Car collecting is quickly becoming one of the fastest growing activities in American these days. Television shows like Fast N Loud, Overhaulin, and Chasing Classic Cars have only helped fuel the flames. Many of us wouldn’t know the first thing about which cars to collect if it weren’t for these shows.


One of the biggest tips for being successful in the car collecting world is to be ahead of the curve and buy your pieces before they explode in popularity. Doing this will save you thousands of dollars and give you the edge when it comes time to sell. Picking the right up and comer is not the easiest of things to do. It’s always a gamble so it’s wise to choose a platform you like and that you wouldn’t mind being stuck with. There are trends to guide you down your path. You can watch auctions like Barrett Jackson to see what sales for what or pick a few older vehicles and watch their values increase or decrease.

We sat down and came up with 5 cars that are due to have their 2nd moment in the limelight. Some of them were overshadowed by the Muscle Car craze of the late 60s and 70s while others just aren’t quite old enough yet. They are all great performing automobiles that sold well and didn’t pony up too many issues for owners. If car collection is something you enjoy or something you would like to get into these 8 cars are sure to go up in value with in the next few years. Hop on board early and cash in later.
5. Mk1 VW GTI.
golf gti mk1

The first generation of the Volkswagen Golf was a success in the United States. They were German economy cars being built on American soil. Who wouldn’t love that right? Despite the love for the little car the American people had caught wind of a performance version called the GTI and they had to have it. When the Mk1 VW GTI hit the streets people bought them up like they where the holy grail. The GTI was the same as the Golf on first look but if you look a little deeper you will notice it had a larger engine and had been put on a diet. The 1.6 liter motor pushed the GTI from 0 to 60 in 9 seconds. That’s not fast by today’s standards but if you add the GTI’s weight of 1,700 pounds into the mix you’ll quickly discover why it is the first true hot hatch back. These little guys can pack a huge punch on your wallet for such a small car. Expect to pay somewhere between $5,000 to $10,000 dollars depending on condition.

4. The Datsun 240Z

already has a cult following that will line up to tell you how incredible the car is. Datsun released its inline six sports car on the American automotive market for the 1970 model year. The U.S. version featured a 2.4 liter inline six cylinder engine that produced 151 horses. That may not sound like a lot of power by today’s standards but the Datsun flew from 0-60 in less that 8 seconds and could reach a top speed of 125 miles per hour. It was faster than the current offerings from Jaguar and even Porsche, which ruled the sports car world in the late 60’s. Suspension and handling were on point as well.
This Japanese car featured some of the best handling the world had ever seen out of a rear wheel drive car before. The Datsun 240Z is steadily becoming more and more popular as the years tick by. You can find them in all different states of condition. Pricing for a top notch 240Z will run you close to $10,000. A fully restored example will easily force you to shell out close to $50,000.

3. 1978 – 1985 Mazda RX-7

Most people wouldn’t expect the first generation of Mazda’s rotary powered RX-7 to become a collector’s car but they would be wrong. The RX-7 was Mazdas first pairing of a sports car and a rotary engine that was made available to the American market. Three sub-generations, or series, were produced but the one to be on the lookout for is the 1984 – 1985 series 3. The American release saw the first use of Mazda’s famous fuel injected 13B power plant which produced 135 horsepower and out performed all of its counterparts by miles. This model was called the GSL-SE and proved to be quickly be a favorite of the American sports car lovers. Japanese fans of Mazda’s RX-7 import these cars back to Japan whenever they can for. That should tell you just how amazing the first generation actually is. A prime example of a series 3 GSL-SE will cost you around $8,000 dollars.

2. 1999 – 2004 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra

The Ford Mustang is already a main stay of car collectors around the world but the fourth generation of the iconic muscle car looks to be on the rise. Ford released the fourth gen Mustang in 1999 and fitted its top of the line GT models with a 4.6 liter V8 that was plenty for most but Ford had already designed a more powerful Cobra model with its in house tuning department known as SVT. The SVT team found that stock Mustang’s solid rear axle was problematic and hindered performance. So they designed an independent rear suspension that pushed the Cobra lightyears ahead of the Mustang. The Cobra to look out for is the 2003 – 2004 models. These “Terminators” feature superchargers that boost performance to 380 horsepower. This addition to the Cobra’s already potent bite makes it stand out from other 1999 to 2002 models. It is expected as the fourth generation ages a little more it will become a collector’s car just like the previous 3 generations but the supercharged Cobra will be on the top of the list. Most of these models will run you close to $20,000 dollars today. Expect that price to double with in 7 years.

1. Chevrolet Camaro Iroc Z

The third generation of Chevrolet’s Camaro entered markets in 1981 and was loved by many drivers around the world. Good performance and handling from an American sports car wasn’t something many owners had seen in quite a while. The Camaro that stands out from the crowd though is the IROC Z. This optional 1985 Z28 derivative of the popular third gen Camaro featured upgrade suspension, brakes, a lowered ride height, and tuned port injection taken directly from the Corvette. The IROC ran from 1985 to 1990 and saw many changes and additions. All of them are great options but the first will always be the best when it comes to collecting. Plan on spending $9,000 to $15,000 dollars on a good condition IROC with a running engine.

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