The Renault 5 (L) and Citroen 2CV (R) have been picked as classic cars of the future
Experts say the 'old bangers' could not only be worth a fortune a years to come, but could rise in value faster than the average pension.
Research by organisers of the London Classic Car Show highlights ten ordinary cars quietly increasing in value.
They also identified vintage gems and so-called new classics that are worth investing in now.
At number one is the BMW E34 5 Series, built in the 1990s and available now for less than £5,000, but forecast to be worth £70,000 in the future.
Second is Citroen's 'ugly duckling' 2CV because of its quirky looks and easy maintenance.
Model made in the 1980s and 1990s such as Specials, Dollys and Charlestons can be worth up to £10,000 in good condition, but could be worth double that in years to come.
Third is the Ford Cortina mkIII, especially low mileage GTs and GXLs which could be worth £10,000 in the near future.
At four is the boy-racer favourite Ford Fiesta XR2, which low mileage models in good condition now fetching up to £15,000.
Experts say good privately-owned ones still appear websites like eBay and Gumtree for much less.
Fifth is the Jaguar XJ6 with early models now selling for £20,000 at dealers. Later models can be picked up for £5,000 but will increase in price.
Sixth is the Mini 1275 GT, cheaper than its Cooper cousins but set to rise in value in years to come.
In seventh place is the hot hatch Renault 5 GT Turbo can fetch £25,000 in good condition, but bargain buys still cop up.
At eight is the Rolls Royce Silver Cloud/Bentley S Series which can be bought for £50,000 but may be worth up to £200,000 in years to come.
VW's Camper is at nine with a mint-condition 1960 model recently selling for £157,000 in the US.
Cheaper examples are available and are bound to rise in value in future.
In tenth place is the VW Golf VR6, available for less than £5,000 now, but set to rocket in price in years to come.
Motoring expert Quentin Wilson said: “Some investors may be sitting on their hands while Brexit unravels but classic car enthusiasts seem brimming with confidence.
“The first old car auctions of 2018 have seen classic car fanciers out in force buying up over 80 per cent of the cars on offer. A combination of having fun, realising dreams and seeing classics as more rewarding than pensions and ISAs looks set to keep the old car market rolling through 2018.”
The London Classic Car Show takes place at ExCeL from February 15 to 18.