Predicting which cars today will become desirable collectors’ items in the future is not an exact science, but if you know what to look for then you can make a relatively educated guess at what might one day be a sought after classic.

Rare exotics and supercars eventually end up in car collections, but they hardly ever dip low enough in value for mere mortals to acquire them first. The real trick is to find the more common variants, cars that flirt with the crusher before that unique set of circumstances that makes an old car a valuable one take effect, and then go on to become a high-value collector car.

Our list here is by no means a future-proof cheat sheet to collector car stardom but we have taken a broad range of factors into account and that should give these cars a fighting chance to rise above the rest.