The Future Collector Car Show (FCCS) presented a number of vehicles at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction 2023 that may be new to American V8 enthusiasts. Who wants to see a late Acura NSX or a Toyota GR86 with boy racer mods? Well, actually a lot, but that’s not the point of the show, it’s to showcase the many different vehicles that are of interest to fans right now and could possibly lead as a leading collection. Buy cheap, sell high? Then listen, Boomer!
It wasn’t that long ago that fans of V8 muscle were posting on social media: “The cars I love are the best! Can you name a Japanese car that is collectible?” ignoring classics like the Datsun 240Z and Toyota 2000GT, if not for the fact that the world of collectible cars extends beyond the borders of North America. Since the introduction of the “Fast and Furious” franchise and the realization of many unusual cars in video games, many young men and women have encountered vehicles that have never appeared on our shores, as well as cars that show what can be done with the judicious use of the aftermarket. FCCS is the show for those fans. Do you still feel old?
Since participation in the vehicle show at FCCS is by application only, entries have been compiled to reflect a variety of vehicles that represent the spirit of the collector car hobby today and in the future, preserved or converted. No, the FCCS wasn’t dominated by JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) vehicles, although the idea of seeing cars that weren’t originally available in the US market is pretty appealing. There were also some American classics for the purists, like a 1968 Firebird 400 convertible painted in Pink Mist, a spring color. Several VWs and other Euros were present, including a Ford Escort at one of the seller’s displays. But of course Japanese cars dominated the event, including 1990s Nissan Skyline GT-Rs and other right-hand drive curiosities from another country.
“Barrett-Jackson has long been a pioneer in the industry and supports its growth by creating family-friendly events for multiple generations to come together and enjoy the hobby,” said Craig Jackson, president and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “We are excited to bring the Future Collector Car Show to our iconic Scottsdale auction and continue to engage the next generation of enthusiasts for years to come.”
As in 2022, Barrett-Jackson’s FCCS also presented car culture mixed with the world of fashion, in the case of the latter, a competitive fashion show created by Luxe and City. The winning stylist, Lamark Cole, received a $1,000 cash prize and a free showcase at Arizona Fashion Week, which includes judging the collection of the year.
Look at the world in the last 10 years and a realignment has taken place and continues. Whether it’s macro like geopolitics or micro like the automotive hobby in North America, things are changing in ways we never imagined. While it’s true that post-war American vehicles still reign supreme, a number of other vehicles are gaining ground. How you accept what you cannot change determines whether you enjoy change.
See more show winners, including Best of Show, below.
Best Purpose Built Performance presented by Toyo Tires was won by Wes and Marissa Hanson in the 2010 Nissan GT-R (not shown).