Future Collectables ?

As I watch the BMW E30 M3 become the only modern collectable BMW to date, I feel like I nailed it, as back in 2003 I wrote about and talked about how it looked like this could happen. Of course I have missed on a couple too. The E30 M3 is not stopping now and as it increases in value it is fun to watch the long time enthusiasts (Fellow SIG and S14.net members) just go crazy.

So, what is next? What cars do I think might have a chance to do the same? In other words, what German performance imports can you and I buy right now that we can enjoy and that actually might appreciate in value?

Here are my 3 top picks.

BMW: 1998-2002 M Coupe This was the last BMW M model that was just flat out fun to drive. It's semi trailing arm rear suspension updated from the E30 series along with the short wheelbase and very short polar moment makes it challenging at the limit but a blast to drive. Best examples are low mileage one owner cars with clean accident free history. The 2001-2002 S54 engine equipped models with just (690 sold in the US) have already started to generate interest. I'll take mine in Laguna Seca Blue.

2006 Mini Cooper S GP1: Yes, a MINI! The first new generation MINI really was a special car and this GP model was released at the end of that series production. Less than 2000 total cars all painted in Thunder Blue and assembled in Bertone Italy make this a really cool car and these are my choice for the local autocross too. If you can't find one of these, a 2006 Mini Cooper S Convertibles is my second MINI choice.

2004 Porsche 911 GT3: Oh yeah! This car is a track monster in the right hands and even though it is from the 911 996 series of cars that don't enjoy the 911 following of those before or since, this was the first GT3 and it's bullet-proof Mezger engine, raw ability, and perfect chassis feedback make it a real winner for the future. If you can find a lightly used GT3 "RS" you just may have real potential for a life changing financial event while owning one of the coolest cars ever made. Early Porsche 911's, as everyone knows, have gone crazy in value. For good reason in my opinion. BUY, BUY, BUY!