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2014 Hagerty Hot List
Ever wonder what new car could become a collectible in the future? Hagerty Insurance has released its “hot list” of this year’s vehicles that stand out as likely being a collectible within the next 25 years.
To make a car eligible for the list, it must be produced within the 2014 model year and have an MSRP under $100,000 excluding delivery. All prices listed in our Top 10 however include destination charges.
10. Ford Focus ST
Interested in nabbing yourself a future collectible? Hagerty Insurance specializes in classic cars and is predicting the top 10 most collectible cars of 2013 that are under $100,000.
Listed based on the vehicle’s MSRP, the Ford Focus ST kicks off the list in the number-10 spot with a starting price of $23,700. Powered by a 2.0-liter, turbocharged engine with 252 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque, the American automaker’s hot hatch is an undeniable bargain at under $25,000. Hagerty believes its performance and price will make it an attractive collectible in years to come.
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When it comes to cars, what defines collectibility? In many cases it’s often a vehicle that breaks the mold, or one that delivers more style and sizzle compared to its more pedestrian counterparts.
In the case of the 2012 Buick Regal GS, which packs a 270 hp 2.0-liter turbocharged Ecotec four-cylinder engine and can be teamed with a six-speed manual, that’s definitely true. Few cars have done as much to shake off the old fogey aura that’s characterized Buicks for the last two decades, than this spunky sedan.
Now, collector car insurance heavyweight Hagerty is singing the car’s praises too, a statement from the company said that “at a time when allegedly more sporting makes don’t offer real three-pedal manual transmissions, Buick is doing it with the Regal GS.”
This is particularly significant for GM’s North America President Mark Reuss, not only because it puts Buick back on the map, but also because it marks a fitting tribute to the legacy of his father, Lloyd Reuss. As Buick Division General Manager in the 1980s, the elder Reuss helped spearhead the development of the all-conquering Regal Turbos; cars that are now coveted collectibles, especially the 1987 GNX, which at the time of its debut was the fastest accelerating car in America (0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds according to Car & Driver).
“The Regal GS is a unique and thrilling vehicle for the Buick brand,” said Reuss. “As someone who drove a classic Skylark to prom and owned other incredible Buicks like an ’87 GNX, I can say it deserves to be viewed among the best Buick has built.”
The Regal GS now joins Hagerty’s annual “Hot List” of the 10 most collectible Buicks of all time, which besides the 1987 GNX, include the 1932 Model 90 Sport Phaeton, the 1936 Model 66C Century convertible (the so-called Banker’s Hot Rod); the 1940 Super Model 49 Estate Wagon; 1947 Roadmaster Estate Wagon; 1949 Roadmaster convertible; 1953 Skylark convertible; 1963 Riviera coupe and 1970 GSX Stage 1 (widely believed to be the quickest of all factory built four-seater muscle cars).
In order to make the Hot List, Hagerty says a vehicle “must be geared toward the driving enthusiast beyond just being a form of transportation. Like the other Buick classics listed here, the 2012 Regal GS will be remembered more than most of its peers for many years down the road.”