Future Classic Cars

Let’s all be honest for a moment.

Classic cars are 100% a taste thing. There’s not really a defining rulebook for what makes a
classic car; it kind of is, or isn’t.

But there’s an almost unanimous agreement about what a classic car is, without there being
any hard and fast rules. We all know a classic when we see one.

Tastemaking can be engineered – just like viral videos, or pop stars, or the news. But a
classic car is like a reflex. We just… respond to them in a special way.

It gets weirder. Because some people will absolutely hate a car – but agree that it’s a
classic, and noteworthy. A piece of history.

So… Can anyone tell what the next, future classic cars will be?

Well, no – but at the same time, it’s not like trying to guess next week’s lottery numbers,

You can start to make loose guesses about what’ll become a classic, based on the average
age of the current car enthusiast audience.

How? Well, this is generalising a bit (and probably won’t be true for the next generations), but as
people get older, they tend to get a bit more disposable income. And they start being able to
afford all the cool stuff they really wanted as youngsters, but never had.

And that includes the cars they grew up watching in films and on TV – and in computer
games like Gran Turismo; which crucially, is around about the coming of age timeline we’ll
probably be looking at now.

The late 1990s, early 2000s aren’t exactly teeming with gorgeous cars. The “box on wheels”
look had given way to the “cutesy bubbly smiley faces” era of car design, and killer designs
were few and far between.

But this is also part of the appeal – and many of the cars of 20 or 30 years ago will probably
be viewed with the same wistfulness as those from the 1960s, in some cases, at least, by
people in their 40s and 50s now.

And future classic cars don’t have to be gaudy, big American muscle cars or Italian
hypercars to hit the right notes.

Here are some of the outliers; the not-so-obvious cars that we think will earn classic status in
the not-too-distant future. Whether you love them or hate them.


People made a lot of jokes about this car, but we reckon the original TT – one of those rare cases where a concept car actually makes it to production relatively intact – will be a future classic car. It’s got the look, the drive – and it’s been long enough now that the jokes aren’t funny anymore (they never were in the first place!).

Mercedes-Benz E-Class (Third Generation)

The third iteration of the mid-tier Benz saloon was the perfect balance of refinement, after
Mercedes’ design language had matured for the modern age. Not as aggressive as today’s
variants, but not as cute and bubbly as the generation before, we think it’ll hit the spot for
future classic car hunters.

Ford Focus (First Generation)

You know what? We still see some of these in the garage from time to time. Absolutely solid
machines, too. There’s a good spares market, because of how popular this car was once
upon a time. If you happen to still have one, even if it needs some TLC, we’d be inclined to
say hold on to it if you can – because this once weird looking motor has future classic cars
written all over it.

2004 BMW 1 Series Coupé (E82)

Small and light. Front engine, rear-wheel drive. Relatively affordable. The 1 Series Coupé
was so successful that it spawned its own class, the 2 Series – and even as it approaches
20 years old, the design looks fresh. It served a very particular demographic on release, so it
might be hard to find one in good nick, especially as the parts market will have dried up
substantially by now, but we’d wager that the 1 Series will be a hot one in the future.

2005 Honda Civic (Eighth Generation Hatchback)

After throwing off the “let’s copy the Europeans” approach to design in the 1980s, the Civic
has become a tastemaker in its own right. But the eighth iteration of the hatchback was an
iconic moment in car design – and proper Marmite to boot. Nothing like it had come before,
and it was incredibly well-realised, both inside and out. Honda hasn’t done anything this
brave since, but it did inspire a generation of designers to break free of the same tired
designs. And we can all be thankful for that!


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