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The Ford Falcons and Holden Commodores of tomorrow? The affordable cars you should invest in now to make big money later

Are these the Ford Falcons and Holden Commodores of tomorrow?

UPDATED: Just about everyone in Australia has a story about the big-money win they missed out on. Property is the obvious one, of course, but increasingly tales of seemingly not-that-special cars they sold for a song, only for those models to become hot collector items years later.

From Ford Falcons to Holden Commodores – some of which are fetching sums well north of $100k now – to the Datsun 260Z, and more recently, the LandCruiser 200 Series.

Had you held any of those vehicles, you’d have made a fortune. But if you sold one? Not so much.

While you’ve missed the boat on those models, it’s never too late to take a chance on a current model that could become the next icon.

So with that in mind, here’s the five cars we think could boom in the years to come.

The key word, of course, is think. Investing in almost anything comes with a fair share of risk. So please do your own comprehensive research before making any informed decisions.

2022 Toyota GRMN Yaris or Toyota GR Yaris Rallye

Toyota's GRMN Yaris Toyota's GRMN Yaris

Exclusivity and rarity are the two key major ingredients that go into the making of a future classic, and they don’t come much rarer or exclusive than the new Toyota Yaris GRMN.

Limited to just 500 models across a base edition and two special packs, the GRMN is also at this point limited to Japan, but if you can get your hands on one now or in the future, the $100,000-plus Yaris has all the makings of a future icon.

It’s wider, lower, stiffer and significantly better equipped on the performance front. But perhaps more importantly, it makes almost no sense, which can only make you wonder if Toyota would ever do anything like it ever again.

But if you can’t find a GRMN, then the GR Yaris Rallye is your next best bet. 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.

And 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.

2022 Nissan GT-R NISMO SV

The Nissan GT-R is the last of its kind The Nissan GT-R is the last of its kind

It’s hard to know 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.

2022 Nissan Z

The new Nissan Z The new 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?

2022 Ford Mustang Mach 1

The Mustang Mach 1 The 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.

2022 Nissan Patrol V8

The Nissan Patrol packs a potent V8... for now. The Nissan Patrol packs a potent V8... for now.

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.