Hagerty Insurance, the classic car insurance firm, placed the Regal GS on its "2012 Hot List" for mass-market vehicles with a suggested retail price below $100,000. The company thinks the Regal GS will be a future collectible. This is fair warning: don't sell your 2012 Regal in a few years - hold on to it!

It was recently photographed at the General Motors Heritage Center, in front of current collectible Buicks including (l to r) a 1963 Riviera, a 1970 GSX, and a 1987 GNX. Each of the vehicles are part of the GM's fleet of 450 of the most significantly designed, engineered, and manufactured vehicles from the company's history.

"The Regal GS is a unique and thrilling vehicle for the Buick brand," said General Motors North America President Mark Reuss. "As someone who drove a classic Skylark to prom and owned other incredible Buicks like an '87 GNX, I can say it deserves to be viewed among the best Buick has built."

As a projected future classic, the Regal GS will join memorable Buicks that have proved their collectability. Following the announcement of the 2012 Hot List, Hagerty experts collaborated with Buick to list the Top 10 most-collectible Buicks, some of which hold values of well over $100,000:

  • 2012 Buick Regal GS
  • 1932 Model 90 Sport Phaeton
  • 1937 66C Century Convertible Coupe
  • 1940 Super Model 59 Woody Estate Wagon
  • 1947 Roadmaster Woody Wagon
  • 1949 Roadmaster Convertible
  • 1953 Skylark
  • 1963 Riviera
  • 1970 GSX Stage 1 Hardtop Coupe
  • 1987 GNX

"In order to be included on the annual Hagerty Hot List, the vehicle must be geared toward the driving enthusiast beyond just being a form of transportation," Hagerty said in its press release. "Like the other Buick classics listed here, the 2012 Regal GS will be remembered more than most of its peers for many years down the road."

Photo credit: (John F. Martin for Buick)