Despite the rising fuel prices, terrible traffic jams and tight environmental and safety laws, this is the golden age of the automotive industry. Never have there been so many great cars, interesting models or powerful engines available to the public. Car historians compare current times with the muscle car craze of late ’60s. But, muscle cars are the privilege of American buyers and they have lasted only a couple of years. Today, the car culture is a global thing and eager buyers have more choices than ever.
All car classes or segments are well presented in the modern car market. If you are looking for roadsters, hot hatches, modern muscle cars, sports cars, exotics or even performance sedans, you can find multiple choices from many factories. You can also get powerful naturally-aspirated engines, turbocharged or supercharged units, small four cylinders, smooth six-cylinder and mighty V8 engines for affordable prices.
The inevitable question is will the car will eventually become a classic? There are so many interesting models, so what cars possess that special something that will make them future collectibles and raise their value? Would that be rarity, power, unique character, a famous name or all above? This list will answer that question and present some cool cars that will be future classics. Read on to learn more about these sought-after pieces of automotive history.
Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350
For those who want a classic, screamer Mustang with Shelby heritage, but with modern technology and unbelievable V8 performance, the new GT 350 R is a perfect choice. Although Ford based this Shelby on the Mustang GT, much of the car’s suspension, design, aero package and engine are new. The biggest single difference is the fantastic Voodoo engine, which has a 5.2-liter displacement, 526 HP and 429 lb-ft of torque.
The main feature of this high-revving powerplant is the flat plane crank technology which allows the big V8 to scream to almost 9,000 rpm. It is the same technology exotic manufacturers like Ferrari use. This is the first time a muscle car has had such an advanced engine. Ford`s investment into the Shelby GT 350 R paid off. The performance is mind-boggling with 3.9 seconds for 0 to 60 mph.
But the numbers don’t do justice to this car. Shelby GT 350 R is a pure sports car. It delivers fantastic driving dynamics and experience to the driver. It is much closer to the Porsche GT3 in terms of precision driving and cornering speeds than it is to the humble Mustangs of yesterday. This car is not only one of the fastest Mustangs ever, it is also one of the best sports cars Ford has made in recent years. That’s what makes it a certain future classic.