The classic car insurance and valuation firm Hagerty has published its annual 'Hot List' of readily available, affordable cars -- i.e., that cost less than $100,000 (approx RM445,800 pre-tax)-- that, in its opinion, are destined to become collectible.
And while the list is eclectic, containing Italian, German, American and Japanese cars of both the sporting and utilitarian variety, they all have offer something out of the ordinary for ordinary money. "All ten have that 'it' factor that makes them stand out from the crowd," said McKeel Hagerty, CEO of Hagerty. "In some cases it's power, in some cases it's innovation or drivability, but all of them have the qualities that define a future classic."
Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
The car that the once great Italian manufacturer sees as its chance to reassert itself in Europe and the US, it boasts a glorious turbocharged V6 that outputs 505hp and levels of performance that will come as a surprise even to those that habitually buy ‘hot' BMWs or Mercedes. However, at $72,000 it's also the most expensive car in this year's list.
This is the version of Audi's diminutive coupé that offers performance on a par with its looks. It keeps the five-cylinder engine that has been a constant since the original car rolled out in 1998 but thanks to prodigious turbocharging it goes from 0-100km/h in 3.7 seconds.
Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
Anniversary models of cars that already have a cult following are going to be popular now and in the future, but this particular muscle car delivers in terms of usability, styling, comfort and of course rapidity as well as simply rarity.
Chevrolet Colorado ZR2
Billed by its makers as being in a class all by itself, this is a pickup that really can head off the reservation thanks to shortened overhangs, unique shock absorber and chassis setup. However, Hagerty points out that its future collectability will be down to initial production numbers, the fewer, the better.
Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport
A lowered hoodline, a 6.2-liter V8 and a dry sump for cornering on the red line, this special edition Corvette already has a lot going for it. Add the fact that it's been styled to doff its cap to classic Corvettes of the 60S and this car screams "collectable."
Fiat 124 Spider Abarth
Based on the Mazda MX-5 Miata, the standard Fiat Spider ups the creature comforts but struggles to keep up with its Japanese twin in terms of poise and handling. However, the Abarth version has no such problem thanks to a tweaked engine and exhaust system.
When it launched in 2009, it defined a new pickup sub-segment, and the latest version is Ford's best yet -- faster, more powerful, more able and yet lighter. What's more its racing pedigree is continuing to grow.
Mazda MX-5 Miata RF
For 2017, Mazda has added a sliding hard top to its roadster that at the flick of a switch turns it into a Targa complete with flying buttress rear quarter details. The suspension is also more supple to compensate for the 40kg of added weight. But the roof also turns it from summer car to a year-round sportscar.
Porsche 718 Cayman/Boxster
The latest iteration of the German company's entry level hard top and soft top sports cars are the first with four- rather than six-cylinder engines but they're also the most powerful yet and are even more balanced and poised in the bends.
One of the best driver's cars at any price, the Toyota is a steal at $26,255 and rather than mess with a winning formula for 2017, the company has simply accentuated the car's best points even further by tightening up the suspension and ensuring it's still offered with a manual transmission.
They may not have made the list, but these 10 best-sellers from 2016 may stand a chance yet.