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Old 19th December 2013, 13:58   #46
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Here's my list of Future Classics

1) Mahindra Classic
2) Maruti Zen
3) Tata Sierra
4) Maruti Baleno
5) Fiat Palio 1.6

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Old 27th December 2013, 14:40   #47
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Classic Car Club of America:

'A CCCA Classic is a "fine" or "distinctive" automobile, either American or foreign built, produced between 1925 and 1948. Other factors, including engine displacement, custom coachwork and luxury accessories, such as power brakes, power clutch, and "one-shot" or automatic lubrication systems, help determine whether a car is considered a Classic.'

I feel we should consider the rethink about what we mean by classic. The generally accepted norm for a car to attain classic status is that it should atleast be 40 yrs old. If this is so, I really wonder how a majority of the cars on our list can be called 'classic' in the next 20 years.

So wouldn't it be better if we call this thread 'Future Desirable Cars'.
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Old 27th December 2013, 18:12   #48
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My List of Cars would be

HM Contessa
Mercedes W126
Old Honda City Vtec
Tata Safari.
Mahindra Classic
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Old 28th December 2013, 19:11   #49
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What about M 800 DX, Five Speed which has the F8D engine. I believe a limited cars were produced. We have one still stock and have done 91000 kms. Its still a fun to drive car only one think which irks is the absence of power steering.
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What about M 800 DX, Five Speed which has the F8D engine. I believe a limited cars were produced. We have one still stock and have done 91000 kms. Its still a fun to drive car only one think which irks is the absence of power steering.
5-speed 800 is better than a regular 800 but that doesn't mean it is a collector's item or that it performs better than other cars in the segment. It was simply a cheaper option to Alto in those days that came with the same engine and gearbox and better build. There was nothing in 800 that you couldn't get in an Alto.

An Alto VXi 1.1L was however a much more rarer, more powerful, feature-packed rocket from Maruti and it was a better handler than the Wagon R that had the same 1.1L engine as standard. Still, both these were cars paled in comparison to the MPFI Zen from the same stable when it came to handling and driving pleasure. So I wouldn't put an Alto 1.1L as a collector's piece either. If it was indeed a better car than the Zen, we wouldn't have seen 1.1 disappearing from Alto variants in those days. Maruti dared to put a powerful engine back in Alto (K10) only after the Zen retired from the line up.

BTW, my pick of cars:
Sierra
Zen
W124
OHC
Ikon 1.6 (no other engines qualify)
Palio 1.6 (no other engines qualify)
Octavia vRS
Swift - all engines have their own character.

IMO, a car would make it to that list only if you think you would pick its keys instead of a newer car 20 years down the line.

I see it happening frequently with my Zen (which turned 18 this week btw) though the competition it has to face is an equally capable Swift diesel.
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Lightbulb Future classic/vintage cars

We've all been discussing classic vintage cars from yesteryears. I was going through Karthik's post of his Premier Padmini and hit upon a thought.

Which cars do you think will go on to become classics in the future? Just saying future will be too vague; so let's say 30 years from now i.e in 2045 which cars that we're owning now will go on to become as classics and will be sought after by vehicle connoisseurs.
To ensure brevity and clarity, suggest a car that will become a classic in 30years and support it with your arguments
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i will add the linea, the superb (1.8), fabia and the jetta.
Why Fabia of all cars?
It had an underpowered puny engine, 3 pots and a laggard in comparison to the weight/output ratio.

My vote for future classics would sort of correspond with the list Nitro has already covered.

The usual suspects:
  • Palio GTX
  • Zen MPFI
  • Octavia vRS
  • Ikon 1.6 Nxt
  • OHC(Ver. 1)
  • M&M Classic
  • Mondeo(sheer drivability and nothing else. Pity it sold so few!!)
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My vote would be for the Opel Corsa. An extremely underrated car in my opinion
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I would pick the following.
Palio S10,
Zen MpFi, the old shape.
Honda City V tec
Polo GT TDi , they have stopped the 1.6 and have replaced it with the 1.5. Though both
have the same power and torque figures, many consider 1.6 to be better than the 1.5.
Additionally 1.6 came with 5 alloys and all of them were made in Spain.
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Suzuki Swift Mark-1 with the G13BB engine.
great mechanical feel, manual-everything, no electronic nannies, a great DIY car, proven gutsy 16v gasoline engine with good mid to top-end poke, slick shifting gearbox, nippy around the corners, good brakes, cost efficient to run and maintain.
This is the "spiritual successor" to the fabled Zen and is an "indian" classic in the making?
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My two cents, but, the Ambassador and the Scorpio for that matter, could become classic cars in about 20 years time. Why not? I also think, due to the uniqueness, the Nano too would become a classic. I have kept out the early 1980 M800 out of the list. And again, are we talking of cult cars or cars with specific performance figures, butch engines, or whatever?

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Future Classics:

1. Current Mahindra thar crde - As they would keep adding elec. Accessories and change the design too, some day old school will have its own charm.

2. Mitsubishi Pajero (old model) - The SUV that introduced SUV culture in our country. The SUV that hauled numerous businessmen and actors is still an eye turner. It's well built too!

3. Maruti Gypsy - lesser and lesser of them getting sold will soon make it a classic. Even today it turns eyes. Everyone wants to buy one, but only a few dare cross that line.

4. HM Ambassador - The car that towed bureaucrats and politicians alike. There is some air about some officer getting off white amby with red beacon, no sir We dont like your sx4/dzire

5. Mitsubishi Lancer (old) - We had a looker. It looked like its going to tear the roads apart. Now, well its history.

6. Mercedes G class - Need i say anything in its favor?
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