What 2020 models will be worth serious money in the future?
Trying to peer into the future of the collector car market is often a fool's errand. Twenty years ago, who could have foreseen the meteoric rise in prices paid for air-cooled Porsche 911s?
Nonetheless, there will always be those who try, and in terms of credibility, few analysts' opinions carry more weight than Hagerty's. The car insurer and car media producer considers a wide array of factors in putting together its annual "Hagerty Hot List," which catalogs the year's most sure-to-be-collectible new vehicles based on noteworthiness, historical trends, production numbers, and the like.
The 2020 Hagerty Hot List contains a couple of surprising entries, including the Polestar 1.
Polestar, which had been Volvo's performance car brand prior to being spun off into an independent manufacturer in 2017, made a splash when it launched the Polestar 1 performance hybrid for 2019. Key to its future collectibility are its classic 2+2 coupe layout and low 1,500-unit production run. It doesn't hurt that the 1's body is composed of exotic carbon fiber, or that it might end up being the only hybrid the company ever makes.
Another somewhat surprising entrant on the list is the Cadillac CT6-V - the special, high-performance version of Cadillac's slow-selling flagship sedan that never quite lived up to enthusiasts' expectations. Apart from the fact that it too has a low total production volume, "we will likely see this as the brand's high-water mark, from an era where General Motors took the fight to Germany and occasionally scored a knockout punch," Hagerty says.
Plus, there's that engine - a magnificent twin-turbocharged 4.2L DOHC V8 that, puzzlingly, might never again see the light of day.
The other three cars on the list - the Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang, C8 Corvette, and Jeep Gladiator Rubicon - are a bit more obvious. All three are remarkable enthusiast vehicles in their own way - the Shelby for being the first production Ford with more than 700 horsepower, the Corvette for being the first mid-engine 'Vette in the sports car's long history, and the Gladiator Rubicon for restarting Jeep's participation in the rugged pickup space after nearly three decades.
All this is to say: if you were planning on picking up any of the aforementioned five vehicles, you'd better get a move on. Someday, they might be virtually unobtainable.