Name Your Favorite Classic Car
For auto enthusiasts, no one car (or truck) is everyone’s favorite. Your
choice may be based on the car brand your parents owned, or it may be your
first car, or it just may be that car that you've always fantasized about
owning. Whatever your reason, there's plenty of diversity in the classic car
market. Our love affair for classic cars has saved many of the vintage rides
from the crusher, resulting in the diversity of restored classics we see
Recently, a one-of-a-kind Mustang, the Super Snake, and the infamous Eleanor,
from the movie, "Gone in 60 Seconds," sold for $1.3 million and $1 million,
respectively. Obviously, these very unique classics are out of the reach of
most of us, but if money were no object, what car would you buy? Here are some
of the responses I received when posing that question.
1970 Hemi Superbird
Plymouth Superbird is always a crowd pleaser, with its drop nose and tall rear
wing. Find one with a Hemi, and you have a blue chip collectible. The above car
(w/Hemi) was photographed at the 2013 Gooding and Co auction in Scottsdale, AZ.
The selling price was $165,000. Ever wonder why these NASCAR lookalikes, sold
to the public, have vinyl roofs?
1970 Dodge Daytona
The cousin of the
Superbird, the Daytona, was Chrysler’s other “Winged Warrior” on the NASCAR
circuit. In fact, the one shown above was the actual car driven by Bobby Isaac
in the 1970 season (on display at the NASCAR Hall of Fame Museum in Charlotte,
NC). In this car, Isaac won 11 races, the NASCAR series championship, and then
went on to set several speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats.
1970 Buick GSX Stage 1
This Buick GSX,
painted in the popular yellow with black accents, was spotted on display at the
2013 Charlotte Spring Auto Fair. Its next stop was Russia were the new buyer
obviously had a passion for American muscle cars, just as we do here in the
1970 AAR Cuda
The All American
Racing (AAR) Cuda is a special edition MOPAR used in SCAA road racing. It has a
small block 340 engine, a unique blacked out hood, functional hood scoop, and
strobe-light side striping. The above car sold at Mecum’s 2013 Auction in
Kissimmee, FL for $55,000.
1970 Rebel Machine
was also a player in the Muscle Car era, offering a car called the “Machine."
These are rare, but one was spotted at the 2013 Daytona Turkey Run spring
event, hanging out with other American Motors club members. A few years back
one sold at a Barrett-Jackson auction for $16,200.
1970 – 1971 Firebird Formula SD455
The 1973 Super
Duty (SD) 455 Firebird is certainly a hot setup and a rare bird. Arguably the
last of the muscle cars in an era when all car manufacturers switched
priorities from performance to better gas mileage. Only 43 examples of this car
were built making them highly collectable and commanding prices of $70K and
1969 Big Block Corvette
If you like
Corvettes with big block motors, this 427 L88 convertible is as good as it
gets. The original owner of this car drove it across the auction block at
Mecum’s 2012 Kissimmee event, where it sold for $610,000. If you ever see
someone starting one of these bad boys, notice that the hood is raised first.
1967 CSX Cobra 427
One of the most
copied body styles in the auto world, the Shelby Cobra continues to be a strong
favorite of many car enthusiasts. The Cobra was quite a performer with the HiPo
289 engines, but when Carroll dropped the Ford 427 power plant in the little
sports car, it became the car to beat on and off the track. The above photo is
1 of 29 original 1967 CSX Cobras built by Shelby American. This one sold in
2013 at RM Auctions, Scottsdale for $2,000,000
1970 Oldsmobile 442 W30
The W30 model was
the ultra-high performance variant of the legendary 442 Oldsmobile. The above
convertible sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction earlier this year for
1969 Oldsmobile Hurst/Olds
Teamed with the
Hurst 4-speed and the big block 455 engine, this car wasn't “your father’s
Oldsmobile.” The above car sold at Mecum’s Indy auction for $76,000.
1967 Shelby Cobra
All Shelby Cobras
are special, but this car has a very unique history. It was formerly owned by
Carroll Shelby, and at his direction, it was built with an unpainted polished
aluminum body. Initially, Carroll had planned to have all Cobras finished this
way, but it was cost prohibitive to do so. The above Cobra recently sold at the
Mecum Indy auction for $320,000.
1969 Dodge Charger R/T
The 1969 Dodge
Charger was born to be a TV and movie star. The General Lee may be the most
recognized, but how about the wild Charger Van Diesel drove in “The Fast and
Furious?" And here it is, the actual 1969 Charger R/T used in the movie.
Interestingly,it was modified with parts from a 1968 and 1970 Charger. It sold
in 2013 at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction for $97,500.
Tim M's Favorite
When you talk
muscle cars, the Pontiac GTO is always one of the cars that makes the list. The
GTO formula, a big engine in a mid-sized body with sporty styling, is the
definition of a muscle car. The 1967 convertible model (in red of course) is
hard to beat in looks and in the quarter mile. A GTO such as this go for at
Name Your Favorite Car
Your favorite car might not cost $1 million, but tell us here what classic car
you'd buy if money were no object. If we have a photo, we'll post your dream