Top 10 Future Collector Cars Under $100,000

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Classic car insurance company Hagerty has just released its annual list of vehicles that it expects will become the collector cars of the future. The list of “affordable” collector cars is capped at $100,000 and comes on the heels of the annual Scottsdale collector car auction week.

“After more than twenty years of witnessing car-collecting trends, we have the unique ability to look at new cars through the eyes of a collector,” said McKeel Hagerty, CEO of Hagerty Insurance. “This year’s Hot List includes cars that are sure to develop a cult-like following because their characteristics resonate with driving enthusiasts.”

Starting off the list, and a favorite of ours is the Audi TT RS which retails for $56,850 and is a favorite amongst automotive enthusiasts as an affordable, fun ride without having to indulge into Porsche costs. The TT RS has plenty of global appeal which means it’ll have plenty of global demand down the road. And besides, Audi consistently finds itself at the Le Mans podium; you just can’t argue with success.

Funny enough, Hagerty stated that “what won us over is the giant touch screen in the center of the dash.” With a retail price of $46,795, the Dodge Charger SRT8 is no doubt a fun American sedan to own with plenty of power. But what Hagerty really likes about that big screen are the “performance pages” that feed input to the driver about performance statistics such as available horsepower and torque.

This one was probably a no-brainer, given how successful the Nissan GT-R already has been in terms of resale value since it first debuted in America. Unfortunately the 2013 model year will push it over the $100,000 mark – at least for the Black Edition – but for 2012, it retailed for $95,100. With 530-hp and plenty of Japanese racing prestige backing it, the GT-R is one fine machine to own and collect.

The new-generation Chevrolet Camaro has clearly exceeded all expectations, and the ZL1 with 580-hp and a retail price of $54,095 looks poised to sit on top of the pony car segment. That is until we can concretely prove that the ZL1 outperforms the next-generation of Shelby Mustangs. Either way, the Camaro is back with a vengeance and the ZL1 is every Chevy owner’s dream.

The Porsche 911 needs no real introduction, and with a starting price of $82,100 lands itself the sixth spot on Hagerty’s Hot List. Every generation of Porsches has been known to become collector items and mint condition classic Porsches are known to sell for even more than they initially cost. So if you’re looking for a car that keeps its value long term, reach into your pocket and enjoy one of German’s finest.

The Volkswagen Golf R is a complete blast to drive and with an MSRP of $36,000 is as affordable as a formidable sports car can be. It comes from a rich pedigree of legitimate collectibles, including its MK I GTI ancestor from the late 80s. If you don’t even want to look that far back, turn your attention to the 2004 Golf R32 which is already heading towards that direction. The Golf R looks to keep that tradition alive.

Perhaps a little bit surprising to be this far up on the list, Hagerty believes the $22,000 Fiat 500 Abarth will become a collector’s car down the road. This is surprising given the lack of Fiat 500 sales in America, but maybe the 1.4L turbocharged engine with 160-hp from Abarth is what our market needs. Decked out with Abarth-tuned suspension, brakes and dual exhuast, the Fiat 500 Abarth hopes to entice consumers by offering an Abarth Driving Experience with every purchase.

There’s no doubt that Americans absolutely love SUVs, and the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is one of the kings in the pack of domestic utility vehicles. The SRT8 variant of the Grand Cherokee not only looks great, but performs out-of-this-world. With a price tag of $61,875, the Cherokee SRT8 will clearly become a collector on and off the track – wherever you want it to belong.

Ford probably said it best, by calling its Boss 302 Laguna Seca Edition “a race car with a license plate.” And with an MSRP of $48,100, it’s also an affordable race car with a license plate. Passionate Mustang collectors will truly want to add this one to their collection, whether it be now or 30 years down the road.

Last but not least, Hagerty found themselves placing the Buick Regal RS at the top of their future collector cars under $100,000 list. While the sports car enthusiast in all of us is a bit surprised by this pick, there’s no denying that this generation of Buicks is far from your Grandpa’s Buick. It will be interesting to see if the $32,535 priced Regal GS really catches on with driving enthusiasts.

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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