Classic car prices are one of those forces of nature kind of deals. Where it all seems relatively calm, but before you know it the amount of cash required suddenly escalates into the stratosphere.
Here, we run you through a list of future classic cars you should consider buying in 2019 – before prices skyrocket.
BMW M5 E39 (£8,000 to £20,000)
If you’re in the market for a Bavarian muscle car, then look no further than the BMW M5 E39.
Boasting a 400bhp 4.9-litre V8 with a proper manual gearbox. It is capable of 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds, and the last of the genuinely analogue super saloons of a bygone era.
Issues to be aware of include the dreaded rust and even worse, costly Vano’s repairs. Regardless of these issues though, it is one of the greatest M Division specials for bargain money.
Volvo 850 T5-R (£7,000 to £10,000)
When it comes to 1990s sleepers, there is nothing more stealthy than a Volvo 850 T5-R.
Under the bonnet is the magnificent 2.3-litre turbocharged five-cylinder engine good for 240bhp in ‘R’ spec making it quick by modern standards. Also, it’s rare too with a little under 7,000 produced in saloon and estate form worldwide.
Volkswagen Golf R32 Mk5 (£4,500 to £10,000)
Back in 2007 the fifth generation Volkswagen Golf R32 was the German carmaker’s attempt at a muscular hot hatch boasting a 3.2-litre V6 engine, making 247bhp to all four wheels via a Haldex Traction based 4motion system.
It was quick too, seeing off the 0-62mph dash in 6.2 seconds when specced with a DSG gearbox.
Mercedes-Benz AMG E55 (£5,000 to £12,000)
In 1998 Mercedes decided to give the W210 series E Class saloon a massive hike in the performance stakes by fitting a hand built 5.4-litre AMG V8 producing 354bhp and 390lb-ft of torque – in an attempt to take the power war to its German rivals.
Available in either saloon or estate, it could crack the 0-62mph run in 5.5 seconds. Making it a formidable performance car for the money.
Audi TT Mk1 (£1,500 to £5,000)
The first generation Audi TT wowed us when it was first revealed upon an unsuspecting world back in 1998. From its futuristic looks to its dynamic driving ability – it set a benchmark for what a modern sports car should be.
From the available power trims, the 222bhp 1.8-litre turbo, and 247bhp 3.2-litre V6 versions are prime picks with plentiful numbers available for small money.
Vauxhall VX220 (£9,500 to £20,500)
A product born of a partnership between Lotus and Vauxhall, the VX220 is Luton’s interpretation of a track day special.
Power came from a choice of a 2.2-litre (145bhp), or a 2.0-litre turbo (197bhp) engine – the turbo variant the one to go for. All models featured plastic body panels, meaning a 930kg kerbweight at its heaviest, enabling it to crack 0-62mph in 4.7 seconds in turbocharged spec.
Suzuki Jimny (£3,000 to £10,000)
OK, so hear us out on this one. But we think the third generation Suzuki Jimny is a future classic.
Why? Because for one its rare, as not many of you bought one. Secondly, it’s a very capable daily driving off-roader – meaning that good examples could become rare in the near future.
Also, depending on spec, mileage and age, cars with reasonable miles under a decade old can fetch £7-£10k in good condition.
Citroen XM (£3,000 to £5,500)
Launched in 1989, the XM was the modern interpretation of the big Citroen. In a flagship car full of beautiful flowing lines in its design.
Available as a saloon, or a later estate model. The pick of the engines are the V6 equipped models. Despite some 330,000 being built in an 11-year production run, the XM is a very rare thing these days making it a bit special.
Alfa Romeo Brera S Prodrive (£9,000 to £14,000)
Upon its release, the jaw-dropping looking Alfa Romeo Brera was much maligned for being too heavy and a bit slow.
To put this right, the Italian carmaker teamed up with Prodrive to produce the limited 500 model run of ‘S’ badged specials.
The 260bhp V6 engine remained unchanged with Prodrive trimming 100kg from the standard car. It also got 10mm lower stiffened suspension, uprated dampers and revised Brembo brakes completing the enhanced performance credentials.
Renault Avantime (£3,000 to £19,500)
When thinking of how to class the Renault Avantime, you could get a little bit lost in the glorious styling that could be designated as a shooting brake, a grand tourer, an MPV, or a mix of all three.
All we know is that looks wise, there is nothing else like it. Available in three engine flavours, the V6 remains the best choice ahead of the four-cylinder petrol and diesel variants.
It’s also very rare too, as only 8,557 examples were ever built.