Meet the classic cars of the future

Meet the classic cars of the future  
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on 06/22/2010


The Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione has been voted the car most likely to become a future classic, in a survey of the UK’s top motoring media, run by

Revolutionary designs, timeless appeal, iconic in its generation and an ability to re-define a brand were all considered criteria. The survey featured more than 30 different cars sold in the UK from the last ten years, ranging from supercars to superminis.

The top ten featured a variety of luxurious and reasonably-priced models from the 253mph Bugatti Veyron to the retro-styled Fiat 500 Mk II - the original of which is also considered a classic by many. Limited to a run of just 400, the Enzo Ferrari already has the demand of a classic car. Originally sold for US$650,000, the model typically trades above US$1,000,000 at auction, an increase of more than 50% in value since it was launched in 2002.

Alfa’s stunning 8C Competizione, launched in 2007 and limited to just 500 models, took the top spot with over 30% of the votes. Echoing the styling of the original 1930s 8Cs, the stylish two-seater cost around £110,000 new and is powered by a 4.7-litre V8 petrol engine delivering 450bhp. Only 41 examples made it to UK shores. The 8C Spider - a convertible version of the Competizione launched in 2008 - was also limited to just 500 models. Recently, 8Cs have been seen for sale with price tags of upwards of £185,000.

Alistair Jeff from commented, ‘Britain has a love affair with the ‘classic car.’ Stories of vintage Bugattis discovered in barns, James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 going to auction or Chris Evans spending £12m on a Ferrari really captures the public interest.

Carsite wanted to find out which cars produced over the past decade could have a similar effect in the future. There have been so many distinctive models introduced recently, it will be interesting to see which ones retain their appeal and become highly sought after.’

Carsite’s top ten ‘future classics’

1. Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione
2. Ford Focus RS
3. Bugatti Veyron
4. Fiat 500 Mk II
5. Honda S2000
6. Nissan Skyline GTR
7. Enzo Ferrari
8. Audi TT Mk I
9. VW Scirocco Mk III
10. Tesla Roadster

HM Revenue and Customs deem a car to be a classic if it is 20 years old and still retains a value of £15,000 or more.

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