Continuing on from yesterday’s post, we are trying to look into the future, using our past blog discoveries to predict what will make it as a future classic in decades to come.
We have already confirmed that style and cult design have a huge impact on a vehicle’s chances. Here are a few more categories:
Perhaps this is a bit of a long-shot. But remember the Ford Model-T? Undoubtedly that vintage car became a ‘classic’ (in the literal sense of the word). It was even voted the greatest car of all time.
Now I’m not saying the release of the Toyota Prius was as game-changing as the first production line car. However, in 50 years time, when we’re all driving our manure-powered eco-machines, we will surely look back at the first mass-market hybrid as a catalyst for this new breed of super-economical cars.
Priuses (or Prii) have their haters, but they also have a number of fans, as proved by the recent figures claiming numbers now exceed 5,000,000. And while this goes against our principle that rarity is key to future value, Model Ts were also made in the millions, and look how iconic they still are today.
This picture shows the first generation Prius, which, at its launch became the world’s first mass-produced gasoline-electric hybrid car.
Our second Japanese import is the Nissan Skyline R34 GTR. It only made it to the UK in very limited numbers, and as we have seen from previous examples, rarity has a huge impact on a car reaching classic status.
Watch this space.
Petrol heads like style. They fall weak at the knees for power. But what really go crazy for is speed. Going down the years, the true classics are those that have broken record after record. Go back 90 years and you’ll be looking at the 5-time Le Mans winner, Bentley 3-Litre. Fast forward 30 years and we are introduced to the Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa – style icon and 3 times Le Mans winner.
Today we have some very, very fast cars. But is there anything to compare to the superstar status of the Bugatti Veyron? The Super Sport version which, according to Fox Sports Speed, shattered the landspeed record for a production car with an unbelievable 267.8mph. If only Bentley’s drivers of the 1920s could see it now – this car can’t be anything other than a classic.
Come back next week to see our guide to selling your prestige cars. Do bear in mind though, that borro can help unlock a vehicle’s value without the need to sell, making sure you keep hold of your prize asset and future investment.
Until next time, Ed Hallinan and the borro team.