Predicting forever love is a tricky business - especially when it comes to cars. There are dozens of factors that influence whether a vehicle will be a highly sought-after collectible classic or just an old, used car. And although all new cars on sale today will be considered "classics" by the working definition of the term in 25 years, not all will be celebrated sufficiently to participate in the festivities surrounding the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. We think these 18 cars should make the cut in 2043, however. Since it was produced for just one model year and limited to 3,300 copies worldwide, there was never any doubt that the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon would attain instant collectible status. With its long list of drag racing-specific equipment and supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 that makes 840 hp on race gas, the Demon has left skid marks on the automotive world's collective psyche, meaning you can expect interest to only go up in the next 25 years. Since the Demon is now sold … [Read more...] about 18 Future Classics You’ll See at Monterey Car Week in 2043
The Aston Martin Cygnet is basically a Scion iQ with a new face and a fancy interior, and it existed in large part to help the British sports car brand meet emissions requirements. So surely it doesn’t have any collectable value, you may think. But then you’d be wrong. It’s a crazy thought, but the Aston Martin Cygnet is a future classic, and we should probably all buy one right now. Imagine an Aston Martin made for only a few years and sold in quantities of less than a couple hundred. Imagine if that car had a fancy interior and an engine that made just under 100 horsepower. The 90 horsepower Aston Martin 2-Liter Sports (retrospectively called the DB1) sold between 1948 and 1950 or the 70 horsepower Series-2 “Le Mans” from 1932 to 1933 may jump to the front of your mind. But, no. I’m talking about something even more powerful and even more luxurious— “bespoke,” even, as the British would say (just look at that photo above; … [Read more...] about The Aston Martin Cygnet Is a Future Classic
Collecting classic cars is often a big-budget activity, but there are cool vintage machines out there that don't cost and arm and a leg to own. Which one do you think is best?The one car that comes to mind for me is the E30-generation BMW 3-Series. The high-performance M3 has shot up in value these past few years, but models the 325is still offer the looks, sounds, and the feel of a true classic, without breaking the bank. We even have a buyer's guide that thoroughly covers anything you'd need to know before buying an E30, in case you're planning on it. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Now we'd like to know: Which classic car do you think is best for a collector on a budget? It doesn't have to be something foreign like the BMW, either. American muscle is perfectly acceptable as well. Let us know in the comments below. … [Read more...] about What’s a Cool Classic Car Perfect for a Collector on a Budget?
On March 2 – 4, 2018, the Classic Auto Show (CAS) is being held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Given such diverse car culture in SoCal, it’s only fitting that the show offers up some of the best representations of the hobby. Over 1,000 cars will be in attendance with seven newly added exhibits and a star-studded cast from the biggest automotive shows on the silver screen. Hot RodsLike bacon and eggs, hot rods and Southern California go hand in hand. The “Hot Rods” exhibit will showcase three iconic cars from Bruce Meyer’s collection: the Doane Spencer Roadster, Person Brothers 2D coupe, and the So-Cal Speed Shop Belly Tank. A few big clubs from the area will be showing their rides too. The Sultans Car Club of Long Beach, Wild Bunch Car Club, Hot Paints Restorations, and the Road Kings of Burbank will all be showing some prized steel. You’ll also be able to meet the editors here at HOT ROD magazine throughout the show at our booth. Lowriders … [Read more...] about The Classic Auto Show Returns to L.A.!
When Carroll Shelby pulled out of his partnership with Alejandro De Tomaso, De Tomaso took it personally. Exactly why their deal to build the P70, an Italian-designed replacement for the Shelby Cobra, went south isn’t exactly clear. Tall tales run the gamut from Shelby’s prior Ford obligations, to mafia ties, to self-enforced exiles to Africa.What isn’t speculation, however, is that after the deal fell through, De Tomaso named his next production car, which was loosely based on the P70, the Mangusta. In Italian, Mangusta means mongoose, the only predator of the cobra. Seems Taylor Swift wasn’t the originator of subtle public shaming.The Mangusta’s rarity stems from the fact that only 401 were made. Their less-than-perfect Italian construction and propensity for rust means that of those, only around 250 still exist. Hence us ogling one at last year’s Concorso Italiano during Monterey Car Week. Bud Millard, a retired automotive appraiser from northern … [Read more...] about Classic Ride: 1969 De Tomaso Mangusta