Putting together a reliable classic car price guide is very difficult since there are so many different variables that will affect the value of these cars. Unlike newer cars, mileage doesn’t play much of a factor when determining pricing. Vehicle year, make and model, along with installed options packages, whether the options package(s) installed were factory or aftermarket have much more bearing on the price of a classic car than anything else.
Where to Look for Reliable Pricing
NADA, the National Automobile Dealers Association, has produced one of the most reliable muscle car price guides available. Since 2000, they have had an online presence. At the NADA website, you will find a very reliable classic car price guide which is updated quite regularly. On this website, you can enter a wide array of data variables, such as engine size/horsepower, year, make and model, options packages, etc. It’s important to remember that with classic cars, you may see an advertisement for something like a 1969 Chevy Camaro with the RS option package and find out when you go inspect it and do some research that the vehicle came from the factory as just a standard Camaro and the first or second owner installed the RS package themselves. This is an important fact to be made aware of, since an option package that wasn’t factory installed will be worth much less than one that was installed by the factory.
Prices for Common Classic Muscle Cars
Immediately below you will find a list of three of the most popular muscle cars from the 60’s and average values for them, according to NADA. These cars will be factory standards, with no special options packages.
1969 Chevy Camaro
The 1969 Chevy Camaro is one of the most popular muscle cars with collectors. Stylish looks and graceful lines have made this car one that many collectors feel they can’t do without. According to the NADA classic car price guide site, a 1969 Camaro with a factory 350 CID engine, factory four speed transmission and air conditioning is worth on the average $34,500, with a high retail value of almost $53,000.
1965 Ford Mustang
Ford introduced the world to the Pony Car era in mid 1964 (hence collectors calling it a 1964 ½) with the Mustang at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York on April 17th. Car buyers immediately started calling local dealerships and ordering one for themselves. By the end of the Fair, Ford dealers nationwide had placed over 2,200 orders. A standard 1965 Mustang with factory air, the 225 HP 289 engine and a four speed transmission, according to NADA has an average price of just under $31,000.
1966 Dodge Charger
The Charger is one of the most popular muscle cars produced by the Dodge subsidiary of Chrysler Motor Corporation. First year of production is officially listed as 1966; however there are a few Chargers out there that were actually 1965 models. However, these are so rare that there is no real pricing information for them. According to the NADA muscle car price guide, a 1966 Charger, with the 325 HP 383 engine, four speed transmission and factory air will have an average price of just under $24,000.
It’s important to keep in mind that prices will vary by region, even for identical cars in identical condition. The prices given were given using a Northwestern Kansas region as a pricing guide.