Our Two Cents: What to buy 25 years from now?

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In today’s episode of Our Two Cents, we dig into our staff’s best picks for the best classic/antique/special interest vehicle. Except we’re gonna mix it up and only consider what they’d buy 25 years from now. The magic 25-year mark exists because that’s when any vehicle can be imported to the USA as a classic, therefore skirting U.S. safety and emissions regulations for new vehicles. So forget about what you can get right now, imagine what you can do when you’re 25 years older?

Let’s find out what car our staffers will buy in 2048. Precisely 25 years from now.

Alpine A110

Alpine A110 front three-quarter action
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Starting with me, I’ll pick the lowest hanging fruit from the 25-year-old tree, as the 2017+ Alpine A110 is a pure case of “I want it because I can’t have it.” The performance is gonna be worse than a comparable C7/C8 Corvette, but I don’t care; the Alpine must be mine because its achingly beautiful and has adequate performance. Now if only we could LS-swap it, as that’d be a complete game changer.

Camaro SS 1LE

2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE Chevrolet

Senior Editor Eddy Eckart picks a car that will likely become an unquestioned classic in 25 years. Perhaps its one that slides under the radar of all its Mopar competition and turns better to boot?

“Who knows what fanciful ideas I’ll have about cars when I am 68! I’ll probably want one more manual transmission. Fast won’t matter, but handling will. At that point, joy in the drive will supersede tinkering for me, so no projects. Something noticeable, but not look-at-me outrageous. Needs a healthy soundtrack. Seems like I’m headed back to where it started for me: GM’s pony car, though one a little newer and nicer than the ’92 Firebird I bought in 1997. I’ll go with a pre-facelift, sixth-gen Camaro SS 1LE in Hyper Blue.

4×4 Sprinter Camper Van

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Ben Woodworth, our Senior Video Lead, knows that he’s still gonna want a van a quarter century from now.

“In 25 years, my four kids will be out of the house (hopefully) and I will (again, hopefully) be on the verge of retiring! Given those two things, I’ll be buying a 4×4 Mercedes Sprinter camper van. It’s probably the only automotive-related purchase that my wife and I agree on, and it’s basically been our retirement plan since we got married. We want to spend our time traveling the continent camping, biking, skiing, and adventuring. Sprinkle in some visits with grandkids along the way and I’m set for life. There are too many cool places in this world and fun things to do to spend retirement sitting on the front porch yelling at youths as they pass by on their hoverboards and flying cars.”

Pontiac G8 GXP


Editor Kyle Smith picked the last—possibly one of the best—vehicles to wear the red Pontiac arrowhead emblem. Hard to argue with his logic!

“Let’s assume my lack of financial responsibility will turn around in the next 25 years, and I’ll have a little more to spend than I do now. If so, that means I will finally be able to buy a 2009 Pontiac G8 GXP. White please, no sunroof, six-speed manual transmission. With only 299 white 2009 model year G8 GXPs out there, I think I’ll start saving now—mainly because I have to. Regardless, I think history will treat these well even if a lot of folks think it has two too many doors. Practicality, muscular styling, and big muscle under the hood will always be cool.”

Genesis G70 Shooting Brake


Associate Managing Editor Grace Houghton chose the same path as my wish for European importation. But instead of sport, she went looking for a stylish station wagon-ish vehicle that’s unlikely to ever come to America. Well, at least not on its own accord (sorry).

“If it’s 2048, I’ll be chasing down this South Korean beauty, the wagon version of Genesis’ G70 sports sedan. Currently sold only in Europe, the G70 Shooting Brake offers the same twin-turbo, 3.3-liter V-6 found in the sedan, which is genuinely sporting but comfortable enough to road-trip. Perfect combo. The wagon’s fantastically good-looking and, in contrast to the equivalent German, fresh and off-beat. The interior is posh enough to flatter—quilted leather seats; yes, please—but clean lines, subtle textures, and physical buttons keep it from being fussy. Sure, it only comes with an automatic transmission, but I’ll have a manual Corvette by then, so who cares?”

Pontiac Trans Am

1977 Pontiac Trans Am

Managing Editor David Zenlea proves that the more things change, the more they stay the same. An extra 25 years won’t stop him from wanting what he wants right now.

“I can confidently say that 25 years from now I will want a second-gen Trans Am with a Pontiac 400 engine. That’s what I wanted 25 years ago and it’s still what I want today. The world will surely look very different in a quarter century, but I will likely be the same idiot who likes t-tops and large decals.”


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    I am 75 now, so it will not matter to me. I currently own a 1965 T-Bird, a 2011 Mustang GT with some custom touches including a Hurst shifted 6-speed with 3:73 differential gears, a MGTD Kit car VW powered. and a Ford Focus ST. I intend on leaving all of them to my grandkids who hopefully 25 years from now will sell them to one of you for big bucks.

    Be cautious. I followed all the rules with my 26 year old import that I purchased. I made sure that it had ALL the Office of Vehicle Safety requirements met. The Homeland, EPA and DOT forms all had been signed off and Georgia still would not accept the vehicle. Even though it had been registered and licensed in another state where I purchased it from, I had to license it at my cabin – in another state. BUT I WANT IT HERE TO DRIVE. Because the FEDS say that it is legal doesn’t mean the state will be so kind.

    Not only will gas be obsolete so will electric. New technology is coming. We might have no choice, but to modify our cars if we want to drive them a lot. Driving a gas guzzler might be really out of touch driving through all the climate ruined neighborhoods.

    You mean those flooded neighborhoods in NY and FL that Mr Gore predicted would happen 25 years ago.

    We should be good stewards but not patsy’s.

    In 25 years, gas will no doubt be a big question. The other thing I wonder is how many of these cars survive and who will be available to work on them. With the amount of computer chips in cars today (we all remember the recent chip shortage) it will be a total nightmare. In 25 years I would be 101 so it will not be a problem with me. Most newer vehicles are to the point that many of us are unable to do much on them now. That will not get better. Just my two cents.

    No electricity? What will Big Tech do?
    A nice G8 is a gem and hard to find today. I can’t imagine what 25 more years will bring.

    I’m 75 and I agree with those two guys that weren’t sure they wanted to be in 25 years. On the other hand it seems every generation manages to pull it together and have there own idea of what a collector is.

    Great cars, except the camper van thing. Add: ATS-V, CTS-V, the new CT4 and CT5 Blackwings and 2012/2013 Mustang Boss 302.

    I’m 74. I doubt I will be driving in 25 years, however the 25 year deal is only important if you intend to import a foreign car that can’t be imported today. Put me down for a Morgan.

    I recently saw my old boss who retired 15 years ago (he’s over 80 now) and asked him if he was ever interested in selling his mint condition, low milage first generation Ford Ranger. His answer: “I’m going to be buried in it” – so there you go!

    Hey Hagerty – how about a follow up article? “What car or truck would you like to be buried in?” 😉

    Grace, we will have to wait longer than 25 years and maybe forever: the Genesis G70 Shooting Brake is not available in Europe with the V6 from the Stinger, nor with AWD. You only have the choice between a 4cyl. 2.0l turbo gasoline and a 2.2l Diesel engine, 8 speed automatic transmission and RWD.

    well I miss by 1st gen NSX.. so that… nice Supra, 87 el camino, 19 and up Miata for the power, will still have my gr86 with any luck, 82 prelude because its as odd as my GL 99 & 900s were too…. likely a gr corolla, ss zl1 camaro, jeep pick up, any year, any z car, Bristol , any, Jensen with 440, v-max Yamaha, any SRT anything, Merkur XR 4, p 1800, any Shelby anything, … good warm up to play with no?

    In 1978, still in college, in one form or another I was thinking close to the same thing. Both cars (’56 & ’63, the ’56 purchased new) were in our family and through the thought process you are writing about have long been in my garage. (Both long insured by Hagerty…) So, in retrospect I’ve long lived it. Worked for me…

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