In the last decade, car collecting has evolved from a niche hobby to a global industry, making car culture omnipresent and more diverse than ever. Everchanging and ever growing, the collector car world of today has seen an influx of people attracted by investing, experiencing new things in life, meeting new people, or simply indulging in a new hobby.

However, more different tastes and motives means it’s getting harder to find that next big thing—a diamond in the rough waiting to be recognized by a wider audience. That begs the question: which car is the perfect one to start an automotive collection?

Car collecting is a matter of personal preference, so there are no completely right or completely wrong answers, but there are some common factors. Both sensible and downright exotic, these ten cars share them all—they’re great driver’s cars, blue chip collector pieces, and conversation starters.

They are also not completely obvious choices—meaning they’re still underappreciated, given what they’re offering. As such, these are the perfect ones to start a car collection of your own.

#1: Pontiac Solstice GXP

Silver Pontiac Solstice GXP

Silver Pontiac Solstice GXP
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Before GM eventually pulled the plug on it in 2009, Pontiac went out in style with a few rather interesting cars. First of all, there was the GTO, a rebadged 2-door Holden Monaro with either a 350-horsepower 5.7-liter LS1 or a 400-horsepower 6.0-liter LS2. Now, that one’s a no-brainer, so let us remind you of the other, more sensible yet equally interesting Pontiac car that too often flies under the radar.

It’s the Pontiac Solstice GXP, a 260-horsepower, rear-wheel drive roadster (or T-top) built from 2007 to 2010 in 13,781 examples, 781 out of which are removable hard tops. If you are looking for a solid investment as a start of your collection, you should go for the latter, but be aware of the fact that low mileage examples have already passed the $30,000 mark.

If you want your collection to be built around this fun driver’s car, we bet you’ll find a combination of twin-scroll turbocharger, 5-speed manual transmission, and a limited slip differential quite pleasing in a more affordable roadster body, too.

#2: BMW E86 Z4M Coupé

Blue BMW E86 Z4M Coupé

Blue BMW E86 Z4M Coupé

Moving up a notch but following the same concept, the Z4M is another take on a fun and engaging Y2K-esque driving experience. A true analog power roadster, the 2006–2008 Z4M was born by transplanting bits from the highly acclaimed E46 M3 into a first generation Z4.

Given that roadsters are more engaging by nature, the Z4M took full use of the 330 horsepower 3.0-liter S54 straight six, a new 6-speed manual, while uprated suspension and brakes sourced from the M3 CSL ensured superb control around bends.

The Z4M hardtop fastback is one of the most immersive analog BMWs you can find out there, and with 1,815 examples made for the North American market and 4,275 in total, it is a true modern collector piece. That being said, the Z4M is a car you can enjoy in a multitude of ways, both on the backroads and while admiring it as a piece of modern automotive art in your garage.

#3: Mazda RX-8

Blue Mazda RX-8

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By: Djordje Sugaris
Title: 10 Best Sports Cars for New Collectors
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Published Date: Tue, 05 Apr 2022 17:02:21 +0000

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