Diamonds are Memorable

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This car is similar to that of the person I knew who owned one, except this is a right hand drive and has stock rims. This one was recently for sale by Bullet Motorsports. Diamante means diamond in Spanish/Italian/Portuguese.

Thinking back to my last blog about the Porsche 944 got me thinking of the car that I really wanted back in high school. I’ll never forget the first time I saw the most memorable diamond ever; a first-generation Mitsubishi Diamante. (Diamante means diamond) It was owned by a popular upperclassman who I never really spoke to. He never knew how cool I thought he was in that loaded, black Diamante with 5 spoke rims.

Back in 2005, BMW’s were out of my price range, and they still are. While I still couldn’t afford a Diamante, it was cheaper and gave me hope with looks similar to a BMW. Sedans have always been the vehicle that I believe suits me best, especially performance sedans. While the Diamante is not exactly a performer, it looks great and was quite luxurious for its time.

Currently, the interest in Diamantes is growing. I seem to be more than a decade ahead of my time in cars that are part of the in-crowd. I’m alright with that though. Eventually I might be able to buy a car before it gets popular. If my memory serves me correctly, the exact Diamante that the upperclassman had was for sale a few years after he graduated. I still wasn’t able to purchase it but I really am curious to know what happened to it. It is still one of the most memorable cars of all time to me.

Up and Coming

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Donut Media did a video about what cars they believe are worth buying now to potentially cash in later when the cars become popular and valuable. Here is a link to that video. I agree with their choices, but I have 3 cars that I believe will increase in value and become very popular in about 5 to 10 years.

The first is a Volvo C30. My first real acquaintance with one was when a friend purchased an awesome white one. Since then, I have always had a soft spot for them. There is a niche market out there for hot hatches and an even smaller niche for Swede vehicles. But, the C30 T5 was a turbo car that looked phenomenal and can be purchased now for significantly less than retail. Depreciation is wonderful. On a side note, there is a Matchbox diecast of the Volvo C30 that is starting to creep up in value for a yet to be known reason. I have always said that car popularity and values correspond with one another, diecast to real life and vice versa.

Car two is an out of left field car that I don’t think many people, including enthusiasts, talk about at all. That car is a Suzuki Kizashi. These compact sedans can come with all-wheel drive and manual transmissions. How much better can it get? They are not too terribly expensive. Someday, someone will make this car cool. Maybe it will be me, but if it’s not, I’m calling it right now that one day this car will be popular.

The third and last car might not be one to reach huge popularity, but it sure is a car that should get more recognition. That car is a Hyundai Equus. I could see it someday being a car to rival the Lexus LS in used luxury status statements. Even new, the car is not as expensive compared to the cars Hyundai is competing against. Depreciation greatly helps the price and in some of the cars, you can get a refrigerator! That is a prime luxury feature that my wife wants. This car tops her list as a car to get sooner rather than later.

Those three cars are vehicles I believe will increase in both popularity and value in the next 5 to 10 years. There are no SUVs on this list but I wanted to get these 3 cars out in the open before I create another list. I have had these 3 on my mind for a few years now. Stay tuned for more lists of quirky, probably forgotten, and unpopular rides I think will become garage queens in the future.

The 411 of the 944

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Being an automotive enthusiast, I know I should have some crazy obsession with Porsche, but I have never found them to be appealing. It is not that I dislike them, and no, I have not driven one. Their styling has never caught my eye and I tend to like things that everyone else doesn’t. Porsche doesn’t fit that mold. I have sat in a few. My 6’4″ height makes the ergonomics of the ones I’ve sat in less comfortable than a shorter person might find.

However, there is one Porsche that I have always had a fascination with ever since high school, and that was back in 2007. That Porsche is a 944. It has not always had the love and admiration as other models. The front-engine layout does not give it the performance capabilities that the most iconic Porsche cars have either. Those are exactly the qualities that drew me to it. That and the price, especially over 13 years ago. Although, I couldn’t afford one then and sadly, I can’t yet now either, even though I  wish I could. It would be a good investment and a great car, especially and entry Porsche, to drive.

Now, in 2020, the 944 is becoming a star. The prices are going up, the popularity is increasing, and it is finally becoming a Porsche that people appreciate. One of the coolest ways to acquire one at the moment without breaking the bank is by buying the new casting for 2020 by Hot Wheels. I currently have one in red, which is the launch color for the casting and a gold one is on the way. While it would be nice to own one in real life, I can at least be satisfied in this one for the time being.