The 5-to-10-year-old cars are simply used cars, meant to go progressively to the bottom of their curve as an intermediate stop on the way to their final place – the local pick-and-pull lot.
Here is a list of 5 used cars to buy, that will probably have a different path – appreciation and a comfortable spot in the Garage Mahal of a collector
1. 2009 Pontiac Solstice GXP Coupe
Pontiac’s collapse during the GM’s bankruptcy was a really sad story, and the loss of this excellent sports car made it all little more bitter.
The Solstice roadster was a charming car that struggled with terminal packaging problems. While the Solstice coupe was drop-dead beautiful and far more practical.
There were only 1,200 built before GM did the similar of burning, pillaging and planting salt in the field – they killed Pontiac, offed the Solstice and shut down the Delaware plant in which it was created. Used coupes with normal miles have slightly depreciated and low mileage cars are already rising.
2. 2006 Chrysler Crossfire SRT6
The 2006 Crossfire SRT6 is definitely the best lovechild of the affair between Chrysler and Mercedes-Benz in the early 2000s.
While the basic Crossfire coupe and convertible were offered from 2004-2008, the SRT6 was only offered in showrooms in 2005, and as a factory special order in 2006.
This Chrysler/Benz mix was basically a Mercedes-Benz SLK32 AMG redressed as a hardtop coupe with great performance, offering a handcrafted AMG supercharged V-6 laying down 330 hp to the rear wheels.
Hindsight is always 20/20, and the only unlucky choice in building of the car has been to just offer the AMG signature automatic transmission, which make it the only model in the Crossfire lineup not supplied with a 5-speed manual.
Only 1,500 were manufactured, causing this to be quite a rare model.
3. 2005-2011 Lotus Elise
Although the Lotus Elise’s last model year have officially been 2011, they still have been manufactured as a stop-gap model until the 3rd generation model is produced.
Unluckily, the Elise lost it smart airbag exemption stateside, which means that the only Lotus offered in North America is the all-too-luxurious Evora — it even has air-conditioning and power steering as standard gear. On a Lotus!
For people who, however like to take pleasure in the ever-so-Spartan Elise, start thinking about the used car market.
Although, buyers might want to be wary of HPDE and track cars, as these have probably seen quite a bit of abuse; Elises with salvage titles are common.
4. 1999-2009 Honda S2000
Probably the greatest enthusiast car, developed under the Honda logo during the past decade, the S2000 was used as a fitting tribute to the S-series roadsters of the 1960s.
With the aggressive styling, a high-revving 4-cylinder engine producing 237 hp, an ultra-low center of gravity, and 50/50 weight distribution, an unmolested S2000 is likely to become an upcoming collector car.
However, due to the affordability of the S2000, many people have experienced a bad and all-too-usual punishment at the hands of the “Fast and Furious” generation.
Dedicated lovers need to look for the rarer Club Racer model, which experienced limited production in 2007 only.
5. 2012/2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302
This unique model of Ford’s ever-popular Mustang saw the return of the late ’60s and early ’70s Trans Am legend, the Boss 302.
The Boss received the original name in the late ’60s when it was a skunk works project at Ford. Whenever questioned what they were working on, people on the team just answered “the boss’s car,” and the nomenclature stayed.
The latest generation includes a retuned 5.0, putting out an additional 32 hp, and plenty of track day goodies to make any racing enthusiast giddy at even the slightest thought of it.
Furthermore to the standard Boss, an additional Laguna Seca variant is available to you. The LS is a additional upgrade with racecar parts, which includes a rear cross brace, and is limited to only 750 units per year. The Boss 302 was only manufactured for its scheduled two-year run, with just 4,000 models made each year, ensuring future collectability.
Article originally appeared at FoxNews