When it comes to future classic cars to buy now, there are a few pointers to follow. We’re looking for models which might’ve not entirely hit the mark when they first arrived on sale, but are now becoming more sought-after. Likewise, small production numbers always help as this stimulates demand. Sadly, there’s no ‘magic formula’, but the cars we’ve picked out in this article should continue to increase in popularity as the years pass.

The Best Potential Future Classic Cars

So if you want some of the best future classic cars to buy now, delve into this list of big-hitters.

1. BMW Z4 (2009-2017)

BMW’s Z4 continued a long line of sporty soft-tops for the brand and while you may think of the curvaceous first-generation car as our ideal pick, we’re actually opting for the often-overlooked second-generation model. Built between 2009 and 2017, it may not have had the eye-catching looks of the original, but it delivered a great driving experience which leant more on refinement and comfort than out-and-out sportiness.

It’s available with a great range of engines, too, from an entry-level 2.0-litre unit right the way through to a powerful 3.0-litre straight-six. Well maintained, the Z4 is a car which should run and run, too. Plus, the folding metal roof makes the Z4 more refined to drive than a traditional soft-top when things do – eventually – turn a bit rainy.

Best Features

  • Refined and polished to drive.
  • Plenty of engine choices.
  • Folding hard-top makes it quieter and more comfortable than other convertibles.

Things to consider

  • Remember to factor in higher running and repair costs.
  • Not as sharp to drive as the then-current Porsche Boxster.
  • Boot is very small – particularly when the roof is lowered.

2. Honda S2000 (1999-2009)

The Honda S2000 is the kind of car which is well-known in motoring circles. It’s a performance-orientated convertible which has a great reputation for its reliability and exciting driving experience, with this car’s high-revving engine being core to its appeal.

Like most Hondas, the S2000 should run forever when serviced correctly, and though it did get a reputation for being a little spiky to drive in the wet, it’s still a car which will make the most of a sunny day out on the roads. Prices for the S2000 are only on the increase, too, so this is definitely one to watch.

Best Features

  • Engine has bags of character.
  • Rock-solid reliability is well-known.
  • Great handling makes the S2000 a lot of fun to drive.

Things to consider

  • Will need consistent maintenance to keep it at its best.
  • Known to be a handful in damp and slippery conditions.
  • Does use a lot of oil.

3. Mazda RX-8 (2003-2010)

We turn to yet another Japanese icon in our list of future classics to buy now – the Mazda RX-8. The famously rotary-powered sports car established a new tone for Mazda, with this dynamically-designed model acting as something of a flagship for the brand when it first arrived.

The rotary engine continued a long line of Mazda models with the same-style engine and you’ll find lots of styling nods to its powertrain – even the headrests are designed to look like the rotary engine. Known for their heavy use of oil, the RX-8 is another performance model that’ll need consistent servicing to ensure that it’s at its best.

Best Features

  • Innovative design still looks fresh today.
  • Great to drive and involving for whoever is behind the wheel.
  • Surprisingly practical thanks to ‘hidden’ rear doors.

Things to consider

  • The RX-8 is known to use a lot of oil.
  • Engine needs to be worked hard to get the best from it.
  • Can’t be worked on by all garages – RX-8s need specialist treatment.

4. Audi TT (2014-2024)

A little like the BMW Z4, Audi’s TT really entered iconic status thanks to its first generation model. However, we’re big fans of the most recent version – which ran until 2024 when it was discontinued – as it still has the same great sense of style but brought a new-found driving focus.

With tip-top S and RS versions delivering the kind of experience you’d expect from more hardened sports cars, the TT found a new edge for this generation. While its popularity has meant that there are lots of the road, we reckon that this is one to watch – particularly those more potent S and RS versions which will likely command a premium as the years pass.

Best Features

  • Solid build quality with lots of good materials.
  • Clever ‘Virtual Cockpit’ setup used a screen instead of main dials.
  • Surprisingly easy to live with day-to-day.

Things to consider

  • Will command higher prices due to Audi badge prestige.
  • Brakes have been known to get quite squeaky.
  • Sportier versions do have a firm ride.

5. Honda e (2020-present)

Honda’s tiny e is probably one of the most recognisable electric vehicles built in recent times. It managed to combine futuristic in-car tech with a semi-retro design which seemed to capture the imagination of buyers. Though let down by a slightly poor range, the e’s character is really what sells it – and it’s what we think will make this into a future classic.

A great inner-city option, it’s easy to see the little e as a star of future classic car shows too. Inside, there’s an amazing full-width screen which can be used to show a variety of things – including an aquarium design which will no doubt still wow drivers of the future.

Best Features

  • The e’s design ensures it turns heads – even if it is tiny in size.
  • Nippy handling feels designed for the city.
  • Interior is well packaged with loads of features.

Things to consider

  • A range of just 137 miles means that the e isn’t great for long distances.
  • Interior is very small, so it’s not ideal for families.
  • Taller passengers might feel quite squashed.

6. Alfa Romeo Giulia (2020-present)

Alfa has been behind some all-time classics and many of these command high prices today. While the modern-day Giulia may be a relatively common sight on our roads at present, we’re predicting that this car’s current good value in the used market will lead to some big increases further down the line.

Regardless of which model you opt for, you’re in for a driving treat. All versions of the Giulia deliver a sublime driving experience, while the tip-top Quadrifoglio model remains one of our all-time favourite performance saloons. It’s that tip-top QV version which we can see being an all-time great when it reaches classic status, too. We’re big fans of the trademark green and red colours available on the Giulia, too.

Best Features

  • Superb to drive – regardless of specification or engine.
  • Has all the hallmark ‘Alfa’ styling you’d want.
  • Interior is still practical and usable day-to-day.

Things to consider

  • Reliability issues have already cropped up.
  • Some interior materials don’t feel that nice.
  • Rear seat space is tight for taller passengers.

7. Citroen Ami (2020-present)

The Citroen Ami was never a vehicle destined for the UK. It was, as you might expect, only meant to go on sale in France, but demand for the tiny electric quadricycle was so great that Citroen saw reason and brought it to these shores.

With a range of just 46 miles and a top speed of 28mph, the Ami is only suitable for use around town, but its loveable design and no-nonsense construction means that it has a character which is far larger than its compact dimensions. It’s not something you see too often in the UK – despite its popularity – and we can see it going down as a very quirky future classic.

Best Features

  • Absolutely tiny – you can park the Ami practically anywhere.
  • Great fun to drive, despite its range.
  • Loads of personality while its interior is a great example of no-frills design.

Things to consider

  • Tiny range restricts the Ami’s use-case.
  • Very exposed to the elements.
  • Ride is very shaky – the Ami isn’t comfortable over rough terrain.

8. Jaguar F-Type (2014-present)

The Jaguar F-Type will undoubtedly go down as one of the firm’s most successful performance cars. It marked a rebirth moment for Jag, introducing a fresh wave of styling which drew inspiration from the past while still injecting it with modern touches. Available both in coupe and cabriolet layouts, the F-Type continues to be a go-to for drivers after a performance car that can be used day in, day out – but while still putting a grin on your face.

Classic Jaguar models continue to experience a lot of demand and we expect the same to apply for the F-Type as it grows older. Sure, the V6-powered model will still be sought-after, but we’d expect the full-fat V8 model to draw the crowds at classic car shows of the future.

Best Features

  • Classic-infused styling looks great from all angles.
  • Proper cross-continent performance.
  • Luxuriously finished cabin.

Things to consider

  • Running costs will be high – particularly on V8 models.
  • Infotainment system wasn’t the best, even on brand-new models.
  • Expect to pay a lot for replacement tyres.

9. Ford Fiesta ST (2013-2017)

The Ford Fiesta ST continued a long line of Blue Oval hot-hatches when it flashed onto the scene in 2013. We’d had previous generations of Fiesta ST, of course, but none came close to matching the sheer brilliance of this generation.

Sparking to drive, the ST can get the very best from any type of driver but still leave something on the table for more experienced motorists looking for a competent performance car. The 1.5-litre engine is bristling with character, too, while the ST’s compact proportions mean that it’s ideal for use every day. With a decent boot it’s even reasonably practical – meaning that this could be a future classic that you may want to use a lot.

Best Features

  • Sublime chassis makes the Fiesta ST brilliant fun to drive.
  • Still remains usable thanks to its standard hatchback design.
  • Running costs shouldn’t be too high.

Things to consider

  • Expect used ST models to have been driven hard – look for lots of servicing receipts to ensure you’re getting a good one.
  • Ride is very firm at low speeds thanks to relatively large alloys.
  • Infotainment system lagged behind rival offerings even when launched.

10. Range Rover Evoque Convertible (2016-2018)

So bear with us. Quirky it may be, but the Range Rover Evoque Convertible has all the hallmarks of a future classic. It got people talking when it first went on sale in 2016 and, due to limited demand, it was only available for a handful of years. As a result, there aren’t too many about – and a lack of availability can often lead to prices soaring once cars like these get older.

Sure, the Evoque Convertible was a bit of a flop when it was released, but it’s still a very interesting car – not least because it still keeps all of Land Rover’s clever off-road tech so you can take the Evoque off the beaten track with the roof down.

Best Features

  • A genuinely quirky choice.
  • Not bad to drive, with decent performance from all engine choices.
  • Roof mechanism is clever and easy to use.

Things to consider

  • Evoque reliability has been known to be patchy.
  • Roof mechanism will need servicing over the years.
  • Some questions remain about the security of these JLR models.

Tips for buying a future classic car

There are lots of things that can help shape what type of future classic you’re going to get. For one, we’d be looking for a sparkling backstory of servicing and maintenance, with lots of receipts for any work undertaken. Ask lots of questions too, as it can give you a better idea about how a car has been looked after.

Even on some of these newer models, we’d be keeping an eye out for rust, particularly in areas like the wheelarches. On cars with more in-vehicle features – such as heated seats or infotainment systems – make sure you give everything a good test to ensure it’s working as it should be.

What makes a car a ‘future classic’?

Finding a future classic is like bottling lightning, but there are a few pointers which can help us pick one out. For one, uniqueness helps. Cars which perhaps didn’t quite hit the mark when they first arrived may get a second wind decades later, though models which drew lots of attention when first released could also go on to be future classics.

You’ll be looking for any future classic to increase in value, too, and while we can’t predict the future, many of the cars on this list are currently at prices which don’t appear able to go much lower – which means that they only have one place to go, and that’s up.