13 Cars To Invest In Now -- Before They're Collector's Items

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1993 - 1998 Toyota Supra Turbo

Toyota is known for reliable and family-friendly cars, but the Supra Turbo is a model that shocked the industry with its impressive capabilities as a performance car. Selling for around $40,000 on the resale market today, it'll cost you a pretty penny, but that price will only go up in the years to come. If your car collection has the room and you have the money, it would be smart to invest now.

1988 Pontiac Fiero GT

The Fiero is a model that GM worked for years to perfect, culminating with the 1988 release of the Pontiac GT. This model entered the market as a worthy sports car, though negative reviews of earlier versions of the car continued to plague sales of the vehicle. Still, the 1988 is the best model of the Fiero you can buy, and the collector's price tag is estimated to increase in the coming years.

DeLorean DMC 12

The DeLorean DMC 12 will run you about $30,000 on today's market, but it's a smart investment. This was the only car the DeLorean auto company ever produced, and even though it's not the best model in terms of technical capabilities, it rose to fame by being in the "Back to the Future" movies. It's an iconic model and pretty rare by today's standards, so shelling out the cash for one now will nicely suit your collection in a few decades time.

Nissan 300 Z31 Twin Turbo

In the early 1990s, the 300ZX was a performance car that boasted a twin-turbo engine and four-wheel steering. They're on the market today for anywhere from $12,000 to $20,000, a price which is set to grow steadily. Since they were common cars for tuners to get their hands on, their value will come in if you own one that hasn't been altered in any way. The Z31 model, pictured here, dates back to earlier than 1990 and is even higher in value.

Mercedes 560SL

Today, a 1980 Mercedes 560 SL can be found for around $20,000, a surprisingly affordable find for a model whose other generations have exploded in value. The SL is a smart investment, but one notable setback is that maintenance costs can run higher compared to other vehicles.

Fiat Spider

Around $10,000 is what you'll have to fork over for the Fiat Spider, which is the cheaper alternative to other more high-end European roadsters and convertibles. The Fiat Spider has had a long production life (from 1966 to 1985) which makes it a relatively easy item to find on the market. Car collectors estimate that a few decades will see a dramatic increase in the value of this Italian roadster.

Porsche 928 S4

The 928 is a Porsche that has a devoted cult following and goes for about $25,000 today. According to ClassicCars.com, values for the 928 are expected to increase dramatically, since a decrease in Porsche 911 availability will likely raise a higher interest in the 928. The S4 will also become a hot item, as it was only in production for five years starting in 1987.

AMC Javelin

The Javelin has fallen victim in the past to the popularity of other American Motor Corporation cars like the Gremlin and Pacer. Savvy car collectors will use that to their advantage, though. While others will pay top dollar for those models, you can get a historic American muscle car in the form of the Javelin for a relatively bargain price of around $25,000.

BMW 2002

The 2002 was selected by the editors of ClassicCars.com as the top "up and coming collectible car." The 2002 introduced American car buyers to the BMW brand back in the 1960s and is still relatively affordable today, with an average price tag of about $20,000. Expect the value of these BMWs to skyrocket in the future.

Cadillac Eldorado

The Cadillac brand simply oozes luxury, and while the 2002 Eldorado is still too new to be classified as classic, experts predict that its timeless style and low production quantity will soon make it one. With a 300-hp Northstar V-8 and a beautiful interior, expect this model to become a new fan favorite.

Jaguar XJR

The Jaguar XJR was a lightweight and slightly unsuccessful car when first released, but experts note that Jaguar values usually rebound over a long time period. While the XJR is still in production today, it's another example of an under-utilized model of a luxury brand that will likely reach top dollar value in the years to come.

Honda Insight

The first Insight was at the start of the fuel economy craze, with its aerodynamic performance and Atkinson cycle four-cylinder. It's still on the market today, but collectors agree that it's a safe bet for a valuable collector's item down the line.

Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible

Any model you can nab of this beauty of a car is sure to add a steep increase in value to your car collection. The latest model has a 6.2-liter V-8 that produces 426 horsepower. It's destined to be a future classic.

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