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Pandemic doesn’t detour collector car searchers

Amazing consistency in what people searched for in April on ClassicCars.com's Marketplace site


Just because everyone was cooped up at home in April, it didn’t mean they weren’t shopping for collector cars. Nor, however, did it mean they were shopping for anything out of the ordinary.

Monthly searches on the ClassicCars.com Marketplace website in April showed amazing consistency in both year/make/model and the more general “any year” search categories.

In the year/make/model category, the 1967 Ford Mustang moved up from second to first place as the 1969 Dodge Charger slipped out of first place for the first time in 4 months. The Charger slipped to third, behind the Mustang and the 1967 Chevy Impala, which had been third the previous 2 months.

The top-6 in that listing has shown strong stability in recent months, the ’67 Mustang, ’69 Charger and ’67 Impala joined by the ’69 and ’65 Mustangs and the ’69 Camaro.

Moving up into the top-10 were the ’69 Mustang (8th) and the 1987-93 last-of-the-Fox-Body Mustangs. They replace the ’68 Charger and the ’55 Chevy Bel Air.

“With a plethora of parts and mods available, the Fox Body is becoming an appealing old car purchase,” noted ClassicCars.com Journal managing editor Tom Stahler. “They are becoming very popular with the drifting-set. I have said it many times, that I was never a fan, but every so often I can be wrong.”

Meanwhile, among the top-10 in the all-years category, the April searches nearly mirrored those of the previous month. Chevrolet, Ford, Mustang, Chevy C10, Volkswagen “bus,” and Dodge retained positions 1-6. Corvette moved up to 7th, swapping placed with Cadillac, while Bronco and Pontiac retaining 9th and 10th, respectively.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
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.


  1. My dad traded in a split-screen VW kombi on a three year old Holden Special station wagon in 1968.
    The HD Holden had a three litre motor and brakes like shoe polish tins. They started rusting before they left the factory but, as an eleven year old l thought it was just the bees knees and was pleased to have seen the back of the kombi.
    The trade in price was $400 – which my dad was pretty unhappy about, as l remember. Who knew?


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