Hagerty Publishes 2017 “Hot List” of Future Collectible Cars
What cars and trucks could be collectibles to enthusiasts in 2037? Hagerty Insurance Agency, a specialist in classic car insurance, gazes into its crystal ball annually for its “Hot List” and speculates that these10 current models have the potential to be collectibles.
To qualify for the 2017 Hot List, models must be produced within the 2017 model year and have an MSRP below $100,000. This year, four on the list are made by Detroit’s automakers—three are from Chevrolet and one from Ford. Two of the 10 are trucks and one is a crossover. Only two Japanese models make the classic roster in 2017 and they have the most reasonable retail price tags.
The accompanying gallery features all 10 of the new car and truck models on the 2017 Hagerty Hot List, along with base prices and brief notes from Hagerty on why these vehicles are most likely to grow in appeal—often because of engine power, innovation, or motoring drivability. The models are listed from least expensive to most expensive.
Hagerty says aggressive styling, a wider stance, and tuned-up shocks and springs give the upgraded Toyota 86 added agility with the sporty fun of a manual. Formerly known as the Scion FR-S, this car was the darling of the entry-sports car market.
Fiat 124 Spider Abarth
When Fiat announced the return of the classic 124 Spider, enthusiasts applauded, especially since the architecture is shared with the Mazda MX-5 Miata. Hagerty suggests that the zest of 0-60 mph in 6.3 seconds is no slouch and says, “The 124 Spider provides more power than its cousin through a Multi-Air turbo engine with Italian verve.”
Mazda Miata RF
A hardtop targa roof is new to the MX-5 Miata that made last year’s Hot List. This year, the Mazda Miata RF roadster “opens the door to a new market with a more rigid structure and coupe-like design,” Hagerty says.
Chevrolet Colorado ZR2
“Americans love their trucks.” This Colorado midsize pickup boasts off-road super-competence. The ZR2 comes with plenty of off-road technology—dynamic shocks, locking front/rear differentials, enhanced ride height, and a wider track. “Future collectability for this model lives in the hands of Chevrolet’s production planning staff,” Hagerty opines.
The first Ford Raptor large pickup truck defined a new segment when it launched in 2009. This special-edition F-150 has continued through economic downturns and, with lower production runs, it is already becoming a favorite for collectors. Hagerty points out that in 2017, “the Raptor is back with bigger muscles” and 500 lbs. less body weight.
Porsche 718 Cayman/Boxster
(Base price—Cayman: $53,900; Boxster: $56,000)
Porsche is all about cars and crossovers that enthusiasts love to drive, and there are few better to drive than the 2017 Porsche 718 lineup, Hagerty believes. “A brand-new, turbocharged, flat-four engine” gives the 718 line 25 more horsepower than previous models, even with reduced displacement.
Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
Hagerty believes this may be the most important Camaro in nearly 50 years with performance upgrades that could make last year’s Corvette nervous. “The legend continues to inspire and the Camaro ZL1 will reach a whole new audience with this instant collector’s car,” according to Hagerty’s notes.
Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport
Not to be outdone, the Corvette Grand Sport will sprint to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and pull off a quarter-mile course in 11.8 seconds with technology that Hagerty says “competes with the big boys, while offering a striking visual reference to its predecessors—the 1963 and 1996 Grand Sports.”
Audi TT RS
(Base price—$68,000 (est.))
The Audi TT RS brings “supercar speed to the sports car market,” according to Hagerty’s commentary that points out: “With 400 horsepower from an acclaimed new 5-cylinder engine, the TT RS corners at an extreme 1.2 g-force and accelerates from 0-62 mph in just 3.7 seconds.
Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
Alfa Romeo is back with the Giulia Quadrifoglio packing a bi-turbo V-6 that makes 505 horsepower to reach 60 mph in 3.8 seconds from a standstill. Hagerty notes that this car beat every other model in its class at the Nurburgring speed track and takes the crown in its segment.