Hi folks, Brian Cooley from the CNet on cars.
We got another one in your e-mails here about high-tech cars and modern driving of the past or the future.
This one comes in from Ron up in Houston he said, I thought it could be interesting, if you could put together a top five or maybe a top ten of cars that will potentially be the classics of tomorrow.
He asks what made the cars of yesterday classics today?
You can see so many old cars on the road, but not all of them give us that feeling of, wow, look at that!
And he wants to know which cars will be the, wow, look at that, in what, 20 years or so.
This is a really fuzzy business.
I'm by no means an expert on what makes a classic car a classic car.
But I can give you a little bit of insights here.
First of all as you look at classics, they tend to often be breakthrough vehicles down the road.
So a car today that really set a new category and really changed automotive thinking is one that everyone remembers fondly years down the road when it is in classic status.
Now, You could easily say a Toyota Prius fits that description.
I'm not sure it's going to be a coveted classic in the future, so what else has to be in the mix?
Among those are unique coveted designs.
Cars that simply look great and people love the lines of them.
You don't see as many breakthroughs there either anymore.
I mean no one's going to come back with mid 50's Cadillac spins anytime soon.
But those were among the styling cues that made hits in the past.
Here's another one to look for, the cars that are affordable and totally fun to drive today.
When people are in their salad days and then later on when they're a little older and they got some bucks they often want to go back and buy a pristine one to To relive there, with the wind in their hair, driving down highway one.
That could be todays Miata or something of that nature.
Then the other factor, you hear this one banding around in collector car circle's a lot is people who buy collector cars later in Life, tend to buy the car their old man drove when the kid was 11.
I don't know where that number comes from.
It's kind of random, but you get the idea.
When you're 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, if you're car crazy at all, that's when it's starting to happen in your head.
And you really obsess on the first thing you see right?
It's whatever interesting car your parents may have had unless they were driving something boring in which case it's maybe what the neighbor had.
So there's some anecdotes but gives you some idea of where the classics are.
Good luck on predicting and I hope you find a winner.
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