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These 13 Slow-Selling Cars Will Be Future Classics
Last week, Road & Track published a list of ten slow-selling cars that they love, noting that each inclusion is a massive bummer for enthusiasts like you and me. It’s a fantastic list, and a fantastic point. Gear Patrol has reviewed most on the list; you can read our reviews below, ordered from most sold (just over 13K) to least (407 total). Beyond the fact that some of these cars are designed to be low-volume sellers (looking at you, 911), there’s a silver lining here. Since these cars were bought (and, in theory, made) in low numbers, years from now they very well may become collectible classics, or at the very least not lose their value. Suffice it to say, all ten of these should be on your short list as initial depreciation sets in.
Cadillac ATS (including ATS-V) – $35,495
BMW 2-Series (including M2) – $34,800
Many reviews refer to the 2-Series as being quite close to BMW’s original sporting roots: small, lightweight, driver-focused enthusiast machines. Jeremey Clarkson himself said, “[the M2 is] not just fast in a straight line. It’s also fast through the corners. And not just fast, but a complete delight” and noted that he’d rather have the M2 than the gnerally more vaunted M4.
Mazda Miata – $24,915
Jaguar XE – $35,725
It’s not a huge surprise to see the XE on this list — it’s a handsome and capable little sedan, but when it was introduced into the sport sedan segment a few years back it was already far behind more established cars like the Audi A4 and BMW 3-Series. TheXE SV Project 8, however, is a blisteringly mental race sedan with 600 horsepower limited to a 300-unit run. Somewhere in the middle is a sedan that’ll sell.
Porsche 911 – $91,100
Alfa Romeo Giulia – $38,195
Volvo S90 – $48,100
Toyota 86 – $26,255
Nissan 370Z – $29,990
It’s a little hard to believe that the rebirth of Nissan’s Z car is now nine years old, but Time stands still for no coupe. The Z gets stereotyped as a wannabe-sports car for wannabe enthusiasts and the “Fast & Furious” crowd, but the truth is a) it’s actually a pretty great little car, and b) the “Fast & Furious” crowd are enthusiasts with valid tastes. I for one am eagerly awaiting an updated Z and hope it’ll be more widely accepted.
Jaguar F-Type – $59,900
Mercedes-AMG GT (and GT R) – $112,400
Nissan GT-R – $99,990
Alfa Romeo 4C – $55,900
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