The big problem is that the MGF will have to compete against the MGB for classic status and all that goes with it, nice as the F and TF are, a B will always be more desirable - it will also have to be competing with the general financial position which may yet take several years to start recovering sadly - thanks bankers.
With respect, none of that matters.
We are deep into a recession right now of course, but does that mean that there are no classic cars? - of course not. The economy has no bearing on whether a car is viewed a classic or not, just its perceived worth.....
Nor does a car have to see of competition for it also to become a classic - just being either old or desirable does that.
The key word here being desirable, and that means lots of things to lots of different people (thankfully). My first ever car was a Mk1 Cavalier saloon (now theres an admission), so that makes that car desirable to me for old times sake, as I met my Wife when I had just bought that car.
Any car can be a classic, simply on the basis of that there is not many left on the roads either.
A Mk2 Jag will always be competing against the E type, and probably always be less desirable to the majority (maybe) but the Mk2 is still a classic car.
You dont have a classic car for its value - you have one because you love the shape, the history, the 'quirkness' or the memories that it brings back.....