With well over half-a-million words written about classic cars in this column over the past 15 years, it was suggested I might be qualified to give some tips about classics of the future.
I'm not sure about that, but because people constantly ask me I'll throw a few ideas out.
Specifically, the suggestion was this: Which cars built during the 15 years I have been writing Idle Torque are set to become classics of the future?
So, listed in the order I thought of them, here they are.
2001 BMW E46 M3
The potent 3.2-litre, 252kW S54 straight-six engine in this beautifully balanced sports coupe is one of the best - if not the best - six-cylinder engines BMW has produced. The car's clean looks and that distinctive rasp from the stainless-steel exhaust make it intoxicatingly fun and a clear qualifier for classic status.
2005 Holden Monaro CV8-Z
Holden called it the Commodore Coupe when the concept was shown at the Sydney Motor Show in 1998 but it took about three seconds for the excited motoring press and the public to apply the legendary Monaro name. The CV8-Z was the Monaro's swansong and is arguably the best future classic buy. Snap one up while they're still worth less than their new price.
2003 Alfa Romeo 147 GTA
Its name harked back to the original 105 Series-based 1965 GTA but this 2003 version funnelled all 184 of its mad Italian kilowatts through the front wheels. It took torque steer to a new level of unhinged insanity but that engine sounded beautiful in the process. The interior was brilliantly Italian and so was the depreciation, so now you can pick one up for around $20,000.
2009 Lamborghini Gallardo LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni
Even the base model Gallardo is rather special, but only 250 examples of this lightened, rear- wheel-drive-only version were built. It's like the Miura SV of the Miuras, and this 410kW, V10- powered Gallardo was built in honour of the Lamborghini test driver who helped develop the original Miura.
1999 Subaru Impreza WRX
This, the original WRX shape, was in its final stages of production before the less popular bug-eyed model arrived in 2000. If you squinted at it, the original Rex looked like the World Rally Championship-winning cars of the mid-1990s - and we all know what a bit of in-period motorsport success can do for a car's classic status.
2006 Audi RS4
With its widened haunches and active Recaro racing seats that squeeze your kidneys when you sit in it, this haughty German hot rod makes some big promises before you're even moving. Thanks to a 309kW V8 that sings to 8250rpm, it delivers in spades and accelerates like you're being smacked over the head with one.
2012 Toyota 86
This front-engined, rear-wheel- drive sports car bargain of the century became a classic the moment the first one rolled off the production line. Drive it for more than three minutes and it will leave you grinning daftly for hours and asking why the modern motoring world took so long to create something so simple, cheap and wonderful.
Great Southern Street Machine Association, Supercruise and Show ’n’ Shine. Visit gssma.com.au.
Midwest Show ’n’ Shine.
Phone 0418 939 285 or visit mwshowandshine.com.
GM Muscle Car Heaven, Cannington Greyhounds track. 0410 437 136 or visit corvettesofwa.com.
Como Rotary Club Car Show, Wesley College, entry from Angelo Street. Phone 9386 6597 or email email@example.com.
Car Cruise for Cancer Research, meet 8.30am behind Cannington Greyhounds track. For more details phone 0402 300 458.
Vauxhall Owners Club Display Day, Manners Hill Park, Peppermint Grove. Phone 0408 907 433.
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