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The likelihood is that it will always be a desirable little car, as to it being a collectors item, not so sure.
But who knows? Who would have thought that (for example) the MK2 Escort, a car that was crap even when it came out in the 1970's, would have buyers fighting over it at auctions today, and paying £20,000+ for the best examples.

£21,000 for an Escort van, truly a classic among classics

 

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I can see it becoming a Lupo GTI - hard to find, usually well looked after, and the price of a used up! at nearly 20 years old.
 

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Yes, but the mere existence of the Up will knock the Lupo into a cocked hat. Rarity is one thing, but desirability and rarity is another, and that will apply more so to Up!s.....

I had two Escorts in a row when young, as company cars, both with the terrible and rough CVH engines, and both blew up. Can't see why people like them. Must be misplaced nostalgia! The Up! on the other hand......
 

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I had two Escorts in a row when young, as company cars, both with the terrible and rough CVH engines, and both blew up. Can't see why people like them.
I'd imagine the Escort is famed for its rally performance and therefore just to have an Escort would do in these days maybe? Limited knowledge on me of course but I can see the sense in it
 

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Yes, those Escorts (RWD) are rightly prized. I quite like them, but the ones I had were FWD with CVH engines - it was Ford's first "billion dollar new car" development. I could have done better with some mates in my shed for half that money!
 

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I went through all the Mk1 Escorts in the 70's, 1300 GT, several Mexico's, 2 Escort Twincam's, three or four RS2000's, all were great in their time, I rallied them all, most of which were my road car too. Then someone put me onto Vauxhall & Opel, which were stronger, better handling, and much easier and cheaper to prepare for road rallying.
Never had another Escort after that, but must confess I have a hankering now for another Escort Twincam, Firenza 2300, Kadett GTE, or Chevette HS....
 

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Yes, those Escorts (RWD) are rightly prized. I quite like them, but the ones I had were FWD with CVH engines - it was Ford's first "billion dollar new car" development. I could have done better with some mates in my shed for half that money!
It's the same concept as saying in the future, "oh the Golf R was amazing" and then buying a classic Golf Match!
 

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Is the VWUp gti going to be a collector's item ?
I doubt it. It will take a long time IF it happens and even then it probably won't be any more collectable in that time than any other ICE vehicle as presumably we will all be driving electric cars at that point. More likely to gain collectable status will be cars with larger displacement NA engines as already these are pretty rare. The tiny displacement turbos of the world still have a long time left to serve us before electrification overtakes entirely.

I get that most of the responses on here will be in favour of the collectable point of view but then this is the Up GTI forum so probably not entirely objective. Don't get me wrong it's a great car and I love mine, but I don't think it's got the kind of appeal it needs to make it to collectors piece outside of 1 or 2 examples in a VW museum.
 

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lt's a cheap fun car to drive and enjoy today, and not worry too much about how much it will be worth in twenty years
 

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If I could go back, I should have kept my Opal Manta GT/E, Diamond White, Recaro's, brilliant and as rare as Hens Teeth now ! 😢🤦‍♂️👌❤
 

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l had a red Manta GTE hatchback, B828 YMA
Loved it, great car in its day. Few left now, all rusted to death.
 

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I'll have shagged mine to death before it goes up in value.

Same with my Elise, I have had too much fun putting miles on the thing to worry about its worth.

The reality is you really have to keep the miles off cars if you are pitching for a good high future value, which takes away the fun of owning them.
 

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Glad you are enjoying the car.
lt will be interesting to see how it holds up under the high mileage and enthusiastic driving yours is getting.

l would be willing to bet it will sail past 100,000 with no issues over routine maintenance.

Cars like to be used, short journeys and irregular use do the most harm.
 

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Its much loved already, I am currently sat across the front seats "working" whilst my daughter is swimming - which involves a good 10 mile cross country blatt.

Mine will be one of the best used in the country no doubt - and consistently driven properly. I had a mega drive in it last thursday night up the B6399 Newcastleton to Hawick. Such a great car for that kind of road. And the new Nightbrakers are earning their keep.

Was thinking about the NC500 this weekend as my mrs is away but down to Kielder tomorrow with my mum in her camper van then home Sunday am and a quick vehicle switch as the Gti is back on duty chasing waves surfing the east coast.. Then Cheshire (maybe via north yorks for more waves) on wed cross country then home again via more great roads.

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Cars like to be used, short journeys and irregular use do the most harm
Well, yeah, but rotating parts tend to wear at a rate dependent the average torque going through them! Or peak shock. Gentle driving is best for longevity, and short trips are no big issue in an up/citigo/mii they are kind of designed for it - mine is up to 90C water temp in 1/2 mile (OK, it is Cornwall!). Probably not good to stay at low rpm all the time though, but that's where the A30 helps!

Mind you a lot of us will be *dead/broke/unemployed/divorced/gone loopy before our cars get too worn out, so have fun in the meantime....

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