Let's start this off by saying the folks at Hagerty know classic cars. They know them really well, and that's why they're good at pricing them, insuring them, and generally understanding the world of collector cars from minor muscle machines to top-flight European exotics. So when we hear thatd Hagerty had just put out a list highlighting the new vehicles that it feels should be considered future classics, we expected to be in total agreement. We aren't.
The rules: They must be new cars and they must start below $100,000. Out of ten on the list... we agree with about three of them. Maybe four.
Let's go through this list one vehicle at a time, shall we?
2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe
1. Jaguar F-Type R: No question, an easy pick and we would put it atop our list as well. However, we feel this one gets in by the skin of its teeth based on the rules. Hagerty is going off MSRP, but if you find someone who had actually paid just $99,000 for this crazy kitty we'd be shocked. Your author has driven a V8 S... which wore a sticker price of $104,000.
2014 BMW M5
2. BMW M5 Sedan: Not a chance. If the E39 M5 hasn't made the leap yet, then the latest iteration won't either. We're not saying the E39 won't get there, because it definitely will... but it's not there yet. If you have your eye on owning one though, you'd better do it now. As for the current car, just wait for it to depreciate... massively.
2014 Chevrolet COPO Camaro
3. Chevrolet COPO Camaro: Instant collectible. It's produced in small batches, so its limited availability makes it instantly desirable for collectors.
4. Maserati Ghibli S: You know how much current collectors love the original Ghibli... wait, they don't? Ah, got it. Look, the old Ghibli is a pretty cool looking machine, and the new car is, well, actually rather excellent, but it's no future classic. No one will be pining for a vintage (current) Quattroporte 25 years from now, and no one will be pining for the baby version either.
2014 Alfa Romeo 4C
5. Alfa Romeo 4C: Yes, a thousand times yes.
2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible
6. Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: This will inevitably be a future classic, but that's practically cheating. It's going to take some time, of course, but it will eventually get there. Buy one for your great grandkids... because you're not likely to see it rise in value in your lifetime.
2014 Nissan 370Z NISMO
7. Nissan 370Z NISMO: Nope. The 240Z? Come to papa. A 1984-1989 Z31 300ZX? Maybe someday. The twin-turbo Z32? There's a chance, but we're a ways off. The 350Z? Never. The 370Z is a great leap over the 350Z, and it's a blast to drive... but we don't see folks clamoring for them in the future.
2014 Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker
8. Dodge Challenger Shaker: The future generation will probably opt for the 370Z Nismo before it spends serious coin at an auction block for a modern Challenger. This is just another thing that the old Challenger does better than the new Challenger... bring bucks at the auction block for years to come.
2014 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon X
9. Jeep Wrangler Rubicon X: The most confusing choice on the list. All those CJ5 and CJ7 Jeeps aren't forecasting too strongly, so why should the Rubicon X? Think 4.0-liter I6-equipped Jeeps, not 3.6-liter units (even though that engine is WAY better than the last one Chrysler stuck in there).
2014 Ford Fiesta ST (Euro spec) - First Drive, March 2013
10. Ford Fiesta ST: This one... actually could happen. The Fiesta ST could be one of those once in-awhile something-special machines that flies in out of nowhere, impresses everyone who touches it, and leaves us far to quickly. We hope that's not the case, but it's highly probable.
So there you have it. That's the Hagerty list, and that's how we feel about it. We'd just like to reiterate that Hagerty typically knows what it's talking about... so we could be way off. What do you think? Sound off below.