24 February 2015

Hagerty’s 2015 hot list of future collectible cars

At Hagerty, we may live classics, but we love future collectibles, too. And the class of 2015 brings some amazing examples indeed. Here are our picks for some of the top future collector cars from this year:

  1. Alfa Romeo 4C Launch Edition ($69,685): Alfa Romeo returns to America after a 20- year absence with a junior supercar that boasts an impressive 0-60 time of 4.1 seconds and a carbon fiber chassis. It oozes Italianess from every single carbon fiber, making it perhaps the hottest car on a very hot Hot List. We’re looking forward to seeing more Alfas on the list in coming years as they build their lineup in the U.S.
  2. BMW M4 Convertible ($73,450): The M3 and M5 have been the go-to cars for BMW Motorsports junkies since the late 1980s. The M4 offers those fans the silky torque of a twin turbo, inline-six engine but perhaps, more importantly, it’s the only M-car, other than the pricey M6, that can be had as a convertible.
  3. Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 ($75,000): The ultimate road course ready Camaro has arrived. Boasting a weight loss of 300 pounds and the LS7 V-8 with 505 horsepower and 481 lb-ft of torque, Chevrolet let the engineers out to play and they created a monster. Anyone who isn’t aware that we’re living in a new golden age of automotive performance has been clogging up the left lane in a Prius for too long. (How does this compare to the value of a 1967 Camaro Z/28?)
  4. Chevrolet Corvette Z06 ($78,995): Bang for your buck is an understatement for the supercharged Z06. If surplus M1-A1 Abrams tanks cost under 100 grand, we’d be hard pressed to say that they offered significantly more bang for the buck than the new Z06, which may well be the all-time performance-for-the dollar champion. The Corvette has now entered supercar territory at a fraction of the price of the competition from Germany and Italy. The track-inspired Z06 features massive carbon ceramic brakes and a handling package co-developed with the C7.R race car that raced at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. (To compare this to the value of a 1963 Corvette Z06, click here.)
  5. Dodge Challenger Hellcat ($58,295): It feels like the 1960s again. The Cold War is back and so are the muscle car horsepower wars, and Dodge just exercised the nuclear option with this beast. Fortunately, the result is just the opposite of the end of civilization. Limited production and 707 horsepower mean that the Hellcat earns its moniker. Clearly the Challenger Hellcat is here to turn fuel into noise and rubber dust and little else. We love it. (Click here for the current value of a 1970 Dodge Challenger.)
  6. Ford Mustang GT Performance Package ($37,125):  Although the 50th anniversary edition will be debuting this year, we think the GT performance package is the true driver’s car. Ford had a tough job following up the 2005-14 Mustang that is destined to be a classic but they’ve done it very well (better perhaps than in 1967 when the Mustang was re-designed for the first time). Here’s to another 50 years.
  7. Mazda MX-5 Miata 25th Anniversary Edition ($33,000): The popularity of Japanese collector cars is on the rise and the Miata first established itself as the quintessential modern roadster back in 1990. With this special edition also being the last of its generation, it is already sealed as a collectible with only 100 models making the trip to North America. A good reason to look at the outgoing car before focusing on the mini F-Type that is the next generation MX-5. (Video: Click here to see how the “modern” roadster, the Miata, stacks up against a classic Ford Thunderbird.)
  8. MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop ($24,950): New for 2015, the two-door hardtop John Cooper Works MINI is the most powerful MINI ever produced. The performance specs are impressive, but what will have collectors drooling in the future is the attention paid to the MINI’s design concept. All new interactive interior displays and over a million ways to customize the MINI from the factory make the JCW Hardtop a natural choice.
  9. Subaru WRX STI Launch Edition ($38,190): With a stiffer body, advanced suspension and a turbocharged Boxer four-cylinder, the STI is quite literally a factory-built rally car that you can drive off the showroom floor. The smile- inducing acceleration is simply intoxicating, and the very limited release Launch Edition will be loved by collectors and rally fans for years to come. And with the loss of the Mitsubishi EVO, Subaru can own this space unless VW has something to say about it with the next car on the Hot List…...
  10. Volkswagen Golf R ($36,595): “4Motion” all-wheel drive, 292 horsepower, 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph make the all new VW Golf the most powerful VW hatchback to date. With a 2.0L turbocharged inline 4, this VW is bound to excite collectors now and in the future. It’s the Golf that GTI fan boys and girls have been begging VW to build.

22 Reader Comments

  • 1
    Alex United States February 27, 2015 at 12:54
    Just a correction, the picture you guys have of the mustang is not the GT Performance pack.
  • 2
    Miriam McCue Florida March 4, 2015 at 15:51
    Where is the 2014 list? I just got a 2014 C7 ZX51 lt3 (Editor's Note: You can find the 2014 list here - http://www.hagerty.com/corporate/Press/Press/2014/01/06/2014-Hot-List)
  • 3
    Kimble Bartlow Mesa, AZ USA March 4, 2015 at 17:25
    I am liking a really clean 2008 Mustang Bullitt, too. No frills, runs and drives great, and is a great color as well. (Forget the black ones. Whose idea was that???)
  • 4
    Mike USA March 4, 2015 at 17:28
    The Mustang should be a Boss 302, not a GT.
  • 5
    john hoover pittsburgh pa March 4, 2015 at 17:42
    Just curious what you think of the future value of low mile pristine 2004-2006 Pontiac GTO'S?
  • 6
    Mike auclair California March 4, 2015 at 19:44
    You haven't driven the Lexus RCF. I bought one. It is faster to 60 than a Lamborghini Gallardo. But I know, we don't like Jap cars, right?
  • 7
    John Loughridge Denver, CO March 4, 2015 at 20:04
    Where's the Saab 900 turbo convertibles, and 900 special editions only produced from about '87 to '93 (a few '93s titled as '94's)? There are not many really good ones left.
  • 8
    Alister Bell Annapolis, MD March 4, 2015 at 21:00
    All rather traditional performance-sporty cars designed for a driving environment that barely exists. I wonder if there might be a possibility that oddball green cars and unusal trucks could be big collector's items. Examples: The SMART car, the Mitsubishi i-Miev, the Leaf, the Volt, and then trucks like the Ford Raptor, RAM diesel, Toyota TRD Pro specials, and some of the over-the-top SUVs from the German manufacturers. Also those $60K pickups like the King Ranch.
  • 9
    Chris Fails Meadow Tx. March 4, 2015 at 21:18
    What a line up of future collectibles. I think Hagerty made some good selections and covered a broad area.
  • 10
    Gary F Memphis, TN March 4, 2015 at 22:06
    Sorry, disagree with the new Mustang. Design has jumped the shark after the very successful and highly customizable 05-14 generation. Mechanicals and interior are nice, but the exterior just isn't cutting it. It's supposed to be an American Muscle car, darn it!
  • 11
    wilson werhan walnut grove, CA 95690 March 4, 2015 at 23:56
    I believe that the Honda S2000 roadster should be on your list. A beautiful, limited production, high performance, well built, great handling sports car.
  • 12
    Jack Wisconsin March 5, 2015 at 14:23
    While I like the looks of some of these cars. Don't feel any of them are collectable, they're just cars. imo I like the Challenger, but Hellcat, what kind of name is that.
  • 13
    Jack Wisconsin March 5, 2015 at 14:24
    While I like the looks of some of these cars. Don't feel any of them are collectable, they're just cars. imo I like the Challenger, but Hellcat, what kind of name is that.
  • 14
    Alan Reed Fort Wayne, IN March 5, 2015 at 15:28
    Too many fine cars, not enough time... Have owned 50+ cars. Just bought a 2004 350Z roadster conv. one of the finest. Are there any on line articles about the 350Z ?
  • 15
    Jim Uliano shelton, CT March 5, 2015 at 19:11
    I bought the first generation Shelby GT500 in August 2006. It just the way it came off the car carrier. Never titled, never registered, only 15 miles. Red with white stripes. All stickers and inspection marks in place. I am considering selling it. Any body have any idea of what it is worth?
  • 16
    Lorne Davis Durand MI March 5, 2015 at 08:02
    You missed the two future collectables which can still be purchased cheap and will also increase in value the most, percentage-wise. The Crossfire and that little Pontiac two seater convert! Cars you mention are too expensive now for the average person! And they are more unique looking then the Miata, which while it is cute is just another Brit MG.
  • 17
    Joe United States March 5, 2015 at 08:55
    Gotta say I wish I'd waited for VW's little blue monster. I finally found a subtle-looking Mini S (subtle-looking Minis do exist), my second Mini so far, but the Golf is by far the hot hatch I've been drooling to own. VW's styling has improved. Meanwhile, the post-2014 redesign for the Mini really hurt its looks, as many of us Mini-faithful contend. The JCW appearance packages try way too hard to look fast. I'm reminded of the zany stripe packages on the final years of classic muscle cars.
  • 18
    John United States March 5, 2015 at 09:33
    How about the Porsche Cayman GT4?
  • 19
    jason fell tracy ca. March 6, 2015 at 03:35
    You missed the car that started the muscle car horsepower wars which is the Shelby gt 500.
  • 20
    Dennis Tesch Oak Creek, WI. March 7, 2015 at 16:11
    I think the Charger Hellcat will be more collectable mainly because there will be more Challengers produced. See ya in 20yrs
  • 21
    Robert pfenninger Middleburg hts Ohio March 11, 2015 at 07:04
    I don't understand bringing new cars to a car show when you have done nothing to it but buy it the only thing you know about it is what's in the owners manual
  • 22
    harley USA Nebraska March 20, 2015 at 16:36
    ((Although the 50th anniversary edition will be debuting this year, we think the GT performance package is the true driver’s car.)) FYI...All Mustang LE's come equipped with GT & PP even the Automatic comes with PP but not available on the non LE GT...Please get your facts straight.

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