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Which classic cars are the most popular ones in the U.S.?

Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear fame would once go on to say that “People like you and I know….you can develop a relationship with a car, that’s what non-car people don’t get.” Of course, Clarkson is an immortal now in the Motoring Journalism world. However, what he tries to say in this context is hardly restrained to a single individual empathetic emphasis but instead is a hallmark of what it means to be a motoring enthusiast.

Like all enthusiasts from all kinds of fields, motoring enthusiasts will spend inordinate amounts of monetary and physical-mental effort to sustain their pursuit of speed. Classic cars today are a classification of vehicles that has conceptualized to the current form through which today’s generation knows them, mainly because of the motoring enthusiast’s refusal to keep forms of mechanical aesthetics, unique to a particular historical period and context, relevant regardless of what the burgeoning trends in the mass market dictate.

Classic cars- Highest Sales and Classic features

A classic car is any old car twenty-five years or older, with features that make them collectible and suitable for restoration instead of being scrapped. Historical interest may refer to a specific car being produced only in a particular model year or model era. For example, the original Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray C2 from 1963, or the AC Shelby Cobra, sold between 1962 to 1967.

On the other hand, another determining factor is the number of vehicles produced by a specific model. For example, the GMC Syclone, made only from 1991 to 1992, and a total of 2998 Syclones were manufactured, making it an extremely desirable collectors car. Or if one had to look a bit more into the past, then the 1969 Ford Torino Talladega, which was making upwards of three hundred horsepower in ’69 and was only manufactured up to a little more than 700 units.

Of course, pioneering mechanical abilities, like the Torino Talladega discussed above, are also factors that make a car able to represent certain industrial moods and consumer tastes, making it an icon of its time. The most potent or best-handling cars of a particular class are prone to becoming classics and collectibles in the future—case in point, the Toyota GR Yaris, which can be undoubtedly held as a future classic.

No matter which classic car you own, it is crucial to get it insured. A car insurance policy offers you financial coverage for any internal or external damage to your car, saving you from spending a lump sum amount on its repairs from your own pocket.

Classic Cars- Suburban VS Urban

Almost every city in America conducts a classic car show at least once a year, especially during summers. These car shows are typically a conglomeration of car enthusiasts who put their vintage cars up on display for public appreciation. There is a demographic marker to which classic cars are popular in which location.

Cars taking the stage at shows in modest suburbs may be rife with old Mustangs, Camaros, and the likes, while the ones held in affluent areas may have a higher ratio of European sports cars. Therefore, in the hunt for America’s most popular classic cars, one must approach the question in an inquiry that looks into every state’s different tastes and preferences.

Muscle cars rule the roost in the classic collectible car hunt in the U.S. for a good reason. The Dodge Charger and its various model years can be regarded as the most searched collectible car in the nation. The Charger ranks first in thirteen U.S. States as the most popular and sought-after classic, followed by the Ford Mustang, the Chevrolet Corvette, Chevy Camaro, and the Pontiac Firebird.

Popular car models in various American countries

In a list dominated by Detroit iron, the lone European car to be favored by a given state is the tiny British MGB roadster, Nebraska’s preferred vintage ride. Few other less conventional models include the Chevrolet El Camino in Illinois and South Dakota, Ford Custom in Connecticut and Ford Fairlane in Oklahoma, and the 1935 Ford Pickup in Idaho. Alabama prefers the 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, while Californians like it the Mustang way. Arizona, Louisiana, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Montana, New Mexico, and Oregon are also deep-rooted Mustang enthusiast hubs.

On the other hand, Pennsylvania prefers the 1967 Chevrolet Nova, Tennessee likes the ’65 Chevy Impala, and Utah is a one-off, most preferring the 1923 Ford T Bucket. Washington, Rhode Island, North Dakota, Hawaii, and Alaska are all Chevy Corvette fan base champions. At the same time, New York, New Jersey, Texas, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, and Missouri are only prominently interested in the Dodge Charger.

Wrapping up

However, given the Charger’s presence as the preferred classic car of choice in 13 out of 50 American states, it easily crowns it the king of the classic car market in the United States. Of course, all of the old guards of American Muscle are very prominent on this list too, and the Mustang, Corvette, and Camaro closely follow the Charger.

But one should not limit themselves to monolithic lists of top tens and what not. The car community has always exhibited their ability to construct, restore or resto-mod cars in ways that haven’t been thought of before and a classic is not considered a classic only because of set terms, but because of a variety of circumstances.

The mandate of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards stated motor vehicles once 25 years older do not need to comply with federal safety standards. This has resulted in the inflow of Japanese Domestic Market products like Nissan Skylines and Mazda Rx7s, which are flooding the custom performance scene in the U.S. Thus, it is evident that what people consider as classic changes with time and the flow of History. 50 years down the line, the mundane of today can be the classic of tomorrow.

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