While stock and bond indices are harbingers of the relative health or weakness of their respective investment vehicles, classic car insurer Hagerty in Traverse City, Mich. recently launched an index of its own that goes far beyond mere regurgitation of recent sales data to gauge the status of the collectible car market.
As with any form of investment, there’s no guarantee buying one of these cars will come to fund anyone’s college education one day, but they’re assets that can be enjoyed like few others in the meantime. This is one area in which the idea of “buy and hold” can be stretched to include racing the sun to the horizon on an open road with a big fat grin stretched across an investor’s face.Here’s the Hagerty Hot List of future collectible cars for 2015:
Volkswagen Golf R
With the redesigned Golf hatchback already revered as one of 2015’s best new cars, its limited-production R version packs a potent punch with a 292-horsepower turbo-four under the hood (0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds) and holds the road via VW’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive system and assorted upgrades. Hagerty says the Golf R is, “the Golf that GTI fan boys and girls have been begging VW to build,” and is, “bound to excite collectors now and in the future.”
Subaru WRX STI Launch Edition
The latest iteration of this “fast and furious” rally-ready alternative to the all-wheel-drive Impreza is quick and nimble, but otherwise retains its innate sedan sensibility; choose a limited release Launch Edition version for maximum collectability.
MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop
The most affordable model on Hagerty’s Hot List is also the most powerful MINI ever produced, with a 228-horsepower four-cylinder engine that enables a brisk 5.9-second 0-60 mph time. It’s also appropriately quirky looking and can out-maneuver many far costlier cars.
Mazda MX-5 Miata 25th Anniversary Edition
Sure, the Miata is undergoing a long-awaited redesign for 2016, but in the meantime, with only 100 models making it to North America, this version celebrating the current generation’s swan song is sure to be coveted by future collectors
BMW M4 Convertible
The high-performance compact M line no longer comes powered by a V8, but rather it exacts maximum thrust from a high-tech twin-turbo inline-six engine and is none the worse for it. Imbued with myriad steering, suspension and braking upgrades over the already enjoyable 4 Series, the M4 Convertible can go fast, hold the road tenaciously and look good doing it.
Alfa Romeo 4C Launch Edition
Alfa Romeo returned to the U.S. market for 2015 with this low-slung sports car. In an era where 500- and 600-horsepower sports cars rule the road, its 1.7-liter horsepower turbocharged engine might seem lacking, but extensive use of carbon fiber, aluminum and composite materials keep the 4C’s curb weight to a minimum, and enables a quick 4.1-second 0-60 mph launch time. While not as brash as some of the American iron on this list, the 4C is arguably the most beautiful Italian to reach our shores since Sophia Loren.