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Whether we like it or not, Gen Z might be the last generation that’ll be buying and responsibly running classic cars with combustion engines.

We’re not here to argue what’s causing today’s kids to lose interest in cars—but gatekeeping and relentless preaching about what one needs to be to qualify as a real enthusiast probably isn’t helping.

On top of that, there’s a global craze for vintage cars among older generations, and even remotely-interesting automobiles are rapidly getting out of reach for the average young car lover looking for their first classic. Looking at how certain automobiles flatten the depreciation curve now, it seems we’re forever done with second hand cars that are attainable and fun.

The future might look grim, but not all is lost—there are still fun and underappreciated cars you can buy, blast out, and learn some things from while you’re keeping them on the road. As of now, it seems none of them will get any cheaper—so you’ll also secure yourself a drivable, enjoyable, blue chip investment.

Whether you’re simply a young enthusiast or an aspiring car collector on the other side of the screen, we’re happy you’re here. There is a place for you on the streets—and if, by chance, you still don’t know where to look, one of these modern classics might be worth considering!

#1: Mazda MX-5

Mazda MX5 Miata Group Shot

Mazda MX5 Miata Group Shot
Via Mazda

There’s one particular scene from the 2012 movie Looper I keep returning to from time to time. Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s character—Joe, a young hitman—uncovers a mint condition NA Mazda Miata, which he proceeds to drive around the apocalyptic version of future Kansas City.

Looper is by no means a car flick—nor does it pretend to be one—but this is one of the most accurate car scenes in recent film history, because the Miata will undoubtedly be a go-to collector car in the future.

The Miata ticks all the right boxes for a first classic car. First and foremost, it is cool and fun and it will hook you on driving. Next, it is affordable and relatively plentiful, meaning that you will easily find one that suits your needs and your budget (for now, at least). Next, it’s fairly simple, so you’ll learn to run it yourself. And finally, it has a huge community to help you with every obstacle you encounter and every upgrade you plan to make.

#2: Ford Mustang SN-95

Ford Mustang GT SN-95

Ford Mustang GT SN-95
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While Generation X is reliving their childhood dreams by pumping up the prices of third-gen Mustangs, you can get your taste of a somewhat oldschool Fox Body through the fourth generation, built between 1993 and 2004. The SN-95 Mustang offers two distinct designs, two body styles, and quite a few engine options to suit every budget.

Depending on how retro you want it to be, your future Mustang can sport the original rounded design or a more streamlined New Edge facelift—and as far as engines go, the V8-powered GT is the one you should be after. Earlier models used an old school pushrod 302 V8, producing a healthy 215 horsepower, while cars built from 1996 onwards had a 4.6-liter Modular V8 with up to 225 ponies.

If or when you get bored of all-stock mechanics, you can also unlock new performance heights with a practically-endless array of aftermarket upgrades. And with aftermarket parts available for practically every budget, you’ll be able to keep tricking out your Mustang no matter how much you want (or don’t want) to spend.

#3: Mitsubishi Pajero

Mitsubishi Pajero Rear Shot

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By: Djordje Sugaris
Title: The Best Future Classic Cars for Young Enthusiasts
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/best-future-classic-cars-for-young-enthusiasts/
Published Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2022 16:11:49 +0000

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Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame

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Kids are impressionable, especially when motorcycles are involved. That magical combination of sound, smell and danger has a way of imprinting itself on young minds. But Kyle Harvey didn’t just dream of bikes as a child—he practically grew up with them.

Kyle’s trade is tool and die making, but his passion is building bikes. His father, Garth Harvey, got Kyle and his brother into bikes at a young age; as soon as they could start their old man’s vintage motorcycles, they were riding them. Living in Edenvale in South Africa’s Gauteng province, the boys also had direct access to the local Classic Motorcycle Club.

 

The folks at the CMC made quite an impression on young Kyle—and taught him everything he knows about vintage bikes. After helping numerous friends work on their bikes, he went on to open his own shop, named simply ‘The Workshop.’ Kyle has been building and restoring classic motorcycles for over a decade now.

This cheeky bobber is his latest build, and it’s immensely fascinating. The engine’s from a Triumph TR6 Trophy, the frame is from a Matchless, and the quirky handmade details on it are endless.

Custom Triumph TR6 with Matchless frame

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-triumph-tr6-matchless-frame
Published Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 17:01:12 +0000

 

 

 

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The Swan Song of the V12

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The V12 engine holds a special place in the heart of many automotive and motorsports fans. For some, it’s the sound of Formula 1 through the years, especially during the 1990s. For others, it’s engines like the 6.1 L BMW S70/2 from the McLaren F1 or the 3.9L Lamborghini V12 that powered all their cars from the Miura through to the Diablo. No matter where it lies in your heart, it is the “proper” configuration for many: 6 cylinders per bank, put into a V, and firing in an odd sequence to give it that special roar under power.

Yet, as concerns over fuel efficiency, qualms about environmental impact, and high-powered turbocharged V8 or V6 engines are the norm now, the V12 is slowly, but surely, being put to rest. In fact, the only place that V12s are still hanging on by the last threads of their engine mounting bolts are in supercars, hypercars, and a few ultra-luxury cars. Even then, many exotic brands have announced that their next cars will either be V10s or turbo V8s and V6s.

Since it appears that the swan song of the V12 is reaching a crescendo, we thought it only appropriate to celebrate the few remaining cars out there that carry them. It may be the last time we see some of these brands, many of which are known for their V12s.

The Amazing Last V12 Production Versions from the Big Brands

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast. Image via Supercars.

The writing is on the wall for the prancing horse, as the new Ferrari 296 GTB is showing the direction that Maranello is headed. Yet, unless you were invited to snag one of the limited-edition Monza SP1 or SP2 cars, there is still one car you can buy from the legendary marque that has all 12 cylinders fully intact.

The 6.5L F140 GA V12

The 6.5L F140 GA V12
The 6.5L F140 GA V12. Image Via: Wikimedia Commons.

The 6.5L F140 GA 65-degree V12 in the front of the 812 is the last road-going version of the V12 that debuted in the Ferrari Enzo. Producing a monstrous 789 HP and 530 lbs-ft of torque, it is no slouch either, as when the 812 Superfast debuted, it was the most powerful naturally aspirated production car engine ever made.

It has the typical low-rev Ferrari roar that rises into a howl as the car revs up to nearly 9,000 RPM, and will catapult the 3,845 (1,744 kg) car to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds. As far as a curtain call is concerned, that’s a great way to bow out and focus on hybrids and turbocharged engines.

Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC
cedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC. Image via Supercars.

Mercedes-Benz used to be at the very top of the V12 pecking order when it came to luxury performance cars. Such classics as the S 65 AMG from the mid-2000s and the 500 TE AMG W123 Touring from the very end of the 1970s came with big V12s that sound astounding, but the biggest and baddest of the Mercedes V12s left on in a production car is the M279 E60 LA that hauled the S65 AMGs of 2014.

M279 E60 LA Twin Turbo V12

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By: Simon Bertram
Title: The Swan Song of the V12
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/v12-swan-song/
Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:49:26 +0000

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Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!

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In our continuing quest to source motorcycle gear that combines safety and style, we bring you our thoughts on Shoei’s new ECE 22.06-approved NXR2 helmet. Plus a stealthy riding parka from Akin Moto, and the perfect pair of urban riding gloves from Rev’It!.

Shoei NXR2 helmet It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Shoei’s helmets. Every Shoei I’ve owned has fit and felt right from the first wear, with no major deviations in their sizing or shape from model to model. So when I was looking for a do-it-all street helmet to replace my well-used Shoei RYD, the new NXR2 was a no-brainer… and it hasn’t disappointed.

I loved the RYD for its combination of neutral styling, comfort and ventilation. The NXR2 basically feels like a premium version of the RYD; it has the same clean aesthetic, but ramps up the performance. And it’s one of the few helmets that meet with Europe’s new, and more stringent, ECE 22.06 standard.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/shoei-akin-moto-revit-review-44
Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 17:01:31 +0000

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