Wouldn't we all love to be Marty McFly? Then we could travel back in time to 1955, play Chuck Berry's 1958 song "Johnny B. Goode," and look like geniuses.
The car guy equivalent would be going back to 1995, buying a Porsche 911 GT2 for just over six figures, socking it away for a couple decades, then selling it for $2.4 million today.
Some cars appreciate value after they're released. The trick is in identifying them when new.
Hagerty, the leading insurance provider for classic cars, is attempting to do just that with its latest "Hagerty Hot List." To get on the list, vehicles have to be produced for the 2017 model year and be priced at less than $100,000.
Should you channel your inner McFly, buy these vehicles, and sock them away? We can't recommend that. We feel that some of these vehicles will become collectibles—others won't. Even those that do appreciate will likely decrease in value first, bottom out, then begin to rise in value.
Here is the list, along with our take on each.
2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio. With a Ferrari-sourced twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V-6 under the hood, the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio delivers some real performance numbers. It launches to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds and it conquered the Nürburgring-Nordschleife in just 7 minutes, 39 seconds, which was a sedan record until the Porsche Panamera Turbo bested it. We feel the Quadrifoglio is an uncompromised performance sedan, but with a starting price of $75,795 and unproven Alfa Romeo reliability, we are skeptical about it gaining value.
2017 Audi TT RS
2017 Audi TT RS. The Audi TT RS is a fun little sports car oddball. It packs a turbocharged inline-5 under its rounded hood. With 400 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque flowing through the standard quattro all-wheel-drive system, it can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds, and a Dynamic Plus package ups the top speed from 155 to 174 mph. The car isn't balanced, but a healthy helping of easily controlled lift-off oversteer makes a joy on a track. Will it be a collectible? A check of low-mile 2012-2013 TT RSs shows pricing in the low $40,000 range. Decent, but not exactly the cornerstone of a portfolio.
2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. This generation of the Camaro is the best yet. It has progressed to the point where we are comfortable calling it a sports car. And now, Chevy is introducing the most powerful Camaro of all time, the 650-hp ZL1. It can dispatch the 0-60 mph run in 3.5 seconds and slay the quarter mile in 11.4 seconds. With a starting price around $63,435, that's certainly a formula for collectibility. However, a check of the last-generation ZL1, which had a starting price around $57,000, shows prices ranging from $37,000 to $47,000 for low-mileage coupes. That shows that the value is likely to fall but stay strong.
2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2
2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2. Chevrolet hasn't built a truck like the Colorado ZR2. The soon-to-be-released mid-size pickup boasts position-sensitive damping spool valve shocks, locking front and rear differentials, an increased ride height, and widened front and rear tracks, all for a starting price of $40,995. Add more power and it could be a mini Ford Raptor. Hagerty says the ZR2's collectability will depend on how many are produced. We suspect this feisty truck will follow the path of the Raptor and always command some type of premium on the used vehicle market.
2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport, yellow
2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport. There is no arguing that the Corvette is a performance bargain and the best balance of price and performance is the Grand Sport. It starts at $66,445 and puts up outrageous performance numbers: 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds and an 11.8 second quarter-mile time. Take it to a road course, and it has genuine track capability, too. Expect the Grand Sport to follow the typical Corvette value curve, with an initial drop followed by a rebound some years down the road. The Grand Sport performance equipment will always keep its prices higher than standard Corvettes.
2017 Fiat 124 Spider
2017 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth. Based on the Mazda Miata, the Fiat 124 is a blast to drive. There are some differences, though. The Fiat is a little nicer inside, and its turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder has more high-end pull but less low-end grunt. The $29,190 Abarth offers four extra horses for a total of 164 hp, and it is comparable to the Miata Club, with Bilstein shocks, Brembo brakes, and a limited-slip differential. Will it be a collectible? It should follow used Miata values, which tend to remain strong, especially for specialty models like the Club.
2017 Ford F-150 Raptor
2017 Ford F-150 Raptor. After offering the Lightning as a high-performance street truck, Ford changed the game by introducing the Raptor in 2009 as a fast and capable off-road performance pickup. The second generation is even better than the first. It's more powerful, lighter, has more suspension travel, features even more advanced Fox Shox, and it has a better interior. The first-generation Raptor outsold the Lightning, and it is becoming a collector's piece. This better Raptor is almost guaranteed to do the same.
2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF
2017 Mazda Miata RF. Since it was released in 1990, the Miata roadster has delighted sports car fans with its fun-to-drive character. But many have been clamoring for a hardtop version from day one. The RF may be the closest we get, and it's stunningly beautiful. For a starting price of $32,730 buyers get a retractable hard top targa roof and the equipment included with the Club model. Buyers can opt for the better equipped but slightly less sporty Grand Touring for about $1,000 more. Considering the strong Miata resale values and the special nature of the RF's roof, this one should indeed be a collectible.
2017 Porsche 718 Cayman
2017 Porsche 718 Cayman/Boxster. Those in the know know that the Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman are more balanced than their bigger 911 brother. For 2017, they get new turbocharged 4-cylinder engines, making 300 and 350 horsepower in the base and S models, respectively. The sound isn't as throaty as you get with the 911's flat-6s. However, those who know also know that these mid-$50,000 sports cars haven't caught on with enthusiasts like the 911, so we doubt they will be as collectible as Hagerty predicts. Nonetheless, the 718s are the top two sports cars in Kelley Blue Book's 2017 Best Resale Value awards, so they won't depreciate quickly.
2017 Toyota 86
2017 Toyota 86. The Scion brand is gone, but its most appealing car, the FR-S, lives on as the Toyota 86. It gets new spring rates and revised shock tuning that's designed to make an agile car even more fun. We love the steering response, the nifty little manual shifter, and the tail-happy fun despite the relative lack of power (205 hp). It's a great entry-level sports car, just like the FR-S, but like the FR-S, we don't see much of a collector market. A scan of used car values shows pricing in the $14,000-$18,000 range for clean, low-mileage examples.