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The Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione (top, at the Goodwood Festival of Speed) has been voted the car most likely to become a future classic, in a survey of the UK’s top motoring media, run by Carsite.co.uk while the jury also reckoned new Fiat 500 (bottom) is set to follow in the footsteps of its predecessor.

The Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione has been voted the car most likely to become a future classic, in a survey of the UK’s top motoring media, carried out by Carsite.co.uk while the jury also reckoned that the new Fiat 500 is set to follow in the footsteps of its predecessor.

Revolutionary designs complete with timeless appeal, iconic in its generation, and with an ability to re-define a brand were all considered criteria. The survey featured more than thirty different cars sold in the UK from the last ten years, ranging from supercars to superminis.

The top ten featured a variety of luxurious and reasonably-priced models from the 253mph Bugatti Veyron to the new and retro-styled Fiat 500 - the original of which is also considered a classic by many. Limited to a run of just 400, the Enzo Ferrari already has the demand of a classic car. Originally sold for US$650,000, the model typically trades above US$1,000,000 at auction, an increase of more than 50 percent in value since it was launched in 2002. The UK's HM Revenue and Customs deem a car to be a classic if it is 20 years old and still retains a value of £15,000 or more.

Alfa Romeo’s stunning 8C Competizione, launched in 2007 and limited to just 500 models, took the top spot with over 30 percent of the votes. Echoing the styling of the original 1930s 8Cs, the stylish two-seater cost around £110,000 new and is powered by a 4.7-litre V8 petrol engine delivering 450bhp. Only 41 examples made it to UK shores. The 8C Spider - a convertible version of the Competizione launched in 2008 - was also limited to just 500 models. Recently, 8Cs have been seen for sale with price tags of upwards of £185,000.

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. 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.’

Established in 2005, Carsite.co.uk is a pioneering and award-winning online retailer of ex-fleet cars selling directly from major brands at wholesale prices. Carsite gets access to ex-lease vehicles which are bought in bulk at discount, so can be sold for less too.  These one-owner vehicles come with good service history as standard. Carsite’s overheads are low with no expensive showrooms and no salesmen on commission to ensure cost savings are passed directly to the customer. Each vehicle sold through the Carsite.co.uk is given a free HPI check and a fully independent RAC inspection from the RAC at Carsite’s dedicated handover centre in Bedfordshire. Carsite’s eBay division, ukautosite is the only ever winner of eBay motors seller of the year award since 1997.  The award was focused upon the high levels of customer support provided.

Carsite top ten "future classics"

1. Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione
2. Ford Focus RS
3. Bugatti Veyron
4. Fiat 500
5. Honda S2000
6. Nissan Skyline GTR
7. Enzo Ferrari
8. Audi TT Mk I
9. VW Scirocco Mk III
10. Tesla Roadster

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