Monthly most-searched list gets British and Irish accents

DeLorean surges up the search list on ClassicCars.com Marketplace

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DeLorean soars in searches on the ClassicCars.com Marketplace in May

With only one major change in the ClassicCars.com Marketplace most-searched lists for May 2020 (more on that below), we’re applying a twist to this monthly report by noting what folks in the UK are searching on their side of the pond.

According to a story in the Evening Express, the Ford Capri tops the list of most-searched-for classic cars, according to date supplied by Car and Classic magazine.

“The Capri remains as iconic today as it did when it was first launched,” the Evening Express reports. “In terms of outright classic car fame, the Capri is akin to Elvis Presley… Iconic both in terms of design and the time period it was made in, the Capri was one of the first cars to bring a slice of American muscle to the UK – in a uniquely British way.”

Ford Cortina among most-searched classics in the UK | Evening Express photo

Runner-up in the UK is the Volkswagen Beetle with the Ford Cortina third, followed by the MGB GT and Triumph Stag.

Those results from the UK are based on what we term “all-year” searches, so we’ll begin our monthly report on the ClassicCars.com Marketplace with our comparable list which, as usual, is topped — in order — by Chevrolet, Ford and Mustang.

In May, the Volkswagen Bus and Chevy C10 pickup truck swapped fourth and fifth places. But then comes the big news: The DeLorean surged from barely looked at to sixth overall!

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We’d say “blimey!” but DeLoreans were assembled in Northern Ireland, so perhaps it’s “Bang on!”

“A few weeks ago, Jim Volgarino did a story here on ClassicCars.com about a DeLorean comeback – and some crazy Frankenstein creations,” said Journal managing editor Tom Stahler. “Add to that, Delorean Motor Company is beginning to produce a new DMC-12. Consider also the passion for interesting ’80s cars has been growing by leaps and bounds.”

Meanwhile, Willys/Jeep and Volkswagen dune buggy both climbed into the top-10 list for May, joining DeLorean and bumping out Corvette, Bronco and Pontiac.

Among searches done by year-make-model, the 1967 For Mustang retained the top spot with the 67 Chevrolet Impala against second. But the 1969 Mustang climbed from fourth in April to third in May and the ’65 Mustang from sixth to fourth, a spot ahead of the 1969 Charger.

Mustangs of various years in the 1960s took six of the top-10 spots in the year-make-model search list for May.

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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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