Predicting The Classic Cars Of 2046
The Crystal Ball

A few weeks ago, Dino posted a story about an R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R that he found for sale in Japan with a pretty ridiculous price tag. Not surprisingly, that story sparked a big discussion about the rising values of GT-Rs and other Japanese performance cars from the ’90s and early 2000s.


After reading Dino’s story and your comments, I started thinking about what the future has in store for classic cars; not just in terms of GT-Rs and other Japanese vehicles, but for all cars from all eras.


Like many gearheads, I spend a lots of time cruising online auction and classified sites as well as watching the occasional collector car auction on television. Even for the stuff that’s way out of my price range, it’s fascinating to watch the values of certain cars skyrocket while others stay flat or even go down.


While there’s no firm definition of what does or does not make a car classic, it’s less about the specific car than about the way people perceive a car. Some may even call it hype. Whatever the case, that’s why cars like the aforementioned Japanese sports cars are becoming so sought after.


For many people who were either teenagers or young adults during the heyday of the Japanese performance car in the ’90s and early 2000s, these Supras, Skylines and NSXs were idolized. And it was all thanks to magazines, video games and a certain series of automotive action films.


Now, a decade or two later, many of the people who dreamed of those cars when they were younger have grown up, have more disposable income and are looking to capture the excitement of their youth by purchasing one of these cars. And when they do want to buy one, they are competing with many who have the same idea.


That rising demand combined with a dwindling supply of clean, original, unmolested cars naturally leads to high sale prices and cars that are now worth multitudes more than they were a just decade ago. Anyone tried to price an original NSX lately?


More recently, the same thing has been happening to cars lower down the food chain. Your Honda CR-Xs, Miatas and 240SXs are all climbing in value, assuming you are talking about a stock standard or tastefully modified example.


This phenomenon is nothing new of course. You can step back in time a few decades and see the same thing, particularly when it comes to the American muscle cars of the 1960s and early 1970s.


When those Hemi ‘Cudas, Chevelles and Boss Mustangs were new cars, young people wanted them. Some people were fortunate enough to buy one new while others had to wait until the prices became affordable on the second hand market. And some never got the chance to own one.


As the baby boomer generation aged and had more money to spend, people found themselves yearning for the cars of their youth. Either ones owned when they were younger when times were good, or cars they’d always wanted but never had a chance to park in their garage.

Passing The Torch

Over the last couple decades, the prices for classic muscle cars have risen and fallen, sometimes being way overinflated and other times dropping back down to more realistic levels.


But as the years go on and all of us get older, I’ve started to wonder about the future of classic and collector cars. Will certain cars always be classic and desirable, or will they eventually get to be so old that nobody even remembers them or has much interest in them?

It’s pretty clear what the classics of the current generation are, as we’ve already seen demand and values skyrocketing for the those aforementioned Japanese sports cars, air-cooled Porsches and other limited production cars from the ’80s and ’90s. But what does that mean for the classics of the previous generation?


The classic muscle car market is still plenty healthy in 2016, but what about 10, 20 or 30 years from now? Logic might suggest that as the cars get older and less common their values will go up, but that’s not always the case.


Take a look at cars from the ’30s and ’40s. While they still have their passionate followers, these enthusiasts are usually on the older side of the spectrum. And sadly there aren’t too many people left who can tell you about buying a brand new Ford Model A or dreaming of an Oldsmobile Rocket 88.


What about a future car enthusiast who is just a young kid right now? Unless they happen to grow up around people who pass down the knowledge and appreciation for these older vehicles, they may have little reason to enjoy cars built half a century before they were born.


Muscle cars and other iconic ’60s machines may be an exception to this as they’ve been so engrained in pop culture that there are plenty of owners and fans born decades after the cars were originally built. I should know because I’m one of them. But it may not be that way forever.


Are there kids today – or kids yet to be born – who will someday be experts on maintaining and restoring cars from the mid 20th century? Or will these cars get to be so old that they eventually fade into irrelevance? One has to hope they’ll be rediscovered, rebuilt and loved the way they are today. And I think it’s up to us to spread the lore to future generations, just as the older generation did for us.


And it doesn’t only have to be about cars from the ’60s, ’70s or any other decade. I’m sure plenty of us will be telling our kids about the greatness of automobiles like the WRX STI, Corvette Z06 and the BMW M3, even if they grow up in a world where electric cars and ride-sharing are the norm.


Hell, I suppose there’s a good chance that 30 years from now any car with an internal combustion engine may be considered a classic. The rapidly changing technology makes the future of classic cars even harder to predict. And with ever tightening rules on emissions, some have said we are living in the final era of gasoline-powered performance cars.


So what do you think? Let’s jump forward 30 years from now. Which cars are the sought-after classics? Which cars are forgotten? Is a 1957 Chevy still a highly desired machine? What about a 1980 Porsche 911? A 1991 Honda Civic? A 2013 Scion FR-S? A 2023 Mustang maybe?

Your guess is as good as mine, but let’s discuss what the world of classic cars might look like in the year 2046…

Mike Garrett
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2000 Ford Mustang Cobra R. Limited production of 300 homoligation special. These will be will into 6 figures in twenty years, mark my words.


Fiat Coupe U0001f60e Pure class car


This gonna be a great classic car in 2046 !


Broken record I know but Evos spring to mind. You look how many are ridiculously modified compared to how many are standard, especially the early model Evos where theres hardly any left anyways. This post to me is quite saddening thinking about the future of automobiles




All internal combustion engines and cars that are not self-driving will have been outlawed by the globalist tyrants.  Only the very rich and powerful will be able to drive on their own private land, in contravention of the very laws that prevent the rest of us from doing so.  We will be trapped in a system of self-driving boxes and classic cars will be kept out of sight by die-hard enthusiasts that hide them from the gangs of armed state police that would confiscate and destroy any prohibited vehicle found.


VW Scirocco R imported to USA




I'm not sure as to which cars will become classics, but I can say one thing is for certain. There will always be cars that the younger generations remeber. As one of the younger members on the automotive scene, I know that one way of generating this lust for classics amongst people a fifth of the age of the car itself is, at the moment, coming heavily from games. I know that when I step onto Forza, that there will be cars on there, made fifty years before I was even alive, that I aspire to owning. This, and as you've mentioned, the huge resource that is the internet will mean some cars will always obtain that "legendary" status, whether it be made to almost fit that brand like the new 911R or a stock NSX. I've no idea on which cars will see a skyrocket in price, or a major dump, but just no that there will always be those cars, so there's no need to worry.

turbo BEAMS ae86

AE86.  Bow down

in 2046 AE86 owners will be kidnapped for there keys. R34 owners will merely be threatened


Only on Earth though. In Mars, where i'll be, it is going to be a rover

turbo BEAMS ae86

Slappy_Pistons the globalists = ass nuggets
I will defend my ae86 against the Soros


Surely Evo 5, 6 and 6.5 will find themselves on the list. Classic cars that like the GTR have been in video games and apart of rally culture since the late 90's!


-S2000 CR

-05-06 Ford GT already 300%+ price increase in a decade

-Focus RS

-Z shooting brake already is almost classic status



Also at some point, anything you drive yourself could become a collectors item. :(


@turbo BEAMS ae86 Slappy_Pistons <3 I will gladly fight side by side with you against that war-mongering, tyrannical shit head.


If I would have 2 empty garage space and the money  to put cars in storage for 30 years, a stock Scion FR-S and a Tesla Roadster  would be my choice.


the world should seriously loosen their restrictions on emissions. because fuck climate change.

jk, but seriously, it would be much easier for us gearheads/petrolheads if emissions weren't crazy strict, and were how they were maybe 50-60 years ago. stupid fucking environmentalists had to ruin the fun for us.


Commenting because sti on speedhunters! Resale value is and has been absurd. Evo is even higher.  What's also strange is I've driven many cars I like better in one way or another.  Pretty sure it's the gold wheels.


I live in the south US, and I don't need emissions for the '95 LT1 in my daily. I guess it all depends on where you live


Vittorio Jano Rover SD1?


you forgot the mitsubishi gt3000


Dill Pickle Precisely.


bluestreaksti STI and Evo values are insane - especially considering that the price of a new one hasn't changed a whole lot.


IvanBe1 Awesome pic! And good choice.


Slappy_Pistons Boy I sure hope not. Wouldn't be terribly surprising though.


thedood Love those things. Wild enough to be remembered for a long time.


Childhood heros kind of cars. Like the GTR 32 winning every race? Beat every other cars on the road too? Hell yea I want one. Hard to say for what makes a classic but a high demand on those cars and adding to them being out of production does make them rise in value.


This too! LoL


Over the weekend I took my kids to the local Targa event. If their reaction (at 9 and 8 years old) is anything to go by, it'll be Lamborghini Huracans. Funny that. I was too busy checking out an ex-Michele Mouton Quattro to bother with it.

From what I can discern, cars like R35 GTRs seem to generate a fair amount of excitement in them too, but what I wonder is, how many cars these days are built to actually last 30 years without completely dissolving? Engineered obsolescence is bigger than ever in the car industry, so the question may be a moot point - ANY 30 year old car may be a cause celebre purely for being built well enough to survive the manufacturer's worst intentions.


370z :)


CJC_Matty Exactly. It'll be the electronics and the fancy gadgetry that'll give out and send these cars to the grave. They won't work properly in 30 years like the classics of today that were just plain and simple. The late 90's - early 2000's cars were the last to be somewhat simple.


Plymouth Laser RS Turbo


I'm a "kid" at 16, and I'd love to work restoring old cars; especially of 1980 and earlier.


E36 m3 will follow the path of the E30 m3 in my opinion. I know there are factors that will never make it as great as e30 m3, but its has a strong following regardless, and actually in my opinion is a steal at current prices that are only will go up from this point. Ive heard the same thing from some competent people. I am biased somewhat as i own one.


Early Hot Hatches will definitely be future classics. Mk1 Golf GTI, Peugeot 205 GTI, Renault 5 GT Turbo, Vauxhall Astra GTE, Ford Escort XR3i / RS Turbo (although these are already crazy money now). They changed the face of the motoring world by bringing affordable performance to the masses.
They were mass produced but nearly all of them have been ranted and thrashed, the good ones are increasingly difficult to find and prices are starting to reflect that now, a 205 GTI recently went for over £25k at auction!


Attila_UK earlly hot hatches are already classic and have been considered that for a few years now


CJC_Matty exactly, can't say better


well for example the AE86. car is now 30 years old after that several models came nevertheless the were FWD. AE92,AE100, AE111 coupes , but they never seemed got the love the hachi got and have till now. nowadays cars aren't built to last in physically and in our hearts.  or maybe it's our generation. but I'm sure we will find out if I'm not to die till then  :D


The collectible cars are always going to be "the coming of age" cars. The model years spanned is broad, but it's usually generational and based on what was considered cool during the enthusiast's respective high school years. It'll either be the car they owned or the cool guy, parents, etc had. Or it'll be one they wanted and couldn't afford when they were young. It's pretty basic: people want to buy their immortality.
Beyond that, you have low-volume cars or the ones that became low-volume due to over-customization or wrecks.
The final variable are what's called "the hot ones". Carmakers always have a car that disgraces the brilliant car before it...No one cares about the 1958 Chevy or the 1973 Chevelle, for example. Contemporary equivalents are the 2001 Civic or 2008 Infiniti G37 coupe.
Anyone shopping for a good deal should pick up a Ferrari 550 Maranello NOW. An analog Ferrari that utilizes contemporary chassis build technologies with a gated shifter and a naturally aspirated going to be PRICELESS in the future. Some are priced as low as $60k now!
To be honest though, it's all gonna be nostalgia for an even smaller audience than there is currently. The performance cars of the future are going to be so much better than all the cars on the road today...even the almighty GTR. The old ones will seem like a bit of a nuisance.
It's not a bad thing...just reality. In fact, because it will be the reality makes it a really GREAT thing.
Unless you're really informed about automotive manufacturing it's difficult to fully realize how poorly today's mass-production, unibody cars are made. They're not great to begin with and you only have to drive a thirty year old car to realize how metal fatigue and spot welds do not age a chassis well.


Difflocked_Mees They are certainly classics in the eyes of enthusiasts but its only recently that their value has started to increase. Good ones are starting to go for big money but ones that need a bit of work are still fairly cheap. A colleague recently picked up a mk1 Golf GTI Convertible for £1300 and a 1.6 205 GTI for under £2k, they both need a bit of work but they are brilliant investments and great fun to drive too.


PeterBajlekov 300zx will be a classic, but not the way you have it looking. Sorry, i am sure 600+hp is a blast, but there is waaay too much blue in that engine bay, your bumper and fenders look like some homemade body kit that went wrong, and wheels need to be changed as well. Also one of the most distinctive features on the 300zx are the taillights, and you covered them with some ugly blackouts.
I feel bad for saying all this, but i think you may need to hear it, since you priced your car very high. I think removing taillight covers, replacing all the rubber boots to black in the engine bay, and replacing front bumper with something closer to stockist looking would help this car a ton. Also some legit wheels and a little drop in height would probably make it look real nice. Ones again sorry if i offend you, i know just how much work you've put in to it if you have done it by your self.


awesomefearwave Well think about it this way, once the point-A-to-B people move to electrics and self-drivers, emissions laws might be relaxed as there won't be as many people using "gas guzzlers". On the flipside, gasoline may get expensive as there's less of a reason to extract it.


BMW M5 Touring, the only M wagon they made...


I think classics are quite subjective, depending on where you're from. Old Volvos and Saabs have strong followings in Sweden and the rest of Scandinavia, but not so much elsewhere, it's the same with old Fords here in the UK and I dare say Alfas and Fiats etc in Italy.

Trying to predict what is going to be a future classic is as easy as catching water in a sieve, especially in this day and age where there's nothing really standout at the moment apart from stuff at the top end of the market and I think there lies the problem. Do you go for a Golf GTi and hope someone in future thinks it's worth having, or is a Golf R the one to have? The issue is, what is there on the market at the moment that really changed the game? I can't think of anything off hand.

Looking at the cars from the past that are becoming classics now, they are all game changers in one way or another, Golf GTi mk1, Peugeot 205 GTi, Honda CRX, Mazda MX5, Toyota MR2 mk1 to name a few. These all brought a bit of performance and glamour to an otherwise dull car market, and were within reach of the average driver, which is why they're all looked upon with some kind of nostalgia now.

What do we have now? Toyota GT86 and a few over powered Audis, BMWs and Mercs? Hardly inspiring reading is it?


What you have to
reconsider is that cars we call classics already don't make them a future
classic. The E30 M3 is in everybody’s opinion a great car. But in 2046 luxury
will be so much further then now. People are adjusted to having televisions in
cars that drive themselves. Do they still want the things we want today? Probably
not. They won’t be looking for a bumpy riding street car, they want a fast but
quiet car. That’s why I believe that todays S8’s and M5’s will be a gem in
2046. They are really quick but without losing a comfy ride. And since they
have a lot of options in todays standards, in 30 years that will be enough for
a 30 year old car.


Porsche 997 Series (2005–2012) without a doubt.
A classic car collector is mostly wealthy, or able to afford OEM parts and factory level maintenance throughout the decades. That sort of enthusiasm and financial background keeps classic Porsche's alive and well, aside from a very solid technology as a base.


Gobal demand and limited production drives value. Skyline GTRs are a given with prices already on the march ticking all criteria. In Australia prices have already risen sharply. Cars not necessarily turning over in large volume, but with many of these cars weekenders, owners not prepared to drop asking prices. With USA demand soon to kick in on lower production R33 and R34, It makes it so much easier to justify to the other half with a smile why you are not longer wasting money on the old Datsun - now an investment !
Have an immaculate genuine 2007 STI Liberty / Legacy, black, manual which I was about to offload. Any interest or worth in these???


997 Porsche 911 Sport Classic, Subaru Impreza 22B, Evo 6.5 TME, M3 E46 CSL, Civic EG6, Integra DC2, MR2 sw20


RollingGT35R  I'm usually just all over Jap metal, but that looks pretty sweet!


Future Classics:
- Peugeot 406 coupe (stunning beauty) 
- Porsche 911 carrera 991.1 (because last n/a Porsche 911 carrera) 
- BMW 1M
- Audi TT 1st generation (give it some years)
- Volvo c30.. just maybe 
- VW Scirocco 

Just a few guesses


IvanBe1 greetings :D


As long as performance cars are still made (and bought) we'll probably have a good choice with regard to buying what is currently out there, or continuing to realize that the "simpler cars" were "better". Better, being the term open to wide interpretation.

Future Classics:

- Chevy SS (the car with the confusing trim label, eventually ppl will want a car that doesn't look like a monster - but is)
- Cadillac CTS-V Wagon (somebody will realize that SUV's are a mistake - eventually)
- Scion FRS / BRZ (there will be a generation of kids that will get to buy these for next to nothing)
- MK7 GTI (I just feel like it can't get better)
- Porsche Cayman S (it's that entry level Porsche we all can afford)
- Porsche 718 (just watch the price drop on the used market)


W204 C63 AMG Black will be a classic for sure. First and last NA V8 to be in a C Class. I might be a bit bias but hey what the heck lol.


I'm surprised that a mom can make $8817 

in a 2 weeks on the internet ..............


Rising prices, ever-deteriorating condition and laughable availability are why I'm learning what I can about 3D printing, CAD and composites manufacturing.

So eventually, I'll get my R34 - but mine'll be entirely composite, left-hand drive and BRAND NEW.

Learn how to prototype - it's where you'll find your dream car salvation.


I didn't even know that you able to earn $7436 

in 3 weeks on the internet .


SonnyNguyen Since the sky's the limit regarding prices, I propose this. Early model with pop-up headlights and small wing. Stylistically, a cleaner, better-integrated look than the later facelifted models.


@SAGE Here's my coming-of-age car, then:


Attila_UK dont forget "The hot Hatch" Ford Focus mk1 zx3/svt/rs

Bruno Miguel Pereira

In my humble opinion, I figure an undoubtedly strong contender as a future classic is the BMW M5 E39.


For some random guesses. I'll say 2004-2007 STI's. Mitsubishi EVO 10. Scion FRS (Toyota 86) 2013-2016. However all these cars would have to be stock or as mentioned in the article tastefully modified. Even today it's already hard to find clean examples of these cars with low mileage.


I can't think of many FWD American made cars that would make the list, unless it was a V8 Impala, a supercharged 3.8 Grand Prix or Bonneville, or a Taurus SHO. Possibly a supercharged 3.8 Buick Regal as a sleeper. These would be more for their uniqueness than performance, since they are all sedans or coupes. All at this time can be had fairly reasonably and are pretty good cruisers for putting lots of highway miles behind you.
A few domestic RWD cars will qualify, the usual pony cars, Impala SS, Mercury Marauder, possibly the Dodge Chargers and of course the Corvette
Any other domestic cars anyone can think of?


Jochem Interesting points!


Bruno Miguel Pereira Completely agree! This car combines comfort, performance, panache, and handsome styling in a way few other cars can. One of my faves!


Muscle cars are going to be a given. Especially special edition cars like the Z06, Hellcats, etc.

I think one thing to also remember is cars that will be collectable just for their styling - especially cars with simple, clean lines. I'm thinking S2000, FD RX7, Porsche 991. Cars are emotional to us and how a car looks is also a huge factor on the "gotta have it" scale.

Simple cars that put the driver first will sell well. They don't have to be expensive sports cars, they could just be simple, fun cars. We will have so much technology driving our lives (literally) that we will want an avenue to unplug and do this on our own for ourselves. Manual transmissions, few (if any) electronics.

I think simple Japanese cars like the EG and EK Civics will start seeing more "nut and bold" restoration builds than we are seeing now. People will start buckling down on these and work to create really great examples.

I predict that historic racing and even track days will become more popular as people move toward self driving cars. We could see more and more track-specific cars being built instead of so many cars straddling the line of daily driver/track car.

Sebastien Demeule

I was reading an article not so long ago, it was annoncing that ferrari would no longuer build stick transmission, they say they have no interest in making car with old tech in it, that isnt performant. I do agree a twin clutch is better than other transmission we have but is it more fun to drive ?
So yeah I think people will look to find those tech that will be removed from our car to be replaced with better tech.


Sebastien Demeule IMO I think an sequential gear box would be the answer or happy medium for people that desire fast shifting and driver engagement. However, the dual clutch seems to be better for most consumers because of it's ease. We can't blame companies for making these decisions when we the people bought more autos than manuals.


@Chris L One comes to mind...


Bruno Miguel Pereira I can see that. The functionality and comfort mixed with performance would be a good future classic. Especially since you can comfortably fit four people in it as the world is moving towards carpooling.


I think that one of the more popular future classics will be the RX-7. #returnoftherotary


JeremieSunico Sebastien Demeule  However, there will always be a place for a manual transmission until it timed-out of relevancy. 

Take the wild popularity of the 911R, and how many are salivating at the thought of a 6-speed manual transmission in the 991.2 GT3.


I'm interested to see what will happen to the value of the SW20 and SW21 Toyota MR2s


Export them to South Africa!!! I exported a turbo one there 5 years ago and it is worth over 12k now!! They were never released over there but it's damn hard to get them registered, you've got to know the right people :)


It doesn't surprise me, supply and demand all day long. 8 years ago you could pick up a R33 GTR cheap as chips, 6k ish. I paid 13k last year for a prime mnp v spec and sold it 6months later for 14.5k. U0001f4b5 speaks volumes!!


My Uncle Thomas recently got an awesome six-month old MINI Cooper just by some part time working online with a laptop


No pics of the Minis or 2002's?..


my best friend's sister makes $67 /hr on the computer


"For many people who were either teenagers or young adults during the heyday of the Japanese performance car in the ’90s and early 2000s, these Supras, Skylines and NSXs were idolized. And it was all thanks to magazines, video games and a certain series of automotive action films."

THAT'S ME. My love for japanese tuner cars started with gran turismo 2 on the first playstation and then continued on nfs underground 2. And now i'm trying to learn how to build a model of a mine's skyline R34 because it would be crazy and almost impossible to get a real one @_@


Elonexx RollingGT35R Same here. I would pick R32 RWD over this or Supra for that metter. But in the right context this car is pretty awesome too. GTR's and Supras are already clasics with prices going through the roof(thats why i dont have one). I was just making a point about e36 m3, since lots of people like to hate on it how its not a "real M3" and will never be apricieted.  Having it tuned to somewhere between 500-600hp helps too ;)


Probably hot hatch like MK.V GTI or civic EG-6


Interestingly enough, a lot of youngsters these days are buying already old cars, golf mk2's for example, cars which already had their time and were great in their day but just as popular now, it will be interesting to see how popular they are in time to come as there will be two generations fighting over them, those that had them when they were new and looking to rekindle that spark and those who had them because they were cheap. They're still common on the roads too, well around here they are.


peugeot 306 HDI...


My pick would be an untouched s13, s14, s15 or FRS. lol Even now people pay a drift tax on them so i cant imagine what they will go for 30 years from now. Cars now are really unexciting and more for getting from point a to b. Sure we have flagship cars like the mustang and z cars but they sure don't make cars like they used too. I am grateful that Toyota put out the FRS, even though I would never get one i still like that they made something for enthusiast.


Those cars are sort of a cult classic. The GNX's are going for $80K-100K.


I agree with all the great cars of the earlier generations becoming classics of 2046 but i also think with electric and self driving cars that simple old 4x4 vehicles will become very sought after as a way to explore the world that the self driving cars may not allow


Yeah Nah Cunt Vittorio Jano Rover 75 of course :P


I would have to say cars like the BMW E46, Toyota MR2, VW Corrado and the Toyota Celica All-Trac are some of the less obvious examples that will likely become classics as simple design becomes a thing of the past.


How about the sw20 chassis platform, specifically the rev 3 turbo's. The only easily mid engined rwd 
car available for "Joe public" , But hey, Im biased. I have one :)


I am stunned that any one can make $4327 

in 2 weeks on the internet .


I had considered the GN, rarer than them are the big rear glass Monte Carlo or Grand Prix aero coupes, designed for NASCAR. Given that they are a classic already, I stuck with newer cars.
Great pick though, the Buick GN's were the best of the bunch.


Slappy_Pistons This is will happen for the safety of the public but I can't imagine it happening for at least 50 - 100 years. Only time will tell though!


MPistol I've always thought CTS-V Wagon for sure! Don't forget the Pontiac GTO/G8 variant of the Chevy SS or Holden Monaro, depending on your hemisphere.


JLWturbo  I am taken by surprise that any body can make $6295 

in 1 month on the computer .


my Aunty Peyton recently got a nine month old Audi Q7 SUV by working parttime online...


what Jennifer said I am amazed that you can get paid $6441 in a few weeks on the computer .


Sebastien Demeule
Consider the Ford Model many people today would be able to operate one?  The answer is very few, because the machinations of the Model T are VERY different from how cars operate today.  30 years ago, just about every motorist knew how to operate a manual transmission, and most knew how to operate a "3 on the tree" manual transmission...nowadays very few people have had that experience.  We're already seeing a fundamental shift away from the general driving populace knowing how to operate a manual transmission car.  30 years from now, it'll be a rare skill set indeed, probably akin to operating the controls of a Model T today.

30 years from now, barring some sort of widespread maintained hipsteresque cult interest in manual transmissions, I'd expect this factor to have an effect on value.  Manual cars will slip in value with the mainstream, and automatics will gain in relative value (sad, but true).  The esoteric "cool" factor of manual transmission cars will always be there, though.


JLWturbo I agree but also the AW11. I'm biased here since I have one of them.


Uh yeaa, those have been a classic for quite awhile now. Really almost immediately after they came out


I have to say with absolutely no doubt that GC8 coupes will be on the list of highly valued classics in the coming future. Race dominating heritage, timeless looks, rarity of them made, and hardcore bleed "stars of Pleiades" fans. As an owner of an extremely clean 1 owner example with less than 50k on the dash I can only hope


Corrados are sooo underrated, only VW I find to look really awesome


+1 for the Taurus SHO


Hell yea!! Anything Subaru is tops in my book lol but then again I just may be the largest subaru fan in my entire state of FL. From GCs, STIs, SVXs, Fozzies, BRATs, and even Justys and GLs


I'm actually amazed nobody had mentioned the first gen Imprezas whatsoever, let alone the much rarer and desirable coupe


90s classic cars will be THE classics in the next 40 years.. since anything newer than those are made of plastic and computers, and looks horrible


my dad recently bought a nice twelve month old Mercedes GL-Class GL63 AMG 

only from working parttime online.


That picture of the 2004 STI gave me chills. Someday I'll buy one of those <3


My Uncle Jack just got an almost new white Ford Fiesta just by working from a macbook
ONLY ▒▒ ...➥➥➥


abezzegh87 People were probably saying the same thing about '90s cars in 2001 to be fair.


@bleacher8 Good point. Already feels like we are kinda in a 4x4 boom actually.


silvermaple_saturn Already going up. For the non-abused examples obviously.


what Joshua replied I am startled that people able to profit $9827 in one month on the internet . 


My Uncle Wyatt got a nice 6 month old Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid 

by working parttime from a macbook..........


I'm surprised that some one can get paid $8765 

in 1 month on the computer .


My Uncle Leo recently got white Mitsubishi 

by working from a laptop...............


GOLF R32 MK4...we'll see high raise in value over the next few years...


Ford Fusion Sport, Fiesta ST, Fiat 500 Abarth, Dodge Magnum srt8, gt86 twins, Lexus IS-F, etc...


My feelings towards the subject matter, is so long as there is a rebirth, reboot, or refresh, of past icons there will always be an allure towards previous generations of those models. The intriguing history of a lineage will keep these classics alive and relevant, but a vast majority of cars that don't have a cult following will fade into obscurity. it's just the cycle of life.


Jochem Let's remember, it must also be beautiful. Split the difference, give 'em an E38.