Over 30 different cars from the last decade were judged on their design, timeless appeal and ability to redefine a brand in the survey by Carsite.co.uk.
The overall winner, with 30 per cent of the voted, was Alfa’s 8C Competizione, the two-seat version of the convertible 8C Spider.
It was awarded first place because of its rarity – only 500 models were produced – and its 1930’s styling based on the original 8C. The powerful 4.7-litre V8 petrol engine delivering 450bhp is also expected to be remembered fondly by future generations.
Alistair Jeff from Carsite.co.uk commented, ‘Britain has a love affair with the ‘classic car.’ Stories of vintage Bugattis discovered in barns, James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 going to auction or Chris Evans spending £12m on a Ferrari really captures the public interest."
However, it wasn’t just supercars cars and limited editions which could be future classics, according to the judges. The Ford Focus RS finished second in the survey, ahead of the Bugatti Veyron.
The Ford Focus RS, which has spawned a special RS 500 limited edition, is widely regarded as one of the best hot-hatches available today and residual values are extremely high, says Carsite.co.uk.
Finishing fourth behind the £1 million Veyron was the budget Fiat 500 MKII. The retro-styled city car is expected to follow in the tyre-treads of the first generation model and become a future classic.
Jeff continued: "Carsite wanted to find out which cars produced over the past decade could have a similar effect in the future.
"There have been so many distinctive models introduced recently, it will be interesting to see which ones retain their appeal and become highly sought after."