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Anyone who's ever been wooed by the charms of an old VW T2 camper, a Nuova Fiat 500 or an Austin Healey will have a rude awakening when they find out the price. Whilst these classics are champions in terms of heritage and aesthetic, they can ofte n command the same price as a brand new hatchback, with all mod cons.

With this in mind, it's reasonable to expect many avid motorists to try and second-guess those cars that are soon-to-be-classics. Any vehicle that is now just 'old' but will soon be 'classic' could provide a huge return on investment. So which vehicles are likely candidates to be making that jump in the coming years?

Ford Capri

Although Ford's Cortina (especially the Lotus MK1) might well command higher prices down the line, they're also starting to command a premium already. As such, the Capri might be a better option for those without a fair few thousand with which to gamble.

The Capri doesn't just have the looks of a classic Dodge but an engine to match, with some of the better spec models offering around 160bhp. On the financial side, it's one of the more affordable classic Fords, but time is running out for those looking to snap up a bargain basement price, as values have already started to creep up.

Jaguar XJ

At the other end of the spectrum from the Capri is the Jaguar XJ - which offers huge potential for return but could also prove to be a financial black hole. With monstrous engines and class built in, Jaguars will always be popular, but their running cos ts are stratospheric. In addition, buyers want their cars to have been restored with the same quality and attention to detail as Jaguar itself would have done, which means it's an expensive proposition.

Those who manage to pull it off, though, will be left with one of the classiest cars on the road and one that's going to command huge re-sell values. Just don't faint at the petrol pumps, that's all.

VW Golf

Buyers of the VW Golf can be certain that their purchase is going to be an ever-popular one. Since first rolling off the production line in 1974, the Golf has gone on to become a bona fide classic. Each new iteration brings with it considerable fanfare, whilst MK1s have countless fan pages and forums dedicated solely to them.

This all means, of course, that there's considerable competition around the Golf market, especially where online marketplaces like eBay are concerned. So anyone hoping to get a deal might be better off popping on their deerstalker and doing some investi gating. MK1s will definitely be at the pricier end of the scale but are also the most desirable. If the cost is a little too heavy on the pockets, a MK2 will be almost as desirable and should see its value increase immensely over the coming years (or even decades).

Trying to guess which cars are going to be solid gold classics in the future is no different to gambling. Thankfully, though, it's not all just prodding around in the dark, as there are a fair few models on the market that look very likely indeed&n bsp;to make that jump.

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