Vintage SUVs and Volkswagen van also finding favor with website visitors
For the fourth time through the first five months of 2019, the 1969 Dodge Charger has been the most-searched vehicle advertised on ClassicCars.com.
The ’69 Charger slipped to No. 2 in March behind the 1967 Ford Mustang, but has raced back strong. In May, the 1967 Chevrolet Impala pulled ahead of the Mustang in the searched-for race.
Those three cars — the ’69 Charger, ’67 Impala and ’67 Mustang — have held the top-3 positions in the monthly search report thus far into 2019.
The popularity of the ’67 Impala may be explained by its role in the television series Supernatural, which just completed its 14th and penultimate season.
“It appears that fans of the TV show don’t want it to end and are looking for ’67 Impalas to buy as lasting memories of the series,” said Roger Falcione, president and founder of ClassicCars.com.
Other cars among the top-10 searches in May 2019 were, in order, the 1969 Mustang, the 1969 Chevrolet Camaro, the 1964 Chevrolet Impala, 1969 Ford Mustang Mach I, 1968 Charger, 1962 Chevrolet Corvette and 1968 Mustang.
May was the first time this year the ’69 Mach I was among the top-10. Also climbing into the top-10 list was the 1962 Corvette. Falling out of the top-10 were the 1965 Mustang and 1965 Impala.
Also showing strong interest among website searchers in May were the Ford Bronco and the International Scout.
“Vintage sport utility vehicles have appeal across all age groups of vehicle collectors,” Falcione said. “Interest is strong and so are the prices sellers expect for those vehicles.”
While no specific-year imported vehicle was among the top searches, the Volkswagen bus/van was among the top-10 among the “all-years” searches.
People searching for cars on the site can seek a specific year or range of years of a specific make, model and year, or can ask to see all years of a brand’s vehicle.
No. 1 in “all-years” searches were Chevrolets, followed by all years of Fords, Ford Mustangs, Chevrolet C10 pickup trucks and the VW bus/van.
Next in the “all-years” category were, in order, Dodge, Willys/Jeep, VW dune buggy, Buick Grand National, Chevrolet Corvette, Pontiac and Cadillac.
“We think recent stories about restored VW vans, some of the prices being paid at auctions, and the upcoming launch of the new electric-powered version are driving the vintage versions,” Falcione said.
Volkswagen re-created one of its classic vans with Lego blocks, a real model sold for more than $181,000 at auction, and all sorts of VWs have become particularly popular with younger collectors. But it’s not only youngsters, as the vans also have nostalgic appeal.