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Do you think that todays cars will ever become classics

Do you think that todays cars will be classics?.
As an example will the standard 2010 Mustang and Camero be a car that you will see in 20 years at a car show?
Will it only be the highest performance models?
Will they have the same appeal as a 1969 big block Camero has today
Will someone someday say wow there is a 2010 Fusion sport fully restored?
Will people just look at the cars today and say "they actually use to use Gasoline in 2010"
Are cars just to vanilla these days to standout from each other?
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Re: Do you think that todays cars will ever become classics

No, cars from today will never be classics minus maybe a few exotic exceptions.

Like you mentioned:
1.) They're produced in WAY too high of quantities to ever be rare.
2.) No model is really very unique any more.
3.) In the normal time span that cars usually become "classics", we'll have a much different energy atmosphere than we do right now.

Just won't happen. Actually had this discussion with a few friends at lunch yesterday (I watched the Mecum auction that morning).
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Re: Do you think that todays cars will ever become classics

Most vehicles of the past became classics because:

1) not many of each model were produced annually

2) consumers had MANY more options when choosing and wanting different things in their new vehicles (ie: engine sizes, transmissions, a/c or not, power options (or lack of), many, many exterior color options/styles, many interior colors/styles). So, there were not alot of "cookie cutter" vehicles, as many were truly unique due to the original Buyer's tastes (and or affordability).

3) cars of the past did not last as long as cars of today - mainly due to lack of owner maintenance, inefficiency by design and due to poor build qualities (ie: quality of materials & craftsmanship was not as good by today's standards)

4) there is no real "Muscle Car" era now, there has not been since the early 70's. True Muscle Cars of the past are the most highly sought after quintessential vehicles of all time, period. These vehicles will ALWAYS be sought after and will ALWAYS hold their values over time. Not just due to rarity or production figures, but because these are the vehicles that are truly associated with RAW performance & horsepower. The same that has been said in #1 & #2 above also applies here.

5) most modern day vehicles are "throw aways". Meaning, folks jump from vehicle to vehicle often, they really do not hold on to them for years and not many today are stored to keep miles off of them. Yes, there are modern day performance or sports cars, and yes some ENTHUSIASTS do keep them parked and only drive them occasionally, but, the same ideology as to the vehicle being a "Collector" vehicle just does not apply to the MAJORITY of Owners of those vehicles found out on the roads today.

Will the Fusion, MKZ or Milan be considered "collector" vehicles in the future? Highly doubt it. I don't mean that in a negative sense, but in a factual sense. If we are only discussing Ford vehicles - the Mustang will always be Ford's anchor AND the vehicle sought after by "Collectors". It does not matter if Ford comes up with 1 or 20 new products that may be desirable to others, the Mustang will always be the vehicle that will have that notoriety. The Mustang has had a PHENOMINAL following since it's inception that it will always be that vehicle which is deemed as a collectible, past, present or future. The same most likely holds true for GM's Corvette - totally different class of vehicle over the Mustang (always has been) - but again, that is GM's anchor - and is GM's "collector" vehicle that also has a PHENOMINAL following since it's inception as well.

The Fusion, Milan, MKZ, and any other vehicles in the same class are merely commuter vehicles. Yes, there are Enthusiasts such as those of us here on this forum - and we take care of our vehicles, even if daily drivers. However, the facts are, our vehicles are commuters and there's not alot of special things about them, or that make them unique enough that they would be a rare or collector vehicle 20-30 years from now. I think the only vehicle out of the (3) platforms that would still retain a high value in the future would be that one off 2006 Milan Voga - only because it's a 1 of 1 design, is extremely unique and has had a media/internet following since it's inception and due to previous auction values.



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Mine will be


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Re: Do you think that todays cars will ever become classics

[quote author=Gilbertsville PA link=topic=178765.msg3779623#msg3779623 date=1283168857]
Do you think that todays cars will be classics?.
As an example will the standard 2010 Mustang and Camero be a car that you will see in 20 years at a car show?
Will it only be the highest performance models?
Will they have the same appeal as a 1969 big block Camero has today
Will someone someday say wow there is a 2010 Fusion sport fully restored?
Will people just look at the cars today and say "they actually use to use Gasoline in 2010"
Are cars just to vanilla these days to standout from each other?
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In general, no, cars of today are not destined to be classics. Too many generic looking models are produced. The younger people today don't have the same feeling for cars, or the same culture surrounding cars that we grew up with in the late 50's thru the 60's.

Ther are no music groups singing songs about Hot Rods and 409s and GTOs. Fusions won't be classics. Yes, cars today are too vanilla, even though they are probably way " better " cars than we ever had in the 60's.

Maybe some of the "specialty" Mustangs such as the Roush or Saleen models because they are more specialized and performance oriented, along with some of the lower production models of the Corvette.

Kinda looks like I am an old fashioned Old Fart when it comes to my cars and the 60's car culture, huh?

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I think it is pretty widely accepted that the 60's was car heaven. Heck 4 of my 5 dream cars are form the 60's


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A few Corvettes maybe...about all of the mass production vehicles I can think of.

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