The Mazda MX-5, Bugatti Veyron and Audi TT have been voted the top three cars most likely to be classic icons of the future.

According to a recent survey, 7% of classic vehicle owners predicted that the Mazda MX-5 was the vehicle most likely to be a classic icon in 50 years. This was followed by the Bugatti Veyron, the most expensive production car in the world, with 5% of respondents feeling that the car would be a classic of the future and the ubiquitous Audi TT, with 4% of classic car drivers, showed the research from classic car and insurance broker Footman James.

Respondents also thought that the beautiful Aston Martin DB9 and the fun Fiat 500 as well as sports cars, the Audi R8 and Lotus Elise and revered brand Jaguar's XKR, XF and XK models could also be classic icons in 50 years time, with each receiving 3% of the votes.

Andy Fairchild, Footman James' managing director, said: "2012 marks the 50th anniversary of many classic icons including: the Lotus Elan, MGB and Renault 5. It is fascinating to obtain an insight into what classic vehicle owners deem to be the classics of the future. With regards to which ones can claim iconic status in 50 years time – I guess we will just have to wait and see!"