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Summer time is all but upon us, the suns out, the air is warm and the chrome is shinning. I spent as much time I can admiring the classics at the numerous car shows hosted every weekend this time of year and it makes me ponder of our future. Are we going to see mass restoration to original glory of cars from our times? Or will we suffer only heavily modified modern cars and if so what kind of staying power do cars of my generation really have? I should point out that looking back on my life being 25 I think of modern cars from the mid to late 80’s through current. Oh sure we’ll have those 80’s Monte carol’s and companion cars there of. As well as the few small run cars like the Grand National to represent the 80’s. but what about the 90’s? what about those other cars that maybe have a smaller niche in the world. Omni GLH any one? I am also almost certain the ferio is going to be a car show staple. I would even been surprised to see some TLC into the last generation Alfas that trudged on through the end of the 80’s. I haven’t yet. But why is that? Also how about the 90’s what will we see from this period? I’d like to see pristine non-tuned out 3000gts, Supras, SVX’s, stealths. But I feel like these cars will only be seen in ways that yes enhance the performance, but preserve nothing. I have made a list of cars I foresee as being the future classics:

1994-1996 Impala SS. definitely a classic and I don’t feel I will need to defend this.
1991 – 1997 Subaru SVX. The performance may not have been mind blowing, but Subaru definitely went out on a ledge with this one. It laid the ground work for Subaru being able to offer a sports car. Albeit not nearly as stylish.
Supra’s not year specific. These cars were just awesome. As a kid I was always mystified by these sleek Toyotas. Wondering how the same people that made my grandpa’s camary could make something of such.. well awesomeness. Then I became old enough to drive one, well I never expected what I experienced. Its so sad though we constantly hear of another supra lost to some fan boy with more $$ than driving skill killing these things.
4th generation Trans AM. I just love the body work on these. The Camero of the same generation will also stick with us, but I feel the trans AM stand above them based solely on style.
Camero’s. you could say all generations, but I ‘m gonna narrow it down. 80’s IROZ, sad but true. People will keep these going forever. 90’s Z28. the styling and performance of these keeps them more interesting than the SS, IMO any ways.
1992- 1997 Caddy Seville. As an ower I may be bias on this one. HOWEVER I always liked this generation. i feel like these cars have staying power and would make for an excellent restoration job in the future.
Mustangs. Well they are always going to be there and people will always show ‘em. Not a fan my self but it’s the truth.
Dodge Daytona Z. these were fun cars with budget performance. Their styling wasn’t too shabby either. I feel like these cars have been getting a little more interest lately and feel we’ll be seeing them down the road at the car shows.
1991-1996 Buick roadmaster. You still see plenty of these cars on the road in good shape and I feel latter on down the road people might turn their restoration focus on them.

Well these are all I could think of at the moment, feel free to add to and debate the list. I am interested to see what you guys think.
 

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Persoanally I have no desire to see a post 1972 car in stock form. I have seen so many bone stock 2005+ Mustangs at car shows it makes my head hurt. Even if its a Roush or a Shelby its still stock. The only one I have seen worth even looking at was a KR500 and its still the same car you can see in the dealership showroom.
 

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I feel the same way about the mustangs. i dont think they are classics in any form. there are just soo many and they make soo many every years and i'd say a good 45% of their owners feel like they need to show them, even if they are just 2 yrs old. its too new. and no one wants to see an ugly 90's mustang.
 

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You left off the 93-96 Cadillac Fleetwood, and the 80-92 Brougham/Deville/Fleetwood. People still love the giant land yatch Cadillac, and the design was great on all of those years.
 

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:banghead: see thats why i wanted your guys input. i dunno how i hit the roadmaster and impala and missed those.
 

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It varies from one internet forum to another. Example - alot of the choices on a Cadillac site are Cadillac/GM. What it really comes down to is what each person, personally likes, and would like to see kept around for a long time.

With that said, I've already secured my modern classic :)

 

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I would MUCH rather see an 9 second daily driver Notch Fox Body Mustang than the new body style.

The big body Impala SS is definatly in. Maybe a Marauder but IMO they just lack something. Really nice SHOs, GTOs, G8s, and I have preferred Trans Ams to Camaros since 1970 so the WS6 makes the list WAY over a SS IMO. I saw a 91 NSX at a recent show, very nice. Any M or AMG series.
 

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I love that someone else knows what the hell a SVX is. I still think they are very neat little cars. The first time I ever saw one was on the interstate when I was about 12 or so and couldn't figure out what it was. The windows are so unique on them.

I think another good addition to the list is the late 80's Nissan 300ZX, the ones with pop-up headlights. In unmolested form they are still sharp cars and getting harder to find.
 

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Grand National/GNX

SVOs/SVTs/SHOs

Syclone/Typhoon

New Thunderbird

Some of the Shelby Dodge cars. The numbered ones from Shelby's plant in California (CSX, Lancer,GLHS and Dakota)

1989 Turbo Trans Am

Callaway cars
 

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LS1Mike:great adds! I totally had forgotten about the TTA and the typhoons were amazing! not sure i agree that all SVT's should be added but the SHO's definitely should, both the original and the later with the v8. to early to call on the new one.

ga_etc: agreed, i love the 80's Z cars. they had a kind of class in their styling that was lost to ricer appeal in the 90's. and as for the new ones, well a french car never really impressed me much, but i'd drive one if it was given to me. :D Oh lets not for get the SX too! little 240 was a wicked little ride. yeah i remeber feeling the same way when i was younger, of cours eback then not having tons of info on demand like we do now with this crazy interwebs it took me for ever to find out about that car. i have been trying to buy one for years, sadly people just haven't been treating them with much respect and i dont have the time or money to do a rebuild. :(

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Full production run, olds aurora.
1992–1998: De sol. i dont car how you feel about hondas and civics. this was a neat little ride. two door coupe with targa top and a back window that rolled down. add that with the light weight and a 160hp motor and what do you have? a fun little car.
 

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1990-1996 300zx


Perhaps the most beautiful Japanese car ever. The styling, both outside and inside, is just stunning. From a design perspective, this is my favorite Japanese car by far. When it debuted in 1990, it simply blew away its competition in terms of style, quality, and power. This includes the C4 Vette, Toyota Supra, Mazda RX-7, Jaguar XJ12, Benz SL600, and BMW 850i. It was a matter of personal taste with the awesome Acura NSX, both posted almost identical performance numbers.

The 300zx really looks great with a modern set of 18" or 19" wheels, it really brings the car into the 21st century.

EDIT: I also nominate the 2nd and 3rd gen RX-7. Both were beautiful cars with horrible rotary engines. Luckily you can swap out that blown up rotary with just about any V8. The main selling point of these cars were the light weight and awesome suspension setup that provided sublime handling. Hell, that twin turbo rotary in the 3rd gen RX-7 was a freaking screamer and flat out awesome when it was running right.
 

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1990-1996 300zx

EDIT: I also nominate the 2nd and 3rd gen RX-7. Both were beautiful cars with horrible rotary engines. Luckily you can swap out that blown up rotary with just about any V8. The main selling point of these cars were the light weight and awesome suspension setup that provided sublime handling. Hell, that twin turbo rotary in the 3rd gen RX-7 was a freaking screamer and flat out awesome when it was running right.
agree, i just really like getting into the whole RX-7 debate, people either supoer love 'em or hate them and i generally dont really car for them. the last gen was slick. but the first gen from the 80's, yuck. there have been rumors of them bringing the RX back from that ugly ass 3 door RX-8 back onto the proper two door miata plat form. as well as brining the 3 rotor setup back. but i really couldn't car less.

oh and those were sick Z's do doubt but being the sick deprived mofo i am i have a soft spot in my heart for 80's cars. i know, i know. i should seek help from a trained profession ASAP. HOWEVER this is just slick.
 

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The 1990-1993 Deville/Fleetwood and 1993 Sixty Special. I'm sure a lot of folks will debate this choice, but those cars carried the last "vintage" Deville cues before the transition to the 1994-1996 Devilles.

The 1992-1997 Seville STS. More so than the SLS, this car carried crisp, sculpted, bold Pininfarrina lines while managing to look uniquely American.

The 2008-present Dodge Viper. Love Mopars or hate them, the Viper was an unapologetic, purist's aproach to the American roadster: a powerful V-10 with the car added as an afterthought, with no thought given to creature comforts or conventional styling. It is Howard Roarke and an A-10 embodied in a car.

The 2005-2009 Mustang. This is the car that, while fairly bland, inspired the rebirth of classic American nameplates like Camaro, Charger, and Challenger.

The 2005-present Chrysler 300C. This is the car that made an American-built sedan a middle-class status icon.

The 2005-present Dodge Charger. This car is seen in every form from mild daily driver to wild Super Bee muscle sedan to steel grey city police or state patrol cruiser. It takes classic cues of the first Charger coupe, yet is not slaved to the past in it's styling.

2010 Camaro. This car may well be the most anticipated pony car in American automotive history. When it finally arrived, it was true to the 2006 concept, yet better executed in production than concept, unlike many concept vehicles.

2008-present Dodge Challenger. The car is essentially what Kowalski would drive if he could build his own car. It is without any concession to political correctness and today's cultural deadening of original thought. It is instead brash, bold, and powerful. What other car could wear bright orange paint and sell?

2008-present Malibu. Chevrolet went the extra miles and payed attention to the small details in this one, which is rare for a Chevy-built familoy sedan. The center console and gauages vaguely resemble that of the Cadillac CTS, and a two-tone interior is offered.

2008-present Cadillac CTS. Cadillac's Art and Science theme was successfully refreshed and revitalized for the Gen-II CTS, which was itself historically significant. The new CTS is thoroughly modern, angular, agressive, and distintive, yet evokes its Cadillac heritage quite well. With a coming CTS Sport Wagon and 2011 CTS Coupe, the CTS may well be Cadillac's most versatile platform in decades.

2009-present CTS-V. This car will be a classic for the same reasons as the standard CTS, but more so for the fact that it is the single most powerful and best-handling production Cadillac sedan in the marque's history. It is also the American sedan that dethroned the BMW M5 as the top luxury sedan of the segment.

The 1999-present Escalade. Through all of it's revisions, even the bland 1999 model, the Escalade has been the single vehicle that saved Cadillac and gave it the market status to revamp itself. The basics remain the same: large, opulent vehicle, chrome liberally applied, and distinctive high-market image.
 

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I thought about the Typhoo/Syclone and 3.8 Turbo TA on my drive home this morning. Love them all
 

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93DevilleUSMC: great list all though i dont fully agree with the staying power of some of these cars as "classics". For instance I'm mostly in disagreement with the Escalade having future staying power. i couldn't agree more with what it did for the brand in bringing back a more upscale market but when you break it down to nuts and bolts its a dressed up Tahoe. i never feel like models that have merely been re badged versions of a mass produced model have any true staying power. I could be wrong though. The CTS is definitely on its way to classic status no doubt. I feel that after the restyling of 1992-1997 Cadillac did its self a huge dis service with the 1998-2002 period. the bold Pininfarrina styling they borrowed from the Allante really brought Cadillac back into the lime light and the softening of the 98-02 years just blanded the brand again. until the CTS any ways! also since i brought up the 92-97 years i feel the STS might have a larger fan base based on being the sportier model with more HP, how ever i think the classier look of the chrome lined and hood ordainment wearing SLS will make it more of a desirable car to restore. but don't quote me on that. the 2010 camero. was a classic from the time the green lighted it! GM definitely hit a homer there. And the 300c/charger has to be a classic. they finally gave america what we've been longing for a larger RWD v8 sedan thats not a punk ass crown vic! and they looked good while doing it. same goes for challenger.
 

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Itschrome: I can see your point about the Escalade being a dressed up Tahoe, but that might actually make it somewhat iconic down the road, given that the very survival of the large SUV is in question. The Escalade is, in it's own way, the modern heir of the Big American Car, and could well be the last of that line.

If you think about it, the 1994-1996 Fleetwood is a highly polished Caprice, and wasn't hurt by that in the slightest.

I think some of the more limited fourth-generation Camaros will definitely be classics one day. The Trans Ams seem to have already acquired that status. As for the 2010 Camaro, we can thank the 2006 concept and the producers of Transformers for that.

The reason I avoided mentioning the SLS was because of the fact that I've seen many with the carriage tops, vogues, and other such items that just ruin the clean lines of the car to me. But hey, that might be collectible one day, so I'll just wait and see. Thanks for mentioning the Allante, though. I had completely forgotten it!
Pininfarrina is still doing its magic, as shown in the new Maserati Granturismo S.

Now, what do you think about the 2000-2005 Deville line?
 

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I love lists like this. I'm also going to try and keep this realistic. I won't be naming every supercar I dreamed of during my formative years. Also I will try to name a bunch that haven't been named yet.

1) e30 M3. Best M car ever.


2) DiamondStar Starion/Conquest. There will be more than a few JDM's on this list because they are just so cool. I will stear away from the standard Eclipse variants though. This is one of my favorite JDMs. Very cool styling for it's time. 2.4l turbocharged, manual tranny, RWD :thumbsup:


3) The original AMG Hammer


4) Mid 80's M6. Such a beautiful car. I'd love to score an older 633 one day, and drop an LSX into it :D


5) All the turbo'd 3.6 buick derivitives (Sy/Ty/TTA/Regal Trubo/GN(X)/etc.)
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6) '96 LT4 C4 vette. Yes the ZR-1 is awesome, but the '96 was pretty much the ultimate expression of the (mostly) old school SBC. Supposed under-rated by the factory, to not steal any thunder from the LS1 debut in '97.


7) Renault R5 Turbo II. This is a bit out there, and somewhat 'super-car'esque, but it was such a cool little car, and MAN did they get a lot of power from a 1.2l (I think) engine.


8) Mid 80's Peugeot 505 Turbo. Yes two french cars in a row <shudder> A neighbor had one of these down the street from me when I was younger. It was bright red, and I always loved the look of them:


9) SHO has already been mentioned. A somewhat sleepier cousing would be the Dodge Spirit R/T. Cylinder heads by lotus. Nifty 225 hp, only available in a 5 speed manual. Performance pretty much equal to the SHO and that era's M5. Not bad for a hopped up K-Car.


10) AMC Eagle. The very first crossover. Like 20 years before #2.


11) The first Audi Quattro (note that the Q is capitilized).


12) Deloreans where pretty cool:


13) Cadillac Alante. I've always thought that Pininfarina styling was just amazing.


14) Galant VR4. Talk about a sleeper, this along with the Colt's could be made into MONSTERs. 240 stock HP, very easy to upgrade. Think of this as a non EVO, EVO.


I'm sure I'll think of a few other more mundane, but cool cars.

-Chris
 
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