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Best cars as future classics 2013

Twenty years from now, the carscape will be vastly different. Electric cars will be commonplace, hybrids will be universal and the Aussie V8 muscle car will be a page in history.

But a handful of 2013 cars will have survived the turmoil to attain classic status just as the Ford Falcon GTHO from the 1960s is considered even more desirable today than it was when it first hit the road. Classic cars are not necessarily about horsepower or price.

We know a collector who loves the humble, bumbling Morris 1100 in his multi-car garage. The first Toyota Prius is a car to keep because of its place in history. The original Mazda MX-5 from 1989 is just as “classic'' as certain Porsche 911s. The key to classic status is simple: Emotion.

A car does a job in the same way as a fridge but it's much more than a machine, from the shape of its bodywork to the touch-and-feel pieces in the cabin and the way it makes you feel when you're driving. The attachment could take the form of the love you feel for a first car, even a humble '50s Beetle, or the satisfaction of finally parking a dream machine -- even a Leyland P76 -- in the garage.

Classic cars don't have to be affordable on day one, because depreciation hits everything. Not enough, perhaps, to make the LaFerrari more than a dream but it could help with a Porsche 911 or an Audi R8 that's definitely desirable despite the showroom sticker.

Which current cars will achieve classic status? If we really knew, the Carsguide crew would be putting them up on blocks today as investments for the future. But here are some likely suspects:

Abarth 695 Tributo

Price: from $69,990
Engine: 1.4-litre 4-cylinder, 132kW/230Nm
Transmission: 5-speed sequential auto, FWD
Thirst: 6.5L/100Km, CO2 151g/km

The Italian baby is outrageously expensive but this humble Fiat 500 has been touched with the Ferrari wand, which makes it special. It looks wicked and is a hoot to drive. Just plain fun.

Holden Commodore SS-V

Price: about $50,000
Engine: 6.0-litre 8-cylinder, 270kW/ 530Nm
Transmission: 6-speed manual or auto, RWD
Thirst: 12.2L/100Km, CO2 288g/km

The last in the long line of truly home grown Holdens will soon be one to enjoy, thanks to improved efficiency and an Audi-style luxury cabin. The SS-V and HSV's coming F Series cars will be historic and performance icons.

Range Rover Evoque

Price: from $51,495
Engine: 2.2-litre 4-cylinder, 110kW/380Nm
Transmission: 6-speed manual or auto, FWD or 4WD
Thirst: 4.9L/100Km, CO2 129g/km

This one is a fashion item, not an SUV. The Evoque is all about the looks, a lot like a Mini, but it is also a great drive and we know the all-paw drive examples will go almost anywhere.

Nissan GT-R

Price: from $172,000
Engine: 3.8-litre 6-cylinder, 404kW/628Nm
Transmission: 6-speed auto, 4WD
Thirst: 11.7L/100Km, CO2 278g/km

Godzilla is already a collector's car, thanks to earlier models tied to the GT-R that won the Bathurst 1000. The new model is a better car, and still great value, but collectors will need to find one that hasn't been battered and abused.

Volkswagen Golf GTI

Price: from $40,490
Engine: 2.0-litre 4-cylinder, 155kW/280Nm
Transmission: 6-speed manual or auto, FWD
Thirst: 7.7L/100Km, CO2 180g/km

The German pocket rocket is a top drive and the coming model, using the Golf Mk7 body, promises to be even better. The GTI has been a cult car since the '70s and truly great since the 2005 Mark 5.

Subaru BRZ/Toyota 86

Price: from $37,150/$29,990
Engine: 2.0-litre 4-cylinder, 147kW/205Nm
Transmission: 6-speed manual or auto, RWD
Thirst: 7.8L/100Km, CO2 181g/km

People who love cars have fallen for the Twins, the sports cars that won Carsguide's 2012 Car of the Year. There is a waiting list for both and the keen are paying more than the showroom sticker, because they deliver exactly what they promise at a great price. Pushed, we'd go for the BRZ in Subaru's signature blue.

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Edizione Maserati 1.4L, PULP, 5 SP AUTOMATED MAN $22,500 – 30,580 2013 Abarth 695 2013 Edizione Maserati Pricing and Specs
Tributo Ferrari 1.4L, PULP, 5 SP AUTOMATED MAN $24,000 – 32,560 2013 Abarth 695 2013 Tributo Ferrari Pricing and Specs
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