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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?)
- 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.)
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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……
- 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.