Predicting the classic cars of the future

Classic car imageClassic cars are some of the only vehicles that manage to buck the trend of depreciating in value. They may fall a bit when first bought, but over the years they start to increase in value again, as they become highly sought-after, but rarer to find. There are many qualities that form a classic car and you’ll be able to see a range examples at the London Classic Car Show later this month.

This got us thinking; what could be the classic cars of the future? We’ve picked out five potential vehicles from the past 20 years which could become classics in the future. Plus, you’ve got the chance to vote for which you think will be considered a classic car in years to come to win tickets for the London Classic Car Show at the end of February.

Audi TT

The Audi TT could well become a classic in years to come, thanks to its unique design. The first version was released as a coupé back in 1998, followed by a roadster model a year later. Now onto Mk3, it’s the older models which can be picked up for as low as £2,000 that could be a good classic car investment to make. Later versions have been fine-tuned, but we think the initial charm of this two-door sports car is what might attract future buyers.

Subaru Impreza

There are many versions of the Subaru Impreza but it is the sporty Turbo or WRX which could see its value rise in the next few decades. They seemed to be everywhere in the early 2000s, favoured by boy racers especially. Now, there is a fascination with the earlier models, the retro, rally-like style, countless colour options and that original air vent on the bonnet making them instantly recognisable.

Golf GTI

Mk1 models of the Golf GTI have rocketed in value compared to when they were first released, so it seems likely that the Mk4, 5 and 6 versions will follow suit over time. At the moment, they are incredibly popular, which means you can pick one up cheaply and it could be a great future classic car investment. Again, they can be the car of choice for boy racers, so avoid modified models and seek those with a good history for the best value.


Original BMW Z4 cars that were launched back in 2003 still look incredibly stylish and barely seemed to have aged. Two doors and sharp looks make it easy on the eye, while BMW’s trademark quality is plain to see, with rear-wheel drive making it fun behind the wheel. Coupé models are more exclusive, so could be more likely to make a better classic car investment and are renowned to be more enjoyable to drive than the roadster version too.

Mazda MX-5

The Mazda MX-5 already looks like a modern classic. It may have been in production since the late 1980s, but you can find an affordable second or third generation model which could one day become a classic. Some second generation versions have been on sale for as little as £500. A stylish two-door convertible with a great engine, these are some of the hallmarks of current vehicles considered classic cars.

Unfortunately there is no competition with this ID.

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  1. The competition is open to all UK residents, aged 18 years or over, EXCEPT employees of the Promoter.
  2. The prize consists of two standard adult and two standard child (age six to sixteen, children under six have free entry) tickets. The winner will be required to print off the tickets.
  3. The winner can choose their preferred day to visit the show subject to availability.
  4. Should tickets have sold out, an alternative prize of equal value will be offered.
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  6. The closing date for entries is 12pm on Monday 20th February. Entries received after this time will not be accepted.
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