Recently, I was looking back over some old posts from this web site. I was shocked at one that caught my eye. Back in 2009, Car Craft Magazine did a story predicting the future of car collecting. (Do you remember magazines? Some of our younger readers may not. Car Craft was a big deal back then.) Below is my response to their prediction. Today, that prediction seems as stupid as it did at that time. I have a slightly different perspective today. A few of these cars from the 1980’s may have a future as younger collectors move into the market. However, I am a big Corvette guy and I can’t imagine the C4 Corvette ever being a major player in the collector car world. What do you think of this list?
Here is the 2006 post:
The June 09 issue of Car Craft just hit my desk. As usual, I did my initial scan through the magazine, but the cover had me intrigued with what might be inside. Right under the Car Craft heading was the subtitle “Top 10 Affordable Project Cars”. This is everyone’s dream to know. What are the best deals on the cars we want to collect? I found the page and began to read. I was shocked.
Here is Car Crafts picks for the Top 10 Affordable Project Cars.
10. 1965 to 1972 Cadillacs
9. 1975 to 1979 X-Body GM cars (Nova, Omega, Ventura or Skylark)
8. 1978 to 1984 Fairmont and Zephyr
7. 1981 to 1986 Ford Granada and LTD II
6. 1983 to 1985 Mercury Marquis
5. 1983 to 1988 Thunderbird
4. 1978 to 1988 GM A- and G Bodies (Malibu, Monte Carlo, Cutlass etc.)
3. 1982 to 2004 S-10s and Blazers
2. Wrong Year Muscle Cars: 1974 and later Mustang, Camaro, El Camino etc.
1. C4 Corvette
Now, I have a few questions for all you gearheads out there. If you are going to do a Project car, don’t you want to take it to a cruise at your local Dairy Queen or one of the local shows? Most local shows and cruises have a 1972 cut off (but it isn’t always enforced).
If you are going to do a project car, you most likely are going to modify the motor. If it is post 1972 most areas want a smog test. How are you going to pass a smog test, legally?
If you agree with me that it costs as much to modify a 1967 vehicle as it does a post 1972 why not invest a few dollars more in the base vehicle and have what you want?
And finally, if you put a bunch of money into a project car and it comes time to sell it and move up; do you think you are going to get more of your investment of dollars and labor back out of a 1972 Cady, a 1988 Cutlas or a 1966 Mustang?
Nothing against any of the cars listed; I enjoy being different and driving what no one else does, but man, I will never invest time and money in a Fairmont or Zephyr!
Use the comment box below to tell me what you think. Are these really the Top Ten? What is your Top 10?