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Modern Collectibles: The New Trend in Collecting

Classics, Community  /   /  By Jason Lancaster

Some of the most financially savvy people in the world are avid car collectors. While others look at a car as a hunk of rolling sheet metal and fiberglass that depreciates in value, car collectors seek out the models that are going to earn them their money back and then some.

Car Collecting Versus Classic Car Ownership

I’m sure this will open a can of worms in some crowds, but car collecting doesn’t mean you only collect classic cars and vice versa. As far as many car collectors are concerned, a collectible car is simply something that gains value over time, is going to become increasingly hard to find, and has a significance that isn’t shared with any other car.

Car collecting isn’t necessarily about the love of cars, it’s more or less about recognizing the value in others’ love of cars — you can stop cringing now, these people usually do great things for preserving cars that would’ve otherwise been rotting away in a side yard.

Hottest Modern Collectibles

Here are some cars that many already recognize as high value modern collectibles.

Cadillac CTS-V
Cadillac CTS-V

The CTS-V has been in production since 2004, and since 2004 it has offered people of all automotive backgrounds a way to love Cadillac. It was the first of its kind – a high powered, luxury, four-door sedan. These elements of the model kept the Cadillac loyalist happy while attracted a younger crowd, and made it more relatable. Hagerty’s also names the CTS-V as one of the top future classics because it is a stand-out model.

Buick Grand National
1987 Buick Grand National GNX black

No one saw the collectible factor of the Buick GN coming. This model was rough around the edges and has become extremely popular since 1987. Buick Grand Nationals are selling at auction for almost $30,000 now, not a bad return

Ford GT
Ford GT40

This model has all of the elements of a modern collectible. Its design is an ode to the brand’s history, as well as racing history. The Ford GT was also a high-end, low-production model — an element that always attracts higher auction bids.

Toyota Supra
Toyota Supra

This car is like a famous painter, no one really “got it” until it was gone. Although it had a small following during its production, the fellowship of the Toyota Supra really exploded a few years after the model was cut from the lineup. 1993-2002 models have become iconic models that have been at the center of arguments, races, and magazine articles.

Predicting a Collectible

At this point, most of the cars mentioned already have a crowd of people trying to snatch them up at a steal, so getting one at a low investment might be challenging. Spotting the next modern collectible before they’re realized by the masses is the best way to get the greatest return on your investment.

Here’s Some Guidelines for Spotting a Collectible from Today’s Production Cars:

• Exotic Cars Are Always Future Collectibles
• Special Edition Sports Cars Have a Good Chance of Becoming Desired Collectibles
• Cars with History Often Become Collectibles
• Novelty Cars (Think DeLorean or Bandit Trans Am)
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  1. Derek Mau December 3, 2013 at 4:43 pm Reply

    Buick Grand National recently sold on eBay for $35,100. Not bad for a car that is 26 years old and originally sold for $30k back in the day.

    • Jason Lancaster December 3, 2013 at 4:52 pm Reply

      Love those old turbo V6 GM coupes…buddy of mine had one in the early 00’s that was scary fast, even next to a new Mustang Cobra (another fast car I like).

  2. Chris A. Woodside December 3, 2013 at 7:42 pm Reply

    I own a ’66 TV Batmobile replica.
    I will sell mine pre-auction for $245k for any with interest.
    Seek me out.
    CA IN TN

  3. eBay Motors December 4, 2013 at 6:52 pm Reply

    Hi Chris,

    Thanks for letting us know. Can you show us some photos of it on eBay when you do list it? You can list it at fixed buy-it-now price as you indicated as well.

  4. bill brasky December 4, 2013 at 8:49 pm Reply

    As a guy in his early 30’s a Acura Integra type R will always be on my list should I come into a windfall of cash.

    • Derek Mau December 4, 2013 at 10:01 pm Reply

      Good choice, Bill. The Type R is a bargain compared to other cars with just as much potential.

    • Jason Lancaster December 4, 2013 at 10:06 pm Reply

      The trick is finding a Type R that hasn’t been molested by some wanna-be “Fast and Furious” driver like myself, LOL.

      I owned a 94′ GT-R. It was a fun little car. It only ran 15.8’s here in Denver (we’re about a second slower in the quarter mile than cars running at sea level), but the car saw a lot of street racing action back in my young and stupid days. I could pretty much get races all night long, and I won a good number of them too, as I wisely ignored cars I knew could beat me! 🙂

      • bill brasky December 4, 2013 at 10:15 pm Reply

        Exactly, Jason! It would be difficult to find one unmolested. Maybe they are out there somewhere. That GT-R sure sounded like a blast.

  5. michael December 7, 2013 at 7:57 pm Reply

    Corvette, C5 Z06 model. Low mileage, stock condition in my opinion is a car that can be added to that list.

    • Jason Lancaster December 12, 2013 at 11:05 am Reply

      Agreed. A modern classic for sure.

  6. Lee December 11, 2013 at 6:40 pm Reply

    I own a 1968 Chevelle 396, great ride, big block sound and power will never return. Not a high dollar collectable @30k, but I have a blast and the car still provides great transportation to shows 100 miles away and wins trophies. A great hobby !!!

  7. al short December 12, 2013 at 10:45 am Reply

    where do you guys think turbo cobalt ss chevys will be in ten years they are amazing 4 cyl cars American made!

    • Jason Lancaster December 12, 2013 at 11:08 am Reply

      Al – It’s not impossible to imagine, but I’d liken a turbo Cobalt SS to the SRT Dodge Neon…both were/are incredibly fast cars for their class, and both have some character, but the SRT Neon isn’t exactly setting the world on fire right now.

      A clean example of one of these in another 20 years? Probably valuable. But if you took the money and invested it in another car – like the Integra GT-R Bill mentioned int he comments above – you’d probably do better. At least based on what we know right now.

      The turbo Pontiac Solstice, however, is definitely a collector car…and I think that’s the same engine family too.

  8. john December 15, 2013 at 10:27 am Reply

    and the one that EVERYONE IS MISSING..the Jaguar XJ220..a rediculous bargain given what the similar supercars are sellng for!

  9. JimB December 21, 2013 at 11:22 am Reply

    My 2009 G8 GXP is sure to be prized by us Pontiac guys in the future. It’s faster than my 67 GTO, stops on a dime, and corners like it’s on rails all while transporting 4 adults and a weekend’s worth of luggage.

  10. Tony Zee December 27, 2013 at 11:48 am Reply

    How about the 2012/2013 Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca? I have a 2013 Mustang 5.0, which should/could be on the list, but they probably made too many of them.

  11. Ralph Smith February 9, 2014 at 1:02 pm Reply

    I believed cars were fun and interesting and a source of retirement when I started collecting in early 1970, now is the time to start trying to sell, so will see.

    1970 Plymouth superbird hemi,4 speed
    1970 Plymouth superbird 440 6 pk,auto
    1969 Ford toreno cobra 428 RA
    1963 Studabaker Avanti supercharged R2
    1969 AMX 390 hurst 4 sp.
    1970 Pontiac T/A RA 3
    1997 Lincoln limo
    19 Delorean

  12. Bill O'Rielly May 22, 2015 at 11:35 am Reply

    Honda S2000, especially the CR which had less than 1000 made in 08-09 before the end of production…

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