One standard guideline in the automotive industry is that cars 25 years or older are considered “vintage.” Now, Josh Max, a writer for AOL Autos, believes several current or cars formerly in production in the last decade like the Chrsyler PT Cruiser and BMW Z3 could be collectors’ cars of the future.
In the article, Max writes:
“It’s hard to imagine, but once upon a time, a 1946 Packard, ’57 Chevy or a ’68 Ford Falcon didn’t cause a major stir on the highway any more than a Honda Accord, Audi A4 or a Dodge Ram would today.”
Here’s what Max said in part about the Chrsyler PT Cruiser:
“Cheap and stylish if initially underpowered, enthusiasm reached a quick fever pitch, with endless creative customizations, dozens of ‘PT’ clubs formed, and almost universal huzzahs from critics and the public. The great automobile downturn of 2009 put the PT Cruiser on ice, but in 2031, we predict this retro ride will be in demand. Pristine condition is key, especially with budget priced cars like the PT.”
Max believes that if the cars have low mileage, maintain great condition, avoid harsh winter or summers conditions and have original equipment, the following vehicles could attract increasing increase in a few decades:
Chrysler PT Cruiser (1999-2009)
Plymouth Prowler (1997-2002)
Dodge Viper (1992-present)
Audi TT Roadster (1999-2002)
BMW Z3 Coupe (1999-2002
Cadillac CTS-V Coupe (2011)
Chevy Volt (2011)
To read the complete article, visit: Collectors’ Cars of the Future
Article Last Updated: April 11, 2011.
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