The classic car market –– like any other market –– fluctuates and changes over time. Cars may go in and out of fashion depending on a number of factors. This means at any given time, some great classic cars may be underrated or overlooked by collectors. However, there are some classic cars that are so popular and famous that they are (almost) guaranteed to never go out of style. Here, we’ll take a look at a few of the most iconic classic cars and provide some tips for owning one of these vehicles.
What Makes a Classic Car Iconic?
While beauty is in the eye of the beholder, some classic cars have undoubtedly made a bigger impact than others. Truly iconic classic cars are not only popular -– they also often influence the way people perceive cars. This might be because of an association with a famous person; such is the case with the Shelby Cobra. Or it might be because of an appearance in a TV show or movie, like the 1969 Dodge Charger in The Dukes of Hazzard or the 1977 Firebird Trans Am in Smokey and the Bandit. The point is that iconic classic cars transcend space and time. They’re instantly recognizable and there will always be a market for them.
What are the Most Iconic Classic Cars?
Of course, popularity plays a huge role in determining what is and is not an iconic classic car. A few years ago, classiccars.com conducted a survey that tracked the most searched-for classic cars on their site. According to their poll, the five most “popular” classic cars of all time are:
- 1969 Dodge Charger.
- 1967 Ford Mustang.
- 1969 Chevrolet Camaro.
- 1965 Ford Mustang.
- 1965 Ford Mustang Shelby Cobra.
These results are not particularly surprising. Chargers, Mustangs, Cobras, and Camaros are incredibly popular cars that played a big role in the development of muscle cars in the US. It’s worth keeping in mind that other sites have tracked different metrics, such as classic car sales, and found different results. For instance, classiccarnews.com noted that the 1968-1970 Plymouth Road Runner was one of the most bought and sold classic cars, even though it is less well-known than, say, a 1967 Ford Mustang.
Tips for Investing in Iconic Classic Cars
The good news for collectors is that iconic classic cars are typically solid investments. Great muscle cars from the 1960s and 1970s are unlikely to plummet in value. It’s also important to remember that certain cars like the Mustang and Camaro are so popular and well-known in part because manufacturers have built hundreds –– if not thousands –– of variations over the years. So if you really want a Ford Mustang, but can’t afford the ‘67 version, you may be able to find a more affordable model from a different year. Lastly, iconic classic cars may be easier to repair and restore, since parts should be fairly accessible, and most classic car professionals have experience working with Chargers, Cobras, Chevelles, etc. Whether you’re a new collector or a long-time enthusiast, though, ionic classic cars have something to offer everyone.
Contact the Pros
At Precision Restorations, we love classic cars as much as our customers do. We provide a number of restoration services, and we’re happy to work with a wide variety of makes and models. If you’re in the market for a classic car restoration, then contact us or call us toll-free at 1-844-701-6396. Or you can email me directly at [email protected].