Classic cars are purchases of passion: Bonhams
The presenters of new Top Gear rival Three Men: Four Wheels reveal hundreds of road users may have future classics already on their driveway. From electric car innovations to era-defining hatchbacks, the team predicts which of today’s modern road cars will be looked back on most favourably.
Three Men: Four Wheels host Andy Jaye said: The BMW i8 is a future classic.
“The way it’s designed, the use of carbon, the fact that it was an early adopter with electrification.
“Don’t forget when these cars came out which was about 10 years ago now they were priced between £80,000 to 100,000.
“You can pick up a stunning second-hand one now for about £37,000 that will still do you 300 miles on £30 worth of petrol because of the electric backup.
“Plus its a design icon.
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“Drew might disagree because it’s got angles rather than cuddly curves. But I can see that one in the museums in the 20 to 30 years time and people saying ‘wasn’t that special’.”
BMW promoted the i8 as a “glance at the future” with a “progressive” and sporty design.
The new i8 has sportscar characteristics with a fully turbocharged three-cylinder engine capable of 0 to 62mph in just 4.4 seconds.
Rolls Royce Wraith
Rolls Royce has called their new Wraith model the “ultimate grand tourer” and is certain to raise a few eyebrows.
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The stunning model is a fashion statement with a range of technology installed to push the brand well into the 21st century.
The iconic Starlight headliner creates a magical starlit sky on the roof of the car’s interior while principal Rolls Royce features remain in place.
Three Men: Four Wheels host Drew Proicthard told Express.co.uk: “The latest Rolls Royce Wraith is sublime
“As an actual body of work that is really quite incredible.”
The Fiat 500 has won more than 40 major car awards in its short life span including the prize of World’s Most Beautiful Automobile.
Over 50,000 new Fiat 500’s were sold in the UK each year between 2014 and 2016 proving the model is popular among consumers.
Drew Pritchard added: “A couple of cars that are going to come out is going to be the Fiat Abarth 500 and all of its derivatives.
“Mad little thing but I think it’s going to be one of those cars that everybody is going to want. They are going to go ‘I’ve got one of those, it’s great fun, like a Mini Cooper S.”
The Alpine brand was relaunched in 2017 after its temporary cessation in 1995.
However, the firm’s first modern vehicle was no pushover with the A110 praised by WhatCar? as its Sports Car of the Year back in 2019.
Three Men Four Wheels host Marino Franchitti said: “I think the Alpine. It’s a great little car. I’ve spent a lot of time in that and it’s just fabulous.
“I think the aftermarket stuff for that I think there will be people who will sort out all the little issues with age.
“But if you’re just looking at the chassis, the dynamics, the little engine, the gearbox, the gearing, the feeling you get.
“I was with my friend in the North of Scotland with some crazy, crazy cars and I was in a little Alpine and there was nothing it couldn’t keep up with, point to point. It was fabulous.”
Andy Jaye added: “On B roads it’s glorious, especially now the brand has been saved as well.”
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