|America's Most Wanted Classic Cars for 2001!
The Top 10 Most Desired in America.
Over the past year we once again kept track of exactly which types of
Classic, Exotic and Specialty vehicles visitors to www.BuyClassicCars.com
have been looking for. We combined that with classics purchased through Buyer
Services International as well as Pre-purchase inspections that were carried
out on Classic cars by Automobile
Using this as a basis, we added further information from dealers, brokers,
private sellers, and auctions houses on vehicles that actually sold to compile
the second annual 'Top 10 lists' of Americas Most Wanted Classic, exotic and
specialty cars for the year 2001. The final outcome although not too different
from the previous year still bore a few surprises - take a look.
|1) Ford Mustang
For the second year running Mustangs built between 1964-1970 topped the
list. They were all popular, but the one everyone would like to get their
hands on is the 1967 Shelby GT-500, and who says we aren't influenced by
|2) Chevrolet Camaro
1967-69 were the big years sought after here, but what we found
interesting was that it was the coupes that were in greater demand than
the convertibles in 2001.
|3) Chevrolet Chevelle
1970 coupe was the one folks yearned for and if it was an SS all the
|4) Chevrolet Impala
Wow where these hot! Pick any convertible Impala from the sixties and If
you were one of those lucky enough to to make a deal that put it in your
garage - you can chalk 2001 as a good year for you!
Yes Cadillac! I told you last year that interest in the 'Pimpmobiles' was
on the rise, and this year bore out my prediction. People seemed to be
interested in almost all years of Cadillac from the forties through the
seventies, just as long as the top went down - Still the strongest appeal
was from the mid-late fifties.
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|1) Jaguar XKE
Last year these were pipped from the post by the Porsche 356, but in 2001
they fought back. These cars do have incredible resilience to changing
economies - they represent as solid an investment as one can hope for when
buying a classic car to use and enjoy. The most wanted year in the 1967
Roadster with it's Series one looks and 4.2L engine. Still the earlier
3.8L cars were in demand as to a less degree were the V-12 SIII models.
One thing we found interesting was the increase in interest in the early
coupes, our advice is if a coupe takes your fancy, grab a good one while
they still can be had for less than twenty grand.
|2) Porsche 911
In 2000 911's didn't even make the top 10, but 2001 saw the 911's
resurgence in the market. Most people were looking for the earliest
examples (1965-74) however interest was seen across a wide range of years
even as far as the mid eighties, though it was predominantly for coupes.
I'm sure that renewed interest in the 911 was due in no small part to over
inflated prices of the 356 putting that model out of many peoples reach.
|3) Austin-Healey 3000 BJ8
This car topped the list two years ago but prices have begun to settle
down a bit. Only the very best examples can command prices in the mid
$30,000 region. Most excellent samples are trading for mid to upper
|4) Jaguar XK 120
Of course the XK has never really dropped from favor, but was does seem to
change from year to year is the appeal of one year over another. The XK140
DHC was all the rage about 6 years ago, the it was the XK140 Roadster,
then the XK150 'S' were the hot ticket, and this year it seems to be the
turn of the XK120. For my money, I'll take any one of them in my driveway,
they are all gorgeous cars whichever way you slice 'em!
|5) Triumph TR6
You know if ever the opportunity presents itself and you get a chance to
drive the European 150 BHP fuel injected TR5, don't pass it up, because
you would be turning down one of the greatest British 'sporting' drives
there was (Pardon the bigotry ladies, but) it's a mans sports car - can
you really picture cars like an Aston Martin, Jensen Interceptors or a big
old Bentley 6 being driven by a women? Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying
they aren't capable, of course the are (he says back-peddling with grace)
it's just there are some sports cars that were built with men in mind. Any
way my point is, I think the TR6 falls into that genre. Plenty of power,
solid handling, in short a no frills British sports car. I guess some
folks must agree because the interest in these cars was strong in 2001.
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