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10 future classic cars that will never go out of style

Cars as investments can be more than simply antiques on wheels. Insider Engage reviews some set-to-be classics that are made to be driven

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When we talk about cars as investments, the mind usually conjures up antiques on wheels that belong behind velvet ropes where they can be appreciated but remain untouched.

However, there are many true classics in the making that are made to be driven.

Here are 10 iconic models:   

Jaguar XJ

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In the sixties, the XJ6 became iconic for the then-experimental Jaguar, winning awards and arguably setting the tone for sedan design.

Now in its fourth generation, the XJ model is going out with a bang.

On top of the famous long wheelbase the XJ boasts bespoke stylings inside and out and comes with over 570 horsepower.

There are also plans to produce an electric version in the near future…

Fiat 124 Spider

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Another iconic make from the sixties, this convertible coupe screams fun while embracing sleek and timeless Italian design.

Finding an original 124 Spider will take a huge amount of expense and effort, but fortunately the modern version more than holds a torch up to the original (see photo) and a smaller 1.4 engine still provides plenty of rear-wheel torque with 160 horsepower.

Ford Mustang

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Anyone who has owned an original Mustang will tell you anecdotes about the reality of its poor fuel efficiency and troublesome handling.

Fortunately, the modern version has addressed these pitfalls and a new model will come brimming with benefits, namely a 4-cylinder engine churning out 460 horsepower.

The design has been tweaked for racing, with a lower roof and wider track.

Porsche 911

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The epitome of ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’, the iconic 911 design has barely been changed since its 1964 birth, but the most recent model has a more muscular look and aggressive drive.

Petrolheads can debate for days about the many different iterations of 911s that are now available, but all newcomers need to know is that the new Carrera comes with a 379-horsepower engine, which retains its timeless growl.

Alfa Romeo Giulia

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They may be maddening at times, but Alfa Romeo will continually remind their owners why their driving experience is head and shoulders above most other vehicles.

The Giulia has become a much sportier model over the years and now benefits from a 2-litre, turbocharged, 4-cyclinder engine that generates 280 horsepower.

Fortunately, none of this comes at the cost of award-winning Italian styling.

Bentley Continental

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The Bentley Continental sometimes gets a bad rap and is unfairly dismissed as a ‘footballer car’, but the design on this grand tourer is a true homage to its fifties roots.

You’ll struggle to find a better interior that champions comfort while giving the driver a powerful driving experience, with the choice of a twin turbo or 6-litre W12 engine producing over 600 horsepower.

Rolls Royce Phantom

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Thanks to Lord Sugar, the Phantom is synonymous with captains of industry being chauffeured around town. This is ironically a misjustice as anyone who owns a Phantom deserves to drive it themselves.

The classic design resists aerodynamic norms and is built around an ironic front grill and bonnet ornament, encasing a 6.75-litre twin-turbo V12 engine.

This produces over 500 horsepower with a focus on low-end power for smooth, quiet driving that oozes refinement.

Aston Martin DB11

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Sean Connery may no longer be with us, but the Aston Martin lives on and the DB11 looks set to win new generations of fans for this historic motoring brand.

Aston Martins are renowned for being made by hand and any driver will be met with hidden gems and amazing details wherever they look.

As a driving experience, the V8 version packs the most punch and churns out over 500 horsepower. There’s a reason the Bond franchise have stayed with Aston Martins all this time…

McLaren 675LT

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McLaren is a name steeped in British racing history and the 675LT will surely carve out its own legacy for decades to come.

This model took the motoring world by storm and is a track car through and through, built to be light yet strong and to fulfil one requirement: speed.

At 675 horsepower this McLaren easily pips 200mph. Racing history surely awaits.

LaFerrari

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No list of must-own timeless cars would be complete without a Ferrari.

Only 499 of this model were ever made but it is such a must-have that the legendary Maranello-based automobile design house literally just called it ‘The Ferrari’.

It boasts an eye-watering 950 horsepower and can hit 124mph in seven seconds. All of this raw energy comes in classic Ferrari styling. Truly a must-own.

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