With the inevitability of hybrid technology and automotive electrification, the next few years should represent a veritable paradise for car fans looking to scoop up the last of the potentially important collectible gas-powered cars, especially those that unapologetically flex their full-fuel muscle.
Lamborghini Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae
While the limited-to-112-editions of the very special hybrid Countach LPI 800-4 plans that are afoot of late in Sant’Agata may sully the estimable legacy of the highly collectible 70s-era Countach in some purists’ eyes, Lambo will still make full-fuel monsters that smack of collectability before it switches to integrating electrification across the line next year. The limited edition Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae represents the end of production for the V12-powered hypercar, in the form of only 350 coupes and 250 roadsters. With a 2.8-second 0-to-60mph giddy-up and all the angularly gorgeous Lambo design DNA, you might want to change that line from Mad Max to “…the last of the V12 interceptors.” When debuted, the Ultimae will be listed for $498,298. lamborghini.com
It’s no mistake that F comes after E in the alphabet, and even more so when you consider that the designers at Jaguar are plotting to create a legend behind the brand’s joyful two-seater F-Type sportster that may match the gravitas of the 1960s-era Jaguar E-Type (considered by many car collectors to be one of the most beautiful vintage cars ever created). While the British carmaker has been making a lot of hay in the luxury alternative power arena with the all-electric I-PACE SUV, the sporty $103,200 F-Type R still burns up the roads with a 5-liter, 575hp supercharged V8 power plant that pushes the gorgeous vehicle around the curves like a bobsled on an oiled ice track. Sheer driving dynamics that hybrid and electric approaches may never catch up with. jaguarusa.com
While technically a mild-hybrid model, this online-only limited edition that went up for sale in the spring with first deliveries scheduled as you read this, has all the exclusivity boxes checked for a potential future collectible car. The online reservation window may have closed, but many of those buyers were probably buying on spec and may be interested in flipping. The online reservation version, powered by a 2-liter, 423hp supercharged V4, went for $83,900 in Rosso Granturismo red when the offer debuted. When the model officially hits the market after the initial online reserved models, the top-of-the-line Grecale Trofeo will be powered by a 523hp V6 based on the Maserati MC20 supercar Nettuno engine. Elite soccer mom practicality meets Italian style? You bet. maserati.com
Porsche’s popular electric Taycan may be practically a phenom as it changes hearts and minds with its favorable, P-word performance and dynamics. But, if you want to own the essence of Porsche – and I won’t make any apologies – you’re talking about a gas-powered 911. The latest 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet, which starts at $137,200, injects a bit of open-air style and fun to the unmistakable driving experience. With a top track speed of 188mph, this auto’s velocity is generated by a thrumming 443hp twin-turbo boxer 6-cylinder engine. The legendary lickety-split PDK transmission creates a fuel-only shifting symphony like no other (well, maybe the full-manual option creates an equally beautiful noise), and while Porsche hasn’t announced detailed plans for 911 electrification, you really can’t go wrong with investing in a car like this at any time. But, you may want to keep it in your collection – and on your regular driving schedule – forever. porsche.com