It’s funny how quickly the cars of today become the classics of tomorrow.
Up until now the limited popularity of diesel means that a diesel car is a rare sight at a classic car show. Today diesel is more popular that ever, so the question remains – what are today’s diesels are the classics of tomorrow?
1. BMW 320d
OK. A bit of an odd one you might think. 320ds are everywhere but turn the clock back a few years and the same could be said of Sierras, or Cortinas. The 320d is so common that for many of its drivers its merely a tool, like a phone or a TV. This means that when people are done with them they’ll be binned without a second thought. The minority will be saved and cherished and it will be these that will become classic.
2. MINI Cooper S D
You’ve only got to look at the near-fanatical support for the original Mini to know that as time goes on BMW’s baby will be well cared for. It might have taken a while for the new MINI to find acceptance but relations between the old and new are improving. And thanks to the addition of the legendary Cooper name (and that all important ‘S’ badge) the hottest diesel MINI’s place at the classic car show of tomorrow is all but guaranteed.
3. Citroen DS5
Classic French cars all have something in common – Gallic flair. Be it a classic 60s DS or a big Peugeot saloon there’s an innate appeal to a French classic. The DS5 carries all the hallmarks of a true French classic. Smart, but slightly quirky styling? Check. A neat interior, with some unique features? Check. The ability to stand out in the crowd without be lairy? Check. Take my word for it, when you’re at a classic car show in 2040 you’ll see a DS5 and it won’t have dated one bit.
4. Skoda Roomster
Let’s be honest the Skoda Roomster isn’t exactly the most cohesive piece of design from the Czech firm, is it? While it may be practical, comfortable and economical the Roomster doesn’t exactly set hearts a flutter. It is, however, different and anything different has a great chance of survival. Another ace up the Roomster’s sleeve is its VW heritage. VeeDub fans love their cars like no other and, as importantly, there will always be spares around to keep them on the road. A future classic? You bet.
5. SAAB 9-3
The quirky, iconic Swedish brand has gone through plenty of turmoil in the last decade. The company collapsed under the weight of its own debt in 2011 and looks likely to be reborn as a pure-electric manufacturer. This makes the 9-3 from 2010 and 11 a very important car, since it could well be the final SAAB model with an internal combustion engine. SAABs have always been cherished, these last-of-the-line cars are likely to be revered in much the same way.