Classic cars fascinate pretty much everyone. That’s why you find so many classic car shows hosted all around the U.S. It is a popular summer time activity, although many car shows pop up every weekend morning all year round. In every car show, you are likely to find these.
The 1966-1978 Dodge Charger
According to Forbes, the Charger is the top most searched collector car in the U.S. It ranked first in 13 states of the Nation as the most popular classic car. It was first introduced to the public in 1966, although it wasn’t promoted as a muscle car like today. Instead it was set to be a “personal luxury” car. Dodge had success with their new model, but it wasn’t until 1969 when the television show The Dukes of Hazzard featured an orange 1969 Dodge Charger named “General Lee” that consumer interest increased. In 1978, the last of the B-Body types were manufactured and sold. Today these models have an average value of $24,000 although prices vary in auctions, condition of car, and other factors.
The Ford Mustang
Ford introduced the Mustang in 1964. This was just 4 months before the start of 1965, and the production of 1965 models. This led to the name of 64 and 65 model or 64 1/2 model. Due to the pricing, the consumer demand for Mustangs rose quickly. After 1969, Ford shifted their priority of the Mustang to more power and speed. These powerful muscle cars continued with improvements every year. The Ford Mustang is one of the only brands that produces a new model every year for the past 50 years. Forbes states that in California the most popular model is that of 1967. The average price for these starts at $30,000.
The 1953-1967 Chevy Corvette
The first 2 generations of the corvette run from 1953 to 1967. Chevy introduced the Corvette in 1953 as a convertible car produced only in Polo White. The following years, Chevy added different colors based on demand, but were not very successful with sales. This changed when the second generation was introduced. In 1963 the Sting Ray Coupe was produced and was much smaller. After its appearance in the early 1960’s television show Route 66, the Corvette was associated with freedom and adventure. This led it to be the most popular sports car in the U.S. The average price for one of these classics is over $100,000.
The Chevy Camaro
Chevy first introduced the Camaro in 1966. Originally thought to be named Panther, the company decided against it to keep all of their car models names’ beginning with C. It was introduced as a “sporty” car with the intent to outsell the leading sports car at the time: The Mustang. From 1970 to 1971, the second generation of the Camaro was produced. It was changed in size mostly, now becoming a larger car. It is commonly recognized and popularized by taking on the character of Bumblebee in the Transformers Saga. Today, it continues to be one of the American favorites. On average, a classic Camaro starts at $50,000.
The Pontiac Firebird
The Firebird was produced by Pontiac from 1967 to 2002. The first generation of this model runs from 1967 to 1969 as a top competitor of the Mustang and Camaro. Firebirds were popular in the 1960s and 1970s for appearing in the Trans-Am series. The styling of this vehicle was a success in the market. People believe that it is a fun-to drive car aside from its stylish looks. Today on average, a classic Firebird starts at about $30,000 for the convertible model and can go up to nearly $80,000 for a hardtop version.