San Jose Steve· Registered
Far, far, far into the future. Just my opinion, but I doubt this car will become collectable in the foreseeable future simply because of current parts scarcity. Owners (and insurance companies) are totaling these cars after what would normally be repairable damage due to a lack of available parts.Keep in mind folks that the less they make, the smaller the community, the higher the value far into the future.
I believe cars are like wine. I drink wine that I like, not what other people tell me I should be drinking. Same with cars; if you like it and enjoy it, who cares what others say. I love my 124 it’s by far the most enjoyable car I have ever owned in the last 40 years. So I could give a rat’s a$$ about what some two bit internet journalist has to say.
I have to laugh at how easily I can run away from most of what passes for cars these days. As long as it's not a straight-line behemoth, like a Challenger or a 'vette, or a Camaro, I can leave them far behind w/o trying hard. And those big V-8s can be had on the twisties...just sayin'Now, I have never driven a Miata, with that “smooth and progressive“ power delivery from its non turbo 2 liter that everyone seems to love. But I do know that our little 1.4 will get you up and over Vail pass on I-70 in the fast lane, no problem. And doing it in a higher gear at a decent rpm, not screaming in third or fourth doing 5k plus.
So... I used to drive a pretty awesome old 500 ("air cooled" old). I had two 126s as parts cars for it and was very active in the local clubs which gave all kinds of advice and help on fixing things and on tracking down parts. I suppose... That probably worked better because FIAT made 4 million of them and continued making the 126 (5 million of those) until 2000.Go ahead and lock a pristine example away in storage as an investment. But do it now, because if you have a wreck, getting it back to pristine will be more than the car is currently worth. Maybe your great grandchildren will thank you. I'm just going to drive and enjoy mine until the wheels fall off.