Classic vehicle owners felt that the Aston Martin DB9, Fiat 500, Audi R8, Lotus Elise and Jaguar XKR, XF and XK models could also be classics in 50 years time, with each receiving three per cent of the votes.
The survey was conducted by classic insurer Footman James, and included visitors to the Classic Motor Show at the NEC.
Andy Fairchild, Footman James’ managing director, said: “2012 marks the 50th anniversary of many classic icons including: the Lotus Elan, Triumph Spitfire, MGB and the 40th anniversary of such diverse classics as the Renault 5 and Vauxhall FE Victor. It is fascinating to obtain an insight into what classic vehicle owners reckon are classics of the future. With regards to which ones could possibly attain iconic status in 50 years time we will just have to wait and see!” Classic Car Weekly editor Dave Richards added “if you want to see which cars will be in demand in the future as classics, you only have to look at cars in the 10-20 year old range which still have strong residuals. The Audi TT and Smart car fall into this category. Any car with an exclusive cachet such as the Maserati 3200 GT and Jaguar XK8 will also make the cut, as these modern classics are already making their owners feel good about themselves when they drive them”.
Clever buyers will be stashing away cars such as the Alfa Romeo 166 3.0 and Focus RS models as their values reach the bottom of respective depreciation curves.