The past year yielded some astonishing new metal, and a number of truly outstanding models which, for various reasons, will only ever be sold in small numbers.
This perfect storm means that these models are destined for future classic status. Here's where some of the Autocar team would put their cash...
Jaguar XFR-S, Steve Sutcliffe
It wasn’t the best sporting saloon or even the best Jaguar that we drove in 2013, but there’s something about the bespoilered, bewinged XFR-S that guarantees it classic car status in years to come. For starters, it’s a rare beast, even today, with little more than 100 examples being made in right-hand drive.
But it also has that left-field appeal to its design and engineering that, 20 years down the line, will heighten its appeal and make the likes of us remember it with rose-tinted spectacles.
Not that you need to make any excuses for how good it is in the here and now. With a supercharged 5.0-litre V8 that thumps out 542bhp via the same excellent eight-speed paddle-shift auto trailblazed by the new F-type, the XFR-S is outrageously fast in its own right. And even if its chassis does seem a touch uncouth compared with what we’ve come to expect from a Jaguar over the years, in future that won’t matter one iota.
Indeed, the fastest XF will probably be remembered as the Jaguar that was deliciously stiff, the one that felt like a true hot rod.
And, of course, you will always have to have one in bright blue, just like the cars they gave the press for those very first series of evaluations. At the time, they looked garish. But in 20 years, French Racing Blue will be the only colour to have. And the optional rear wing will be equally de rigueur, too.