9 February 2012

2012 Hagerty Hot List: 10 future collector cars under $100K

A collectible Buick from 2012? Our annual “Hagerty Hot List” highlights those new vehicles that stand above their mass-produced peers. Our team of valuation experts has selected the new vehicles with a MSRP of less than $100,000 that we predict will one day become collectible.

  1. Buick Regal GS ($32,535): It’s been a long time since we could say, “This isn’t your Grandpa’s Buick.” Surprisingly, at a time when so-called sportier makes don’t offer real three-pedal manual transmissions, Buick is doing it with the Regal GS.
  2. Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca Edition ($48,100): Ford is calling this a “race car with a license plate,” and it pays homage to the original and very collectible Boss 302. It’s a beast on the race track, yet tame enough to drive on the street — and all for less than $50,000.
  3. Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 ($61,785): Let’s face it: Americans love SUVs. The problem is most SUVs don’t handle as impressively as they look. The SRT8 version of the Grand Cherokee takes the rugged, go-anywhere look of an SUV and combines it with performance characteristics that would earn respect on a race track. 
  4. Fiat 500 Abarth ($22,000): With a 160 horsepower, 1.4-liter turbocharged engine, Abarth-tuned suspension, brakes and dual exhaust, the latest in-house-tuned Fiat recalls the “small but wicked” models from the past. Fiat’s performance division also includes complimentary admission to the Abarth Driving Experience with each purchase. The cognoscenti line has formed. 
  5. Volkswagen Golf R ($36,000): The Golf’s ancestor, the MK I GTI from the early 1980s, is now a legitimate collectible, and the rare 2004 Golf R32 is headed in that direction. The new, all-wheel-drive Golf R is geared towards someone who enjoys driving, and it evokes the same “pocket-rocket” characteristics of its forbearers.
  6. Porsche 911 ($82,100): The Porsche legacy is built around the 911. Each generation features fun, accessible used cars that eventually swell in value. If you are most concerned about a car holding its value over the long term, then this is the car on this list to buy now and lovingly keep.
  7. Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 ($54,095): Since 2005, the current generation of Shelby Mustangs has owned the king-of-the-hill position in the pony car segment. The new ZL1 Camaro with 580 horsepower brings Chevy back into the hunt and demonstrates that old school muscle is alive and well. 
  8. Nissan GT-R Black Edition ($95,100): Until this year, this is the car that young people in the U.S. have only been able to experience in video games. It manages to squeeze 530 horsepower out of a six-cylinder engine. While the invoice price is out of reach for most in the younger generation, we predict they will remember these cars years down the road after their student loans are paid off. 
  9. Dodge Charger SRT8 ($46,795): What won us over is the giant touchscreen in the center of the dash. And not for the reasons you are thinking. It has “performance pages” that kepe the driver up to speed on performance statistics such as available horsepower and torque. 
  10. Audi TT RS ($56,850): For people who won’t buy a Porsche because they haven’t won Le Mans in quite a while, the Audi TT RS is the answer. This is a car with global appeal, which means it will have global demand several decades down the road.


6 Reader Comments

  • 1
    Ken OKI March 6, 2013 at 11:09
    So many list, so many opinions. Who knows what buyers will want 20, 30 or more years from now when most vehicles will be powered by electric, hydrogen or something we have not even dreamed of. Almost 27 years ago I purchased a 1986 Dodge Daytona Turbo Z and put it in my garage. Today it has a little over 7000 miles and it has little to no collectability. I did not put the car in the garage hoping that it would be worth a boat load of money some day. I put it in the garage because I liked the car and I wanted to have a unique time capsule, mission accomplished. Pick a car you like and can afford, drive it, enjoy it, take care of it or put it away as a weekend warrior. I guarantee that anything built today will be rare and unusual 30 years from now, if it turns out to be worth that "boat load of money" well then lucky you. If not , just enjoy the ride.
  • 2
    Jim De Hart Greenfield,Tn. April 22, 2013 at 01:20
    I just found a 25th annv. Camaro garage keep,one owner,never touched,with 50-60000 miles.In next to perfect con.Would like to know value before I buy it???
  • 3
    Jim Ft. Myers April 23, 2013 at 13:00
    How about a 1985 Dodge Aries?
  • 4
    Hans frederick Annandale Virginia May 27, 2013 at 09:08
    I own a Porsche 911 TwinTurbo 2004 Cabriolet with very low miles. I feel this car will be a high-value collector item as long as I keep the miles down.
  • 5
    Al Dionne Manitoulin Island April 16, 2015 at 08:24
    I see the Dodge charger listed, but I think you missed one. The 2015 dodge Challenger Hellcat. Priced from $60k to $90k is a little pricey but I think it will be worth collecting. Charger is nice (and also has a hellcat edition), but a 4 door muscle car ? Really ? I guess I am just old school. 707hp 700 ft lbs torque is nothing to sneeze at !!
  • 6
    Joe Central VA August 5, 2015 at 20:49
    Don't forget the John Cooper Works Minis (until the awful redesign for 2014). They have that same mojo as the Abarth though they do cost way more. I settled for a second S convertible ( '12 Highgate special ed. ragtop in a subtle dark brown) and it's a stunner of a car. Sadly, it's the last new Mini I'll own given the current styling direction :(

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