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What's The Next Modern Classic To Really Blow Up In Value?

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It’s been a somewhat bewildering week for cars I grew up admiring. First, an automatic (!!!) but super clean 1994 Toyota Supra Turbo seems poised to crack $70,000 when its Bring a Trailer auction ends tomorrow, and then a humble 2000 Honda Civic Si sells for a stunning $22,700 on the same site—nearly as much as a brand new one.

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It’s all a bit strange. On one hand, it makes sense that good driver’s cars less infused with tech will command decent prices now that the generation that grew up owning them—or wanting to own them—has some money to spend in 2018. Plus, we’ve gone through the cycle of appreciation on earlier cars, like the NSX and CRX. On the other hand, as Stef noted in her story about the Civic Si, it makes you feel old!

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As we do every now and then, it’s worth asking which modern classic—and in this case, I mean anything from about the late 1990s to the start of the 2000s—is next to explode in value. Supercars like the Ford GT are pretty obvious, but I bet you can think of some more intriguing choices out there, like that Civic Si.

For me, I’m pretty sure clean, unmodified original bugeye Subaru WRX-es—the ones that are left—are poised to blow up in value soon. Though most of those were tuned to death, I bet there’s a few left owned by collectors or grandmas in Colorado who just thought of them as normal Subaru sedans and didn’t drive them like felons. One of those is going to go for like $30,000 or more soon, mark my words.

What do you think is next to hit the big time?

Editor-in-Chief at Jalopnik. 2002 Toyota 4Runner.

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Michael Ballaban

I’m biased, but:

In fairness, I think we’re about 10 to 15 years off from these things really blowing up, but they’ve got all the right ingredients. A good looking car just on the cusp of “too much technology.” It’s got traction control, but it’s turned off with one simple button push. Inline-six, rear-wheel-drive. A good amount of power/torque but not too much. Stylish. Reliable. Great steering. Fun. Matt Farah himself said that this gen was better than any comparable non-M BMW 3 Series of the same generation.

More than that, and I can’t stress how important this is to “future classic” status, it’s the rarity. I don’t mean that they were uncommon cars when new, hell, you practically saw them everywhere for a while. But the thing that made them wonderful cars when new – fun, bulletproof – has made the desirable ones downright rare now. I’m talking one that’s got less than 100,000 miles on it, and completely unmodified. Nowadays if you see one it tends to be pushing 200,000 miles, if not more, and they’ve been lowered, with new wheels and new bumpers, and all sorts of horrible Frankenstein things have been done under the hood to the ironclad 2JZ engine.

Find a wagon in pristine condition, and you’ve got something even more magical. Only around 3000 of those ever made it to the U.S., and they’re even rarer now.