The folks are Yahoo Autos have put together a list of six cars might be worth making an investment in. Out of the six cars listed as future classics, two of those are BMW models.
In a way expected, the BMW 1M sits at the top of the list. The “baby-M” went on sale in 2011 and was sold out before it even reached out the local dealerships. Listed at $47,030, the 1M sold either for sticker price or significantly higher, reports at the time mentioned some dealers charging a premium of $10,000.
There were 740 units sold in the United States with some of those units being reported totaled after unfortunate accidents.
In a little over two years since it went on the market, the BMW 1M sells on various car listings websites from $60,000 to $70,000 (with a pretty base configuration), a significant increase over the base price.
The BMW 1M is one of the best cars BMW has ever made. Ever. It hit the market in 2010, and its twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter engine delivered some 340 horsepower. But it wasn’t the sheer power that made it what it was, it was the overall feel behind the wheel. Total driving bliss.
At a starting price of $46,000 brand new, the 1M ran in limited numbers before it was off the market for good in 2012, with just over 6,300 units sold worldwide. Want a grab a used one for sale on the web today? You’ll be dishing out close to $70K.
If that wasn’t validation enough, in 2011, Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson said “BMW 1M Is The Most Fun Car of the Year.” Clarkson placed the BMW 1M ahead of the McLaren, Ferrari FF and 458, Nissan Skyline and the Lamborghini Gallardo Performante.
E92 BMW M3
Second BMW to be listed as a future classic and money maker is the outgoing E92 M3. The V8 engine found in the M3 might be the last ever seen in the super sporty M car, a naturally-aspirated beauty that has received many accolades over the years. The F80 and F82 M3/M4 will make use of six-cylinder turborcharged engine, a more potent unit but with a different sound and behavior.
Like any great automaker, BMW is moving on to bigger and better things with the new 4 Series — the much-anticipated successor to the 3 Series coupe. But it’s the high-performance E92 M3 coupe that will leave enthusiasts tripping over themselves to get one in a decade’s time.
The base price for a 2013 E92 M3 Coupe is $60,100 and while the car didn’t see a price spike, it continues to hold a good value. While the 1M is tougher to find around you, the E92 M3 should be available at most dealerships around the country.
The list goes on and cars like the Fisker Karma, Lexus LFA, Ford Mustang Boss 302 and Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S are being labeled as future classics.
The full list can be found here.