When we think about a collectible car, we often harken back to the golden age of muscle cars, or even a vintage imported exotic like an old BMW or an air-cooled Porche. But the value of collector cars can rise and fall, almost like the stock market, frequently making new opportunities to invest in the automotive world. However, determining what vehicle to invest in can be a little challenging. This list contains a few potential vehicles to keep an eye on in the coming year, which might be worth the investment.
Mustang Shelby GT350
When the new GT350 was launched in 2015, it had decades of legacy to uphold, but it delivered on its racing heritage to the excitement of many. Posting blistering track times and arguably had one of the best sounding V8s in recent history, making 429 lb-ft of torque at 4,750 rpm and 526 horsepower at 7,500 rpm. Although not the most powerful muscle car in recent years, it is one of the best handling Mustangs to date, making it a force to be reckoned with on the track, posting 7:32.19 lap time at the Nurburgring. Ford has released an announcement that it will be ending the GT350's production, making the second hand market the only place to pick up one of these mustangs, presenting you with the perfect time to pick one up before they become more troublesome to obtain.
Cadillac CTS-V Wagon
Wagons are a staple among classic American cars. But with the growing trend of SUVs and crossovers, we seldom see wagons on the roads today. However, in 2010 Cadillac launched the CTS-V wagon, powered by a crazy supercharged 6.2L LSA V8 that originated from the LS9 Corvette engine and incorporated features such as a bolstered cylinder block and Rotocast cylinder heads that made a whopping 556 horsepower at 6,100 rpm and 551 lb-ft of torque at 3,800 rpm. This wagon remains one of the fastest station wagons ever built and almost instantly a collector car, with most models selling above their original MSRP with their value still rising.
A small Japanese roadster might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you're thinking of a collectible vehicle. Still, in the 1990s and early 2000s, the JDM (Japanese domestic market) exploded in popularity in the car scene and became a staple of automotive pop culture. today we see cars like Supras, GTRs, and RX-7s are bringing in vast sums of money, but there are still a few Japanese gems waiting too or slowly appreciating in value. The Honda S2000 was launched on April 15th, 1999, to celebrate the company's 50th anniversary. The S2k made 237 horsepower at 7,800 rpm and 162 lb-ft of torque at 6,800 from a high revving 2.2L in-line four-cylinder engine that hit redline at 8900 rpm. Although not the most powerful car, the S2000 was touted as one of the best handling cars in its class with its front-mid engine design and received a spot on the Car and Drivers yearly top ten list multiple times. These cars have been slowly appreciating in value over the past couple of years and are poised to take off, now making it the perfect time to pick one up.
Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4
Another Japanese car to pick up while it is still relatively cheap would be the Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4. Although the vehicle has a track record of being a little temperamental, it was years ahead of its time with features like four-wheel steering and active aero. The VR4's power plant was a twin-turbo 3.0L V6 making 320 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 315 lb-ft of torque at just 2500 rpm. The 3000GT was designed to compete with the Japanese powerhouses of the 1990s from Mazda, Toyota, and Nissan that were being produced at the height of the Japanese economic bubble. Along with their immense performance capabilities, many Japanese cars now hold a significant place in modern-day pop culture and have had a tremendous rise in value. Still, the 3000GT VR4 is one of the last Japanese powerhouses that hasn't taken off yet, making it the perfect time to invest.
Dodge Viper RT/10
Carrol Shelby, after taking a hiatus from some of his better-known work at Ford, came to work for Chrysler in the 80s and 90s. He helped them design many different cars, from the little Omni GLH-S hatchback to the Dodge Shelby Dakota truck and even the Viper. The Viper was loosely modeled after Carrol's own Shelby Cobra but would pack a more robust modern punch. It was equipped with a V10 making 450 horsepower at 5,200 rpm and 490 lb-ft of torque at just 3,700 rpm. In the early 2000s, with its massive 8.0L V10, the Viper was a force to be reckonded with on the track. Sadly, many first-generation Vipers were crashed due to the lack of many modern-day driver aids like traction control, making the first generation a somewhat challenging car to find in good condition. But a worthwhile investment if you're able to find a clean example.
BMW E36 M3
The BMW E30 M3 has already had a surge in popularity and value in recent years. It has become a common theme of modern-day car culture but commonly overlooked is the E36 M3 that has not yet seen the same appreciation in value. E36 M3 came with the S50 engine, earning the title as the first M3 with a straight-six coming outfitted with BMW’s VANOS (variable camshaft spread) technology. Although dismally less powerful than their European counterparts, the E36 M3 we got in the states still produced 240 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 224 lb-ft of torque at 4,250 rpm.
Desirable examples can be a little challenging to come by due to their scarcity, but it would definitely be worth the investment if you come across a low mileage example.
Dodge Challenger Hellcat
In 2015 with the rebirth of the Horsepower wars in full effect, Dodge released a car that would set the bar for all other muscle cars for years to come. The Hellcat has become infamous with modern American muscle cars and was almost an overnight pop culture icon in the car scene, with the first car to roll off the assembly line selling for a whopping $825,000 at the Barrett-Jackson auction. With a starting MSRP of around $60,000, the Hellcat delivered an insane 707 Horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 650 lb-ft of torque at 4,800 rpm. With their fame and the spots they've won in people's hearts, these vehicles will almost currently be a collectible car one day.