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I often think about hoarding cars in warehouses. I think about this because I have nothing else to think about, lonely and scared, hurtling through space on this big blue planet we called Earth.

Anyway: warehouses. I personally have this sense that I can predict the future when it comes to which cars are going to go up in value someday, which is a sense that every single other car enthusiast also claims to have. And since we all know cars are more fun than stocks, wouldn't it be nice to invest in cars, rather than the stock market, and sell them off as needed once we reach retirement?

The problem, of course, is space: Nobody really has room to buy cars in the kind of bulk you'd need to make my little plan work. So we should get warehouses, and we should stock them with these five cars -- because they're all going to be worth huge money someday. Trust me. I can predict the future.

BMW M3 (E30)

BMW M3 (E30)

I know what you're thinking: E30 M3 values are already going up. Well, yes, this is what smart investors do: They see when something is rising in value, and then they buy before it has risen to its peak. And trust me when I say this thing is nowhere near the peak. You can still pick up one of these for $40,000 in pristine condition, which is an absolute bargain for the wide-fendered, big-winged, ultra-rare vehicle that kicked off the BMW "M" line -- arguably the best-known performance sub-brand in the world. Buy E30 M3s. Hoard them in your warehouse.

1996-1997 Dodge Viper GTS

1996-1997 Dodge Viper GTS

I know I own one of these, so you think I'm biased, but I really don't have any huge personal attachment to my Viper -- I just bought it because you told me to, and now I write columns about it and make videos with it. But every single time I get in this car, I can't help but notice just how cool it looks -- and how iconic it feels, with the blue paint and the white stripes. This is a modern car everyone will remember and cherish -- and it's currently at the absolute bottom of its depreciation curve. I can't believe I paid thirty-something-thousand for mine -- and I have no doubt I'll someday complain that I can't believe I sold it for thirty-something-thousand, too.

Ferrari 308/328

Ferrari 308/328

Anyone who keeps track of the used Ferrari market will become annoyed right about now, because these cars have already started to edge up in value -- with nice 328s going from $75,000 a few years ago to $100,000-plus today. But there's still a lot of climbing left to do, particularly for the 308, which I've always felt looks more raw and exotic. This one is simple: Old Ferraris always go up in value. It has never not been true. And while these may not reach 250 GTO levels -- or even 250 GT 2+2 levels -- they will, someday, be worth a lot more than they are right now.

Nissan Skyline GT-R

Nissan Skyline GT-R

I cannot believe the R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R is a $20,000-$25,000 car. In the days when a nice E30 M3 sells for $40,000, and some NSXs are bringing $100,000-plus, the Skyline GT-R should be right up there -- as it's arguably more iconic, more sought-after, and certainly rarer in the United States. Someday, well-kept R32 Skyline GT-Rs will fetch six figures at auction -- and R34 GT-Rs, not yet legal, will bring even more. Hoard them. You'll thank me later.

Toyota Land Cruiser (FJ60)

Toyota Land Cruiser (FJ60)

I've written in the past about how SUV values are shooting up. The FJ40 Land Cruiser, made through 1983, has already jumped in value, with some examples selling for over $100,000 -- and now it's the FJ60's turn. Still seen as an ultra-cool, pure Land Cruiser with a 6-speed manual transmission, the FJ60 might be the most "Land Cruiser" of the Land Cruiser models imported to the U.S. -- as it isn't yet a luxury vehicle, like later ones, and yet it still retains a unique design, unlike the Jeep-ish FJ40. You can get a nice FJ60 right now for $15,000. Three years from now, that won't be possible.

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