Top-10 searched-for lists stable, but there’s movement among the Next-5

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Buick's Grand National, that's an 1987 model above), has popped up among the 'Next-5' list of cars searches by potential buyers

Because the Top-10 most-searched-for vehicles in the ClassicCars.com Marketplace experiences very little change from month to month, we’ve decided to drill down deeper into the listings to see if we can spot some trends.

Again in August, the cars most searched by Marketplace visitors remained the 1967 Ford Mustang (No. 1 for the second month in a row), and the 1969 Dodge Charger and 1967 Chevrolet Impala. That trio has dominated the top three positions all year.

Also among the top-10 in August were the 1965, 1968 and 1969 Mustang, the 1969 Chevrolet Camaro, the 1964 Chevrolet Impala, the 1963 Chevrolet Corvette and the 1968 Dodge Charger.

The only significant change involved the ’63 Corvette bumping the 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air from the Top 10.

Also stable was the list of top searches for all model years, led for the third month in a row by the Volkswagen van/bus, and followed by all-years Chevrolet, Ford, DeLorean, Mustang, Chevy C10 pickup trucks, VW dune buggies, Willys Jeeps, International Scout and Corvette.

With the top-10 lists showing such consistency, we wondered what vehicles might be up-and-coming among potential buyers, so we took a look at the Next-5 on the all-years lists for the past three months.

In June, they were (in order) Pontiac, Camaro, Mercedes-Benz, Bronco and International Scout. But in July, that Next-5 list was led by Cadillac, followed by Camaro, Pontiac, VW Westphalia campers and Mercedes.

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What about August? Dodge, which was a top-10 search in May and June, was back, though only as No. 11 overall, followed by Cadillac, newcomer Buick Grand National, newcomer VW Karmann Ghia, and Bronco.

Could the Grand National and Karmann Ghia popping up indicate a developing trend in renewed interest in those models? And what does it say about Camaro that it wasn’t even among the top 15?

It could be too early to tell, but it certainly will make the September search list something to anticipate.

A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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  1. THIS CAR IS A 1987 BUICK GRAND NATIONAL HAS 69 ,845 ORIG MILES ON THE BODY AND LESS THEN 3000 MILES ON THE REBUILT MOTOR WHICH HAS 526 R.W.HORRSEPOWER THE CAR IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION INSIDE AND OUT THERE IS JUST TO MANY ITEMS TO LIST BUT IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS FEEL FREE TO ASK

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