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Oct 27, 2011 11:55AM
Considering that even now they are hard to come by for under 20k and over 100k in mileage; I believe the MKIV Toyota Supra should have made this list. Car was built so tough that it can be modded out to produce over 500 hp with an aftermarket turbo charger and nothing else. Toyota had built the engine to be eventually modded up to this amount but the world didn't see the need to buy a 55k plus retail Japanese sports car.
Oct 25, 2011 2:19PM
The Dodge Magnum? This list must be a joke.

Missed out on one of the most "Classic" (and "Classy") sports cars of the 90ies; 
the Nissan 300ZX TT. 

It was really the first affordable "super car", followed soon by the Toyota Supra that was a great car, but never really a commercial success. 

The styling of the Nissan 300ZX TT is still today "fresh" and shows no signs of aging.
Oct 25, 2011 3:37PM
the author should have stretched some more on this.  some on the list are already classics - the Z8 is at the top of my personal list.  The S2000 is also already sought after.  Supercars like the R8, GT, and Carrera GT are in a class by themselves and of course should become classics simply by being a supercar - what supercar of days past isn't a classic (probably a few).  Of the American muscle listed here - the Magnum, CTS-V, ZR1, and Viper - the ZR1 and Viper are again in their own class -  even a C4 ZR1 is a classic today.  The CTS-V is an interesting choice  - even in a four door it stands a good chance of being a classic.  The Magnum is interesting.  It has a better chance of being the Nomad of 2057 than being considered the Country Squire of its day so, yes, it has classic potential, I think.  The Prius?  Seriously?  Maybe like early CVCC's or B210's are classic today.
What is a classic anyway?  They could be something that has just been fortunate enough to survive but are often niche, high-end or enthusiast vehicles.  Even Pinto's and Pacers that survived long enough could be considered classics today.  What cars would I want to put away in garage and save for 30 years - Camaro's and Mustangs of course - Challengers too I suppose.  Maybe a WRX STi or an Evo or even a C30 R-Design.  A Hummer (preferably a H1 but any will do). A 03/04 M45 has a classic shape (that no one really liked apparently - I do).  A HHR SS might become a classic.  Mini's will probably gain classic status. M3's probably - except for maybe the E36 ones.  Miata's and  RX-8's will be classics (Miata's already are really).  A G8 GT or GXP will surely be collectable.  Solstice's and Sky's I'm sure will end up being classics.   Rabbits, GTI's and R32s could be classics.  350/370Z's stand a pretty good chance of being classics.  The last GTO's also should be classics.  Toyota MR2 and Supra's are already on their way to being classics.  I can't really think of any Buick, Lincoln, Saab, Olds, or Mercury cars that have potential.

Oct 25, 2011 2:46PM
Well you got that right, The frumpy little gen 2 Prius. sort of a modern day VW beetle
Oct 26, 2011 1:52PM
Hard to believe the biggest reason drove U.S. automakers scrambling to redefine their muscle cars in the 2000s didn't make the list. I'm talking about the Nissan 350Z. For that matter the 90s 300. What a glaring omission to a list of future classics. These cars remain in demand and still have extremely great resale value.
May 4, 2013 12:43PM
Every time I bring my Honda S2000 in for service, the dealer offers to buy it from me.   I think I will be keeping it for a while. 
Nov 9, 2012 6:05AM
Totally missed a lot and added some. LMAO. For instance the Nissan GT-R as well as the whole GT-R bloodline has been on the sure classics list with high appreciation value.
Oct 25, 2011 3:51PM
The Prius is going to be the Solyndra of "classic cars". and btw, where are the 90's Ferraris Lambos w/a 6-speed box and clutch that you actually had to drive, or even one of  the few muscle cars left today, like the Mustang, Challenger, or the Camaro which offer the same? the Prius as a classic car. LOL!

Oct 25, 2011 3:12PM
You forgot the previous gen BMW Z4 with its initial Bangle Design that looks even sharper now in light of design flows.  The Dodge Magnum has to be a joke though.
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