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Five future classic cars

Which modern-day vehicles are likely to be the most sought after and why? Motoring journalist Rob Griffin takes a look.

Mazda MX5

Forget modern-day motoring with all its talk of rising fuel prices and costly car insurance.

Instead, let's turn our attention to modern-day machines that not only have the potential to turn heads on the high street but are also hotly tipped to rise in value over the coming years.

Modern motors that are future classics  

These are the classic cars of the future – as predicted by a combination of classic cars owners surveyed by insurance broker Footman James, and a number of industry experts.

The survey found that the Mazda MX-5 was the vehicle thought most likely to be an icon in half a century's time, followed by the Bugatti Veyron and Audi TT.

Here are the main contenders.

Mazda MX-5

This gorgeous machine, pictured above, is also known as the Miata and arrived on the scene to huge acclaim in the very late 1980s.

With stunning good lucks evoking memories of classic sports cars such as the Triumph Spitfire and Alfa Romeo Spider, it's easy to see why it made such an impact.

Today you can pick up one of these fun-packed machines for just a few thousand pounds.

But even though there's no shortage of them around, they have enduring appeal, according to Tim Schofield, director of auction house Bonhams' UK motor car department.

"The MX-5 is great driving fun and very pretty," he says.

"I remember seeing one for the first time on a street in San Diego and everyone was looking at it - even though there were half a dozen Lamborghinis and Porsches all vying for position."

Bugatti Veyron

Bugatti VeyronOkay, this might not be in many people's budgets but the Bugatti Veyron has just about everything you'd want to see in a super car classic.

That is, breathtaking good looks, outstanding performance, and lashings of praise from industry critics.

The car is named after Pierre Veyron, a former Bugatti racing driver.

It was born almost a decade ago after Volkswagen bought the rights to the Bugatti name in the late 1990s and set about creating a monster with a top speed in excess of 400 km/h.

It has since spawned various versions.

Audi TT

Audi TTThere have been few more eye-catching new cars released over the past two decades than the two-door Audi TT.

This motor has been making people fall in love with it since it appeared as a concept at the 1995 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Production of the coupé version started three years later and various versions of this beautifully designed machine, have since followed.

It was even branded "one of the ultimate fashion accessories of the 21st Century" by car bible Auto Express.

Brian Chant, proprietor of Dorset Vintage & Classic Auctions, says the build quality and performance – especially among the bigger engine models – is good.

"It's also about the styling as it's individual," he adds. "Cars nowadays look the same but the Audi TT is different."

Fiat 500

Fiat 500The original Fiat 500s date back to the 1950s but the new incarnation of this fascinating little car, which was unveiled in 2007, has all the attributes of a future classic.

Add to this the thousands of accessories that can be chosen and you have the makings of a unique offering.

The combination of quirky styling, fuel efficiency, and its tiny stature has led to strong demand from buyers in more than 100 countries.

In fact, the one millionth Fiat 500 rolled off the production line at the back end of 2012.

"They are a great homage to the old versions and I'd love to own one,"” says Schofield.

Aston Martin DB9

Aston Martin DB9Launched to acclaim in 2003 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the DB9 was the first car to be produced at Aston Martin's new Gaydon headquarters.

Powered by a V12 engine, it replaced the DB7 and its name missed out the '8' to avoid the perception that it had a V8 engine under the hood.

The DB moniker is a tribute to Sir David Brown, the agricultural and engineering entrepreneur, who bought the company for just over £20,500 when it was put up for sale in 1947.

A heavily revised 2013 version of the DB9 has been released to continue the bloodline.

So how do you spot a future classic?

If a car has received fantastic reviews since launch and has timeless good looks then the chances are that it will become a classic in time, according to Tim Schofield at Bonhams.

"A car that ticks all the right boxes is likely to be held in great regard and esteem," he says.

"The question is how long it will be before it becomes a classic and that depends on factors such as the number of cars built and how many have survived."

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Rob Griffin

Rob Griffin

Rob Griffin is a freelance journalist who regularly appears in national publications, including The Independent and Daily Express. He covers motoring, business, and personal finance issues.

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