Classic cars are big business these days, certain models have risen to stratospheric heights in recent years and while that is great for some, it means that those who didn’t see it coming may never be able to own one.

But wait, what if we had some way of predicting which cars today would one day become desirable classics? Well, for a car to stand the best chance it would need to meet a few criteria first. Rarity, price, performance and some unique trait that made it stand out against its peers when new are all good indicators of future stardom.

Armed with this knowledge we took a look at a cross-section of British cars that are affordable today but may one day become high-value classics. Now we know that most British brands are now actually foreign owned, but as long as they still retained some of their ‘Britishness’ we included them here. Start slideshow