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What common item today will be worth a heck of a lot in the future?

Brattles 1,233 April 22, 2013 at 11:32 AM in Chat
Really sorry I didn't keep those rolls of silver quarters.

What stuff like that, that's commonplace today, will have worthwhile value in the future and is easy to stockpile?

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I say cats, so you should go adopt a bunch tomorrow and give them food and nice homes.
I disagree. Puss Puss tends to lose it's value as it ages.
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My biggest mistake when I was taken car shopping before my SR year knowing that gas prices were on the rise; was not buying a stripped down Chevy Nova; instead my Mother talked me into buying a Chevy Vega Wagon Facepalm The worst car ever made with the aluminum block engine. Had I bought the stripped down Nova back then; I'd still own it today Sadwalk Head Bang But she held the purse strings for the first year, before I took over the payments Mad
If I have any money left after the kids grow up and become independent (if that ever happens laugh out loud ) I'm going to buy a restored 60's car.. Be sure and wave to the old dude driving the Chevelle in 20 years laugh out loud
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Anything I have autographed.
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If I have any money left after the kids grow up and become independent (if that ever happens laugh out loud ) I'm going to buy a restored 60's car.. Be sure and wave to the old dude driving the Chevelle in 20 years laugh out loud
We have a friend with a 60's Chevelle sitting in his garage, pretty much in excellent condition; needs some work to it; still runs - it's the first car he and his wife ever dated in - he keeps it covered with a canvas tarp - until he gets the opportunity to do the restoration work to it - and we looked up what it would be worth - *gasp* and told him he should get it insured now - in case that house burns down. You can't imagine the number of people with something like this sitting in their garages - usually waiting for when they retire to finish this up - as he is doing.

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Anything I have autographed.
You're talking about those special pics right Evil
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Hubby and I talk about this all the time, the muscle cars of the 70's, and the cars of the 60's & 50's; there will be no such cars from this era that people will look back on and say Ohhhhhhh remember that car - because they are all made of plastic and are disposable - whereas the one's made prior were not - and will always remain "classics".
Eh, people starting saying that in the 80s. And to a point, it's true. For instance, many insurance companies that used to insure "Historical" vehicles changed th rules from any car 25+ years old to only cars with "unique" properties from the 80s on, like sports cars and convertibles and such. That said, I still look back to the 80s models with fondness. I own an '87 560SL. I'm trying to get my hands on a mid 80s Monte Carlo at the moment, and I'd pay quite a bit to find a Buick Grand National in good condition.

The problem is that people don't value what's around them until it's gone. It's always "oh, what we have now sucks, I like what we had XX years ago. Guess what, XX years into the future, there's gonna be stuff from now that you want back. When I was a teenager, everyone hates everything about the 80s. Music, fashion, cars, culture, everything. They admired the 70s retro stuff. I was always an 80s-phile, and suddenly it's become "cool" again.
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Absolutely! Especially the ones where I'm attempting to pose and look cool like Charlies Angels.

Edit: But with a cape!
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Eh, people starting saying that in the 80s. And to a point, it's true. For instance, many insurance companies that used to insure "Historical" vehicles changed th rules from any car 25+ years old to only cars with "unique" properties from the 80s on, like sports cars and convertibles and such. That said, I still look back to the 80s models with fondness. I own an '87 560SL. I'm trying to get my hands on a mid 80s Monte Carlo at the moment, and I'd pay quite a bit to find a Buick Grand National in good condition.

The problem is that people don't value what's around them until it's gone. It's always "oh, what we have now sucks, I like what we had XX years ago. Guess what, XX years into the future, there's gonna be stuff from now that you want back. When I was a teenager, everyone hates everything about the 80s. Music, fashion, cars, culture, everything. They admired the 70s retro stuff. I was always an 80s-phile, and suddenly it's become "cool" again.

We were offered one at what we considered a reasonable price, but it did need some body work; but the inside was "MINT" - my son was still up here living in this area - and hubby wanted to buy it as a project for the two of them - I refused saying my son would never get into it with him - I'd rather be Sailing It had low mileage, we knew the owner personally; we even did the maintenance on the vehicle - what a shame we walked away from the deal - oh well - can't have all the toys all of the time. But we have kept some awesome speakers from back then, that we won't part with, no how, no way for a home stereo; we value those. Yep, from the early 80's. Right now the system is hooked up to ceiling speakers for surround sound; but we will never get rid of the original speakers that came with the system Crazy

Heck I have a '98 Lincoln Town-car with exactly the right color interior with over 260k miles on it; and we will have any body work done it's needs and/or seats redone if needed before we will ever let this vehicle go. What they make now cannot compare Nono2

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Absolutely! Especially the ones where I'm attempting to pose and look cool like Charlies Angels.

Edit: But with a cape!

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Duct tape. Imagine the world as it would be where it is for some reason in short supply!
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We were offered one at what we considered a reasonable price, but it did need some body work; but the inside was "MINT" - my son was still up here living in this area - and hubby wanted to buy it as a project for the two of them - I refused saying my son would never get into it with him - I'd rather be Sailing It had low mileage, we knew the owner personally; we even did the maintenance on the vehicle - what a shame we walked away from the deal - oh well - can't have all the toys all of the time.
Ouch, that stings.
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We were offered one at what we considered a reasonable price, but it did need some body work; but the inside was "MINT" - my son was still up here living in this area - and hubby wanted to buy it as a project for the two of them - I refused saying my son would never get into it with him - I'd rather be Sailing It had low mileage, we knew the owner personally; we even did the maintenance on the vehicle - what a shame we walked away from the deal - oh well - can't have all the toys all of the time.
Ouch, that stings.
Yeah another friend had one mint inside & out - garage kept - insured for well more than the usual amount for a vintage vehicle thankfully - as his GF took it out one day & totaled it - talk about someone wanting to hit the wall with his fist - that chick was no longer his GF - but he got paid very well from the insurance company - but that never replaced the vehicle
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Yeah another friend had one mint inside & out - garage kept - insured for well more than the usual amount for a vintage vehicle thankfully - as his GF took it out one day & totaled it - talk about someone wanting to hit the wall with his fist - that chick was no longer his GF - but he got paid very well from the insurance company - but that never replaced the vehicle
Yea if I ever wreck the SL I'll be sitting on a boatload of cash too, but it's not easy to find in great condition.
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Hubby and I talk about this all the time, the muscle cars of the 70's, and the cars of the 60's & 50's; there will be no such cars from this era that people will look back on and say Ohhhhhhh remember that car - because they are all made of plastic and are disposable - whereas the one's made prior were not - and will always remain "classics".
I have always agreed with this over the years as I worked on cars and watched them evolve into what they are today. In many ways it really sucked to come into driving age in the 80s when new cars were turning into the crappy little econo-boxes because of the fuel scares in the 70s and the trend towards increasing gas prices after that. On the other hand it wasn't a completely bad thing because at that age the cars I could afford to own and drive were the last of the big ol' boats with the huge engines and the seating capacity equal to a small football stadium.

But, to get back to the topic at hand, I think time will prove us wrong in our thinking that cars from today won't be viewed as "classics" and won't be valuable or collectible. What makes cars from a certain era are the people that lived through that era, not the quality or desirability of the cars themselves.

I will probably always laugh at the looks and pissed-off-bumblebee sound of the ricers of recent years. But you can bet that as the kids that grew up with and built these cars get older and settle in to life with more disposable income, they will start feeling nostalgic for the cars of their younger days. Since most of those cars will have long been recycled into tomorrow's soft drink cans and plastic water bottles, the ones that do survive will definitely have some value and be sought after.

And it won't be just the ricers. What will be the classic cars of the future? Who knows? From the 80s you could make the obvious choices like the previously mentioned Grand National, one of my favorites, the mid 80s Monte Carlo SS, the Iroc Z, and quite a few other popular models.

What are the long-shots? The ones that will be hugely popular in the future with customizers and restorers? My shot-in-the-dark pick? The early mini-vans. Laugh if you must, but the first generation Dodge Caravans are going to be some kick-ass custom vehicles in future car shows. And you can also throw in the early Chevy Astro vans as well because they are rear wheel drive and you can easily swap in a V-8 engine.

Any other wild picks for future classics out there?
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Duct tape. Imagine the world as it would be where it is for some reason in short supply!

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