Owning classic antique cars can be a dream come true for many people. These cars don’t come cheap, but the feeling you get when driving your very own classic car into the driveway cannot be beat. While there are many different classic cars to choose from, there are some that are more popular than others. Here are the five most popular classic cars along with some pricing information for each. Don’t forget that maintenance, storage and insurance can add significant yearly costs to owning a classic car.
Ford Mustang – The Ford Mustang is the most popular classic car out there. These cars are just plain beautiful. Available in coupe, convertibles and a fastback, there is bound to be a model that appeals to you. One of the original muscle cars, Mustangs are as fast as they are gorgeous. The most popular years tend to be 1965 to 1968 but there are models outside those years that make great collector cars. Mustangs are priced from $8,000 for a basic Coupe that needs a complete rebuild, up to $100,000 for a Shelby Fastback that is completely restored.
The Chevrolet Chevelle – While the 1968 is the most popular year for this vehicle, there are other years that are just as cool. These cars have huge engines that produce massive horsepower, which makes them very fast. When you buy a classic car like a Chevelle, be sure you have a proper place to store the vehicle. The Chevy Chevelle can range in price from $5,000 for a car that needs work to over $30,000 for a completely restored vehicle.
The VW Beetle – While not an American built car, these vehicles are extremely popular with car collectors. Even though they tend to be less expensive than other collector cars, a completely restored Beetle can be very pricey. These vehicles are also available in a convertible option. There are thousands of completely restored Beetles on the roads, but there are also quite a few project cars available. VWs range in price from a few thousand dollars for a project car up to $90,000 for a completely restored bug or van.
Chevy Camaro – Almost as lovely as the Mustang, the Camaro is a very popular muscle car. Like the Mustang, the Camaros of the late 1960s tend to be the most popular. These cars are fast and handle extremely well. Completely restored vehicles are widely available and can be fairly expensive. A Camaro can be as cheap as $8,000 for a project car, and as expensive as $75,000 for a restored vehicle.
The Chevrolet Impala – Another classic by Chevrolet. The Impala SS is the most popular model of this vehicle. 1962 is a hot year for Impalas, but there are plenty of other model years that are highly sought after. The Impala was available as a convertible, but plan to spend a bit more for one. Project cars can cost as little as $3,500, while a late 1950s Impala in restored condition can fetch up to $100,000.
All of these cars can be found for sale online by simply searching “buy a classic car,” or “muscle cars for sale.” Auto Trader Magazine puts out a classic cars edition as well.