10 Classic Cars Americans Love the Most
Corvette and Mustang lead the pack of Classic American Cars
Updated January 18, 2018
What classic cars do Americans love? The question is a sound one and we have an answer. Actually, we have ten answers as Hemmings, a classic car authority, compiled a list of classic cars Americans love the most. Apparently, Hemmings analyzed all classified ads they had since 2010 and the results are in.
Yes, the Corvette. It is America’s most beloved classic car. Surprised? Well, don’t be. After all, in an adventure called the Corvette history, GM crafted a variety of different versions definitely picking the brain of all drivers.
- Superfast ones? Check (Z06, ZR1)
- Beautiful ones? Check (I think it is the 1963 Corvette Stingray Split Window Coupe but you don’t have to take my word for it)
- Advanced ones? Check (well, C6 and C7)
The Corvette is one of only a handful of sports cars that survived for several generations and for more than six decades. That said, Hemmings found that the Chevrolet Corvette was the most sought-after classic car in 40 states.
This one isn’t much of a surprise either. In production since March 1964, the Ford Mustang successfully lived through six generations to date. The car revitalized the American dream, enticed the development and production of some of the best muscle cars America has ever seen and became a household name synonymous with muscle cars. As Hemmings reported, high survival rate made the Ford Mustang an awesome car for early car collectors. No wonder it became the classic car to have in six states.
While it does look rather unremarkable, the MG TD is one of the most important cars that ever set its wheels on American soil. Becoming popular with American soldiers in Europe after WW2, who then imported them back to the US, the MG TD was the first proper sports car which popularized sports car craze in our country. Sure, there aren’t many of them on the streets right now, but it seems that everyone wants one. Hemmings reported that this classic car is the most popular in Wyoming. Arguably, this was the car inspiring American engineers and business moguls to develop and produce cars such as the Mustang and the Corvette. Although the Corvette and the Mustang are properly fast, the MG TD, produced from 1936 to 1955 in four or five different versions, wasn’t. Actually, with 50-something hp engines, the Midget needed more than 20 seconds to reach 60 mph.
As some of the older Ford Thunderbirds are rather rationally valued and straight cheap, this car has been known to be a perfect classic car for all the gearheads of today. However, the first generation is where the gold is. With just over 53,000 units produced, classic retro styling and fifties luxury amenities inside, the 1955-1957 Ford Thunderbird proved to be quite a looker.
Some even say that the Ford Thunderbird was the one to start all that luxury car era. Interestingly enough, the T-bird had the same wheelbase as the Corvette of the time although Ford noted it was not a sports car, but a luxury personal vehicle.
This one is arguably the most important Chevrolet model of all time. More or less, it launched the Chevrolet name into the stardom of coolness. With a comprehensive lineup of cars and a Bel-Air sitting at the top of it all, it was only logical for it to introduce new tech to the market. In this case, the Bel-Air brought in the famed, indestructible Small Block Chevy V8.
Hemmings did comprehensive research regarding the model and the results are quite curious. The Bel-Air proved to be the most sought-after classic car in Alabama. Today, the “Tri-Five” models produced from 1955 to 1957 are the most valuable with prices of more than $100,000.
Although highly praised, the Porsche 911 is not among the top five classic cars Americans love. It is sixth. Lately, the cars – especially earlier editions – skyrocketed in value. For the last five years or so, the value of pre-nineties models tripled. As Hemmings analyzed, only a decade ago one could find a classic pre-1989 Porsche 911 in a not-so-perfect condition in the $10,000 range. Now, even the most fatigued models are selling for $30,000+.
The car is still in high demand in Washington and in California. Of course, only if we factor out the Corvette and the Ford Mustang from the equation.
Ford Model A
Although produced for just over four years, Ford production lines churned out 4,858,644 units of the Model A. As a major improvement over the Model T, the Ford Model A took mass-production to next level integrating brakes at all four wheels, some rudimentary safety systems and an engine making the car powerful enough to reach 65 mph.
As it turns out, the Ford Model A is very much in high regard with classic car lovers. Hemmings did report the Ford Model A is one of the classic car stars in Oregon, Nevada, and New England.
Pontiac Trans Am
The Pontiac Trans Am is definitely one of the most iconic American cars of all time. In production from 1969 to 2002, the Trans Am shaped a whole class of sports car lovers which had had enough with all that muscle car craze and Corvettes. Sure, the Trans Am was a muscle car on its own, but not in the same terms as the Charger, the Camaro, or even the Mustang were. Obviously, the plan worked, as the car is now considered amongst the classic cars Americans love. Interestingly enough, Hemmings report the Pontiac Trans Am is most popular in Washington DC.
The Ford Mustang may be second on this list, but the Camaro seems to be an icon of the same competence. This iconic muscle car definitely influenced car culture in the US as only a handful of other cars. Now, it is a part of the Hemmings list of classic cars Americans love. As it turns out, the Camaro is a favorite muscle car in eight states.
Finally! An SUV. Ok, not exactly an SUV but the first gen Ford Bronco – a serious off-roader with rather appealing looks. Previously, we did publish a list of classic cars millennials and Generation X drivers value the most. Trucks and SUVs dominated. On this list, however, only the Ford Bronco managed to hop in. This car managed to be the favorite in one state – Colorado. The new 2020 Ford Bronco I wrote a lot about here, here and here could be a proper replacement.