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Forget Holden Commodores and Ford Falcons: These are the five affordable cars you can buy today to make big money tomorrow

The ship has sailed on Commodore and Falcon – try these instead.

Let’s start with the world’s most obvious disclaimer: Investing in almost anything comes with a fair share of risk. From art to shares, cryptocurrency to foreign cash, nothing in the money-making world is guaranteed. Well, except for maybe Australian property, but really, who can afford that?

But the other investment that has seemed rock-solid this year is vehicles, with classic cars — especially those with a Holden or Ford badge — fetching ridiculous sums as fans rush to secure one while they still can.

Talk to any vehicle sale specialist – like Jeff Dutton, co-owner of the Dutton Garage in Melbourne – and they’ll tell you that it’s normally cars with an expensive badge that perform best in the classic-car space.

Porsches, particularly 911s, are performing so well on the second-hand market that Porsche is pumping them out in larger numbers to try and keep those values down, but if you can get something rare, like a 911 GT2 RS, or anything that’s built in low production numbers, it’s going to go up in value,” he says.

“Any modern Ferrari is also an investment; F40s are good, the Testarossa has done very well, they all go up in value, as do older Rolls-Royces and Bentleys."

All of which is great, should you be able to afford an exotic vehicle. But not many can.

But it’s not just at the pointy end of the car market where things are booming. Look at LC200 prices, for example. Or the boom in classic JDM cars. Hell, if you can get your hands on a RAV4 Hybrid, you could probably drive it for a year then sell it for exactly what you bought it for.

So while it’s too late to wind back the clock and buy a classic vehicle for a song, it’s not too late to secure a new car and hope like hell it reaches classic status, too. These are the five cars we think (emphasis on think, by the way, as this is by no means rock-solid financial advice) will increase in value in 2022 and beyond.

2021 Toyota GR Yaris Rallye

Ask any classic-car specialist and they’ll tell you the story behind a vehicle can be just as important as the vehicle itself when it comes to gaining value. And few cars over the past few years have a story quite so cool as that of the GR Yaris.

Toyota’s triumphant return to homegrown performance vehicles, and to hot hatches, was a resounding success, attracting glowing reviews around the world, and the first batch of cars sold out in Australia in minutes.

The Rallye in particular is no basic hotted-up hatchback. It is an out-and-out performance car packing 18-inch BSB lightweight forged alloy wheels shod with Michelin 4S tyres, retuned, stiffer suspension, and most importantly, front and rear Torsen limited-slip differentials.

But with Toyota recently announcing a huge electrification push, the days for cars like the GR Yaris are now numbered. Which, in our opinion, will surely send the price of these early examples skyward in the decades to come.

If you have one, hold onto it.

Read more: 2021 Toyota Yaris GR Rallye pricing and specs detailed: Big cost for baby hot hatch as Subaru WRX rival gets extra sporty

2022 Nissan GT-R NISMO SV

We don’t know for sure yet whether the 2022 GT-R will be the last Godzilla to ever arrive in Australia, but we do know it's the last-ever R35 version we'll ever get.

What we also don’t know, but expect, is that the next GT-R, if there is one, will almost certainly feature some sort of electrification.

All of which means this final batch of GT-Rs could well be the final Godzillas we ever see here, or at the very least be the final time that epic twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V6 engine will appear without some form of electrification.

If it was our money (and if we had the money), we’d be investing in the GT-R NISMO SV — not chump change at $393,800 — and crossing our fingers.

Read more: 2022 Nissan GT-R price and features detailed: Final 'limited' stock of ageing supercar arriving next month headlined by T-Spec and Nismo SV

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1

Does the most “the most track-focused Mustang ever sold in Australia” tickle your fancy? Yep, us too.

What's unique about the Mach 1 isn't that it's the most powerful 'Stang, but that it borrows things from vehicles not made in right-hand drive (like the Shelby GT500 and GT350), including the 350's Tremec six-speed manual gearbox that allows you to flat-shift through the gears, and a new open-air induction system, intake manifold and new throttle bodies (also from the GT350) that boosts power to 345kW and 556Nm from its 5.0-litre V8 Coyote engine.

The Mach 1 is priced from $83,365 whether you go auto or manual, but go for the manual.

Read more: 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 pricing and specs detailed: New limited-edition Pony car comes track ready

2021 Nissan Patrol V8

Did you see what happened to LC200 prices when Toyota confirmed it was downsizing to a six-cylinder for the LandCruiser 300 Series?

Now ask yourself, how long can the Patrol’s massive V8 petrol engine really last in a modern world obsessed with efficiency?

If you answered “not long”, then we agree, which means the prodigious power and tow-easy torque on offer from this generation of Patrol’s 5.6-litre V8 could well be sought after in the years to come.

It will cost you at least $82,160 to climb into one. But compared to LC300 pricing? Chump change.

Read more: 2022 Nissan Patrol price and features: Cost increases introduced just months before Toyota Land Cruiser 300 Series arrives

2022 Nissan Z

One of the most anticipated vehicles of 2022, the Nissan Z is not just a continuation of the 350Z and 370Z. This one is designed to instead hark back to some of the most collectible cars of all time — the 240Z and 260Z.

Under the bonnet lurks a twin-turbo V6 which, in USA spec, punches out 298kW and 475Nm — which will surely be rare in the years to come — but here’s the most important bit: the 370Z launched in Australia in 2009, and by the time the new Z gets here, 12 long years will have gone by. So if Nissan sticks to that schedule, a new Z is unlikely before 2030 at least.

That’s also when Nissan’s Ambition 30 plan concludes, with a push to launch 23 electrified vehicles by 2030, including 15 EVs.

So what chance the next Z having some kind of electrification on board?

Read more: 2022 Nissan Z features detailed: Sub-five-second 0-100km/h acceleration for Toyota Supra rival makes it quicker than Porsche 718 Cayman