What's the most collectible hypercar?

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The past two decades have been a renaissance period for huge-horsepower, megabuck hypercars. But will these leaders of next-level performance become the garage and concours queens of the next-generation collector? What's the most collectible hypercar?

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We'll let your spirited debate decide which cars are eligible for entry in this exclusive club. But for our money, it's the Pagani Zonda Tricolore. Sure, buying one of the three Tricolore units Pagani built would have set you back $2 million. And sure, there will probably be a period of cliff-face depreciation, when you'll probably be living in it. But in, say, 40 years, when you're That Old Guy Walking Around Pebble Beach In a Seersucker Suit, you'll be able to unload the thing for really big money. Palm-Beach-winter-home money. No problem, you can thank us later.

(Thanks to Landofminos for the concept.)

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DISCUSSION

There is no "hypercar".

The term "hypercar" is really just a derivative of the usual term "supercar", and despite a slightly different etymology, has no difference in meaning, either practically or contextually, than the term "supercar". The term "supercar" was first coined in a 1920s advertisement to describe the original Bentley Speed Six. In its original context, it was the term "supercar" was defined as a car that was superior to all others; one can see the appeal of Bentley's new-found term for advertising purposes. As cars were created that matched and later out-classed the Bentley Speed Six, the term came to applied to a genre of cars that were faster, sleeker, better-handling, and more exclusive than other cars of the time. Thus, the term has been applied to everything from Deusenbergs to Lamborghinis, and increasingly, high-end Corvettes. It seems likely that the term "hypercar" is merely a bastardization of the term "supercar", coined to describe not the car itself, but rather the level of performance that supercars have evolved the ability to offer; think of the term as being somewhat similar to the term "hypermach". It describes the level of performance, but not the cars themselves. The cars themselves are still supercars.

Thus, there is no true "hypercar" in any sense of the term; ultimately, they are all just supercars. Similarly, there is no spoon.

So, having established that there is no "hypercar", and the question is in fact asking what is the most collectible "supercar", my answer can only be the original bad boy that spawned the genre, as I have already referenced above: The Bentley Speed Six.

Your move, gentlemen.