The exact time it takes a car to become a classic varies, but the AACA defines a car as a classic when it is over 25 years old. As we advance toward 2020 and beyond, we’ll see a whole new list of cars into the classic car territory. In this guide, we’ve picked out the best cars produced in 1995 which will likely creep up in value as the years go on, becoming iconic classics.
The NSX definitely made an entrance when first released in 1989 at the Chicago Auto Show, with its inspirations of Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Porsche all visible in the design. The car was assembled by 200 of the highest skilled workers at Honda. They really wanted this to be special and it paid off big time!
Naturally aspirated with the VTEC engine, known for high revs and being able to take a lot of punishment on the road as well as the track. The NSX-T was the 1995 update, featuring its semi-convertible Targa top and widely replacing the standard coupe version. The NSX-T wasn't just style changes though, upgrades to the exhaust system, traction control and a limited-slip differential which increased corner exit speeds by up to 10%.
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Echoing the classic Porsche features, this Porsche cost about $300 million in development and was the last air-cooled car made by the company. Visually the car had a smoother front end with a wider rear sitting on 17-inch alloys as standard.
The 1995 model was the first model from this series to be sold in the United States, with the 1998 being the final one. However, it was actually available as far back as January 1994 in the United Kingdom, where it generated publicity by being used as a safety car during the Formula 1 season. It’s speed, agility, power, and unique shape caught the eyes of countless racing fans and ensured it sold in high numbers when it eventually hit the market stateside.
Englishman Tony Hatter was responsible for its now iconic design, taking the basic shape of previous models and adding a little more style and flair, with teardrop mirrors and a distinctive rear bumper, among other additions.
It's amazing what Porsche can do with 270bhp, the way the car makes you feel coming out of a corner at high speed is what makes people love the Porsche brand. This particular model had an aluminium subframe that wasn’t seen before on a rear-engine car at this time.
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The E36 is the 2nd generation of the BMW M3. Many would argue that visually, compared to the E30, it was quite reserved in its sporty performance looks. It looks like a rough draft of what they really wanted, which was the e46 design masterpiece to follow a few years later. This, however, was far from the truth, as underneath its confused shell lies a 321bhp silky smooth 6-cylinder engine.
The E36 not only jumped forward in trying a new design, but it also jumped forward with the VANOS system which BMW featured here for the first time. The car was packed full of racing technology taking the M range to a whole new level.
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This was the first Jaguar XJ produced entirely under the new Ford ownership. In 1995 a long-wheelbase version of the car was produced, the XJ X330, adding 6 inches extra for rear passengers and 1 inch more headroom. A truly luxury car for its time, it still holds its high-end appearance today with a sense of class and wealth.
This series was manufactured between 1994 and 1997, with the goal being to improve build quality and performance over previous models. This was made possible thanks to the huge cash injection made by Ford, who had this famous British brand well in its sights and spent over £200 million (around $400 billion at the time) improving the facilities. It is said that even the Queen visited the factory following the overhaul, using her many millions to purchase one of these iconic cars for her own use.
A lot of time and money went into creating this car and the result was a masterstroke of design that will see the Jaguar XJ X330 become the sort of classic that every collector wants to get their hands on.
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A popular car with street racers at the time, the V6 Honda Accord had a wide range of aftermarket parts available. Dual exhausts were standard, as were leather seats and 4-speed auto transmission. The Honda Accord was named the import car of the year in 1994 and since 1989 it has been one of the best-selling cars in the United States.
It's a more affordable and more common future classic, but it still ticks many boxes. It packs a lot of power under the hood, offers comfort and agility, and the brand has always been considered to be one of the best in the country. Everyone remembers these cars fondly, and the people who had a lot of fun driving these cars around in the 90s will be the ones paying a high price for them in 2020 and beyond.
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Making its first appearance at the 1995 Geneva Motor Show, the Lamborghini Diablo SV boasted an impressive 510hp. It was factory fitted with an adjustable spoiler formed from carbon fiber and color-matched to the bodywork, and it was fitted with large front wheels than other cars in the range.
The Diablo was one of the most sought-after Italian sports cars throughout its 11-year production run, which began in 1990 and ended in 2001, and while it was considered to be one of the more powerful cars in this range, the Diablo SV was also one of the cheapest and considered to be entry-level.
Named after the Spanish word for “Devil”, this series would later be replaced by the Murcieálago and had a production run of just 2,884. The SV variant was named for Super Veloce, or “Super Fast”, and in 1998 a limited run of Diablo SVs was produced exclusively for the US market. This was known as the Monterey Edition and was only sold in the United States. The Diablo Alpine Edition was also limited to the US market and only 12 of them were ever produced.
The Diablo SV was the cover car for the Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit and has featured in many other games since, including the Forza Motorsport. When you consider that these cars can sell for upwards of $300,000, NFS and Forza is the closest that most of us will get to being behind the wheel of a Diablo SV!
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Lamborghini also released the VT Roadster in 1995, the all-wheel-drive version of the Diablo with much-improved handling and characteristics of the car. This car hit the market in December of that year and featured a carbon fiber Targa roof which was controlled electronically.
The roof locked into position above the engine bay which forced Lamborghini to change the engine lid for ventilation purposes. This was an iconic supercar and could be one of the most valuable classic supercars in years to come. It features a design that screams “1990s” and in that sense it may be somewhat dated, but this is the car that many 90s kids had on their walls, the car that everyone wanted. Now those kids are adults with expendable incomes and classic car collections, so they may be the ones digging into their pockets and driving the price of this vehicle up.
Of course, it helps that this car was produced in very limited numbers, with some estimates suggesting that only 200 ever rolled off the production line. There was also an SV Roadster. This was also produced during the lifespan of the Diablo and only 6 were manufactured.
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With a growing rally legacy growing behind the brand, the Impreza WRX STI was a straight hit when it was released. Subaru introduced its first coupe 2 door model of the Impreza in 1995 too. The rally heritage attached to this model of the WRX STI has stayed with it to this day, the golden era of Colin McCrae did a lot for Subaru. The standard STI produced 271bhp with an all-wheel-drive system essentially making this car an all-weather all-terrain sports car.
The very first Subaru Impreza was produced in 1992, and within a few years it had become a highly sought-after vehicle. A decade later, thanks to its popularity on the rally scene and the countless titles it had under its belt, it had become a classic. It has since featured on many racing games, including pretty much every popular street, dirt, and track racing game from the 1990s and early 2000s.
In 2019 the Impreza was named the “lowest-depreciating sedan” by iSeeCars, and classic editions of the WRX STI fetch a high price on the used market. That will likely continue as this car enters the “classic” stages of its life.
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The first AMG performance version of the C class was made to rival BMW’s M3 at the time. With a tuned suspension and a 3.6L engine it produced upwards of 276bhp, slightly less than the BMW M3. This beast of a future classic hit 0-60 in around 5.8 seconds and was limited to 155mph, even to today's standards these times are very quick.
Only 5200 AMG C36’s were ever produced, which puts this car into appreciating classic territory. They later admitted that all engines were hand-assembled, which means there can be some variations in the power of these vehicles, ranging from 276hp to 286hp, but this is a classic in every sense of the word.
Later editions of the AMG have helped to cement the popularity of cars. They were faster, more powerful, but the C36 got there first and will soon be considered a classic car.
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I think we can all agree that the ’90s wasn’t a vintage period for US muscle, with many classic Chevys, and the best Mustangs being produced in the decades previous. This was an era of European dominance, as evidenced by the many British, Italian, and German cars on this list.
But, we think there is an exception and this one comes in the face of the ever-faithful Mustang. The Saleen Mustang would get you to 60 mph in around 5.9 seconds, which is pretty respectable, even in today’s money, and would top out at 170 mph. Unlike a lot of it’s ‘90’s contemporaries the Saleen looked a bit prettier too.
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The first-generation Porsche Boxster was produced in 1996, which means it’ll hit that magic 25-year mark a few months after the other cars on this list. But it still deserves its place as this is a high-powered, compact classic. It can also be purchased relatively cheaply and should hold its value well.
The 1996 Boxster was a 2-seater roadster and it was designed at a time when Porsche were struggling, after struggling to sell the 928 and looking forward to a pretty bleak future. It is said that the car was first dreamt-up during the Tokyo Motor Show in 1991, with the concept car being launched 2 years later and receiving a wealth of publicity during the North American International Auto Show.
The Porsche Boxster featured a water-cooled six-cylinder engine and was an instant hit worldwide following its launch, with an iconic design that was given a face-lift nearly a decade later with the release of the second generation. There have since been two more generations of this iconic vehicle, with the fourth generation landing as recently as 2016.
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