Want to invest in a car you can drive now, but still (possibly) use to fund your retirement in the future? Do you wish you would have dropped $88k on a Ferrari 288 GTO in 1984 instead of wasting it on college? Are you wondering if your neighbor’s Suzuki X90 wuill have the long term charm of a Nash Metropolitan? Hagerty Insurance, a company that specializes in insuring collector cars, fells your pain and wants to help you guess correctly. Hagerty publishes an annual list of cars they believe will be future collectibles. Better yet, they restrict the list to cars under $100k, which puts them in reach of those of us with more modest incomes, willing to cash in a 401k or sell a kidney on the black market.
Called the “Hagerty Hot List”, this year’s candidates are:
2011 BMW 335iS
Why the 335iS over the M3? Hagerty feels it’s a better daily driver, yet still projects the car will hold its value into the future. Assuming, of course, that BMW resolves the problems and lawsuits around the N54 engine.
2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe
Hagerty says the CTS-V Coupe re-establishes Cadillac as the “Standard of the World”, and I’m inclined to agree with them.
2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible
We haven’t had a drop-top Camaro since 2002, so the first model year of the new generation will certainly go up in value.
2011 Dodge Challenger Drag Pack
Can you drive it to work? No, the Challenger Drag Pack is an 8.4 liter, V10 powered monster good for track duty only. It’s that exclusivity that Hagerty feels will be worth money in the future.
2011 Fiat 500
The most affordable entry on the list, Hagerty feels this will be a significant car in the future, billing it as a “SMART car for people who actually like driving”.
2011 Ford Mustang Boss 302R
Not to be confused with the Boss 302 Mustang, the R version is for track duty only. Hagerty feels this will be rare for the same reason as the Challenger Drag Pack, though I’m not sure you can find a Boss 302R for less than their $100k ceiling.
2011 Honda CR-Z
I’m not sure I’d agree with this one, picked for its family lineage and because it’s the first hybrid with a six speed transmission. They’re not exactly flying off of dealer lots, and I can’t recall seeing any on the roads yet.
2011 Infinity IPL G37
I’m a big fan of the G37, and Hagerty likes it as one of the few “factory tuned” luxury cars available with dual exhausts and a manual transmission. You certainly can’t go wrong with it as a daily driver.
2011 Mini Countryman
Hagerty likes it as the first AWD Mini, and they strongly encourage you to lean towards the John Cooper Works version of the S model.
2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder
I’m not sure I’d agree with Hagerty’s assessment that the Boxster Spyder is an “affordable mid-engine car”, but it is lighter, faster and more exclusive than the regular Boxster.
So there you have it, this year’s “Hagerty Hot List”. I’m surprised the Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca edition didn’t make the cut, ditto for the Cadillac CTS-V Sportwagon. What other 2011 model year cars should have made the list? Why? Let me know what you think.