Posts from ‘Future Collectibles’

Nov
01
2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA

2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA

Camaro ZL1by Don Sikora

Note: The following story was excerpted from the April 2019 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

When a limited-production variant of a performance car that’s been around a few years is announced, it’s easy to assume there’s little new beyond special graphics or maybe a fresh exterior color. Our latest Future Collectibles subject, the 2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA, is one of the exceptions that have been reworked sufficiently to pique enthusiast interest.

Sep
30
2019 Lincoln Continental Black Label. 2019 Lincoln Continental Black Label

2018 Lincoln Continental

Camaro ZL1by Don Sikora

Note: The following story was excerpted from the February 2019 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

The Lincoln Continental seemingly faded away after 2002, but the storied nameplate—so integral to the marque—apparently was too important to lose. It came back in 2017, applied to Lincoln’s largest sedan on a stretched version of the Ford Fusion chassis. It’s fair to say the car’s styling elicited mixed reactions, a pity for a nameplate first used by Lincoln on a car that oozed style. That said, this installment of Future Collectibles focuses on the latest Continentals in Lincoln’s Black Label Program.

Aug
10
Hummer H3T Alpha

Hummer H3T Alpha

Camaro ZL1by John Biel

Note: The following story was excerpted from the December 2018 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

Hummer was badly wounded in 2008, first by the rapid rise in gasoline prices and then by the increasingly shaky economy. Ultimately, though, the brand was a casualty of General Motors’s June 1, 2009, bankruptcy filing, and with it went an intriguing vehicle that was snuffed out soon after its arrival.

Jul
12
2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, 2018 Dodge Challenger Demon, 2018 Challenger Demon

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

Camaro ZL1by Don Sikora II

Note: The following story was excerpted from the October 2018 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

Remember how Dodge’s new-for-2015 Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcats were headline grabbers with their 707-hp supercharged Hemi V-8s? Now that’s yesterday’s news, and the story Dodge is selling for 2018 stars an 840-horsepower Challenger. Let that 840 number soak in as we consider the latest Future Collectibles pick, the 2018 Challenger SRT Demon.

May
27
Honda Civic Type R

2017 Honda Civic Type R

Camaro ZL1by Don Sikora II

Note: The following story was excerpted from the August 2018 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

If you’re a “hot-hatch” fan in America, these days your choices have largely been limited to the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Golf R, along with the Ford Focus ST and Focus RS. Of course, there are also various speedy Subarus, along with the Honda Civic Si coupe and sedan. Not that there’s anything wrong with any of those, but if you’re the type of enthusiast who can’t wait to pick up the next issue of EVO magazine, you’re certainly aware of all the fantastic over-the-top hot hatches the Brits get to drive but you can’t buy. Why is it we always want what we cannot have?

Jul
07
2016-2018 Volkswagen Beetle Dune

Volkswagen Beetle Dune

Camaro ZL1by Don Sikora II

Note: The following story was excerpted from the February 2018 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

Since news of “dieselgate” broke in September 2015, Volkswagen’s TDI diesel engines and the software that enabled emissions-test cheats have received tremendous attention. It’s probably an understatement that the resulting avalanche of bad press has overshadowed the company’s new-product news.

May
28
2017-18 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, Camaro ZL1

2017-2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Camaro ZL1by Don Sikora II

Note: The following story was excerpted from the December 2017 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

Chevrolet celebrated the Camaro’s 50th anniversary in 2017. There was a commemorative model with special trim, but here we’re more interested in the latest high-performance ZL1 as a possible future collectible.

May
08
2017 Ford Fusion Sport

2017 Ford Fusion Sport

by Don Sikora II

Note: The following story was excerpted from the October 2017 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

The second-generation Ford Fusion made its debut as a 2013 model, and the midsize sedan received some significant updates for 2017. Most Fusion models cater to a practical and mainstream market, while the Hybrid and Energi plug-in models target efficiency seekers. Now, though, Ford has added something for those looking for more speed and a bit more excitement than run-of-the-mill sedans offer: the Fusion Sport.

Jan
02
2016 BMW M2

2016 BMW M2

by Don Sikora II

Note: The following story was excerpted from the August 2017 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

In 2014 BMW replaced the 1-Series as its premium subcompact in America.  The new holder of that job was the 2-Series. The basic idea here was a coupe or convertible with four seats and rear drive. There were two subseries, the 228i with a turbocharged four and the M235i with a 320-bhp turbocharged inline six.

Dec
29
2001 Mercury Grand Marquis LSE

2001 Mercury Grand Marquis LSE

Cheap Wheels

by Don Sikora

Note: The following story was excerpted from the August 2017 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

Mercury, and the Grand Marquis, left the automotive scene in January 2011. That final Grand Marquis was a direct evolution of the 1979 Marquis built on the “Panther” platform that was Ford Motor Company’s response to General Motors’s downsized 1977 large cars. Consider for a moment that Panther’s run of 33 model years remarkably covered nearly half the history of Mercury itself. Over time exterior styling evolved but this body-on-frame Merc’s basic specifications remained amazingly consistent.