If you want to get into buying cars as an investment, British Car Auctions or the BCA have come up with a list of what they feel could be future classics, that today are at very affordable prices.
The BCA started out as the Southern Counties Car Auctions back in 1946, where they sold 14 cars. Today, they sell more than one million vehicles annually and are Europe’s largest vehicle remarketing company. The BCA’s Top Five Future Classics since the turn of the Century are: MINI Convertible/Cabrio (2005 – 2008) – Always desirable, with early models continuing to hold their price well. Demand is set to remain high for the Convertible editions, while the Clubman and Countryman models also have carved themselves a decent niche in the market.
Jaguar XKR Supercharged (2000 – 2006) – Added to the XK8 range in 2000, this model boasted a 370 BHP British-made engine and received ecstatic reviews at the time of its launch. This beautifully proportioned coupe is now very affordable.
Citroen C3 Pluriel (2003 – 2010) – The Citroen C3 Pluriel is a modern supermini with retro sensibilities. It is also a convertible or a ‘pick-up’ with the rear seats folded – a combination of useability and quirkiness that seems set to grant it collectable status in the future.
Mazda RX8 (2003 – 2012) – Early models are now very affordable and with its rotary engine and suicide doors, it is quirky enough to get classic status in the years ahead.
Vauxhall Omega V6 (to 2003) – Essentially a souped-up family saloon, the Omega V6 was a favourite pursuit vehicle for Police forces around the country until it ceased production in 2003. The 3.2 V6 Elite will always be desirable and has a very high specification to go alongside a top speed of 142 MPH.
“Second guessing future trends is never an exact science,” explained Stuart Pearson, MD BCA. But, “if you want a car that has a good chance of gaining classic status in the years ahead – plus the premium values that go hand in hand with that – then there are some interesting choices available to used car buyers.”
So, whether you’re new to vehicle auctions or a veteran, there are some affordable cars on the road that could become valuable collectors’ cars in the future.