Ever wonder what cars are most frequently searched on the ClassicCars.com Marketplace website? Among the top-20 searches by year, make and model in January 2022 were five 1960s Ford Mustangs, four 1960s Chevrolet Camaros, and a pair of 1960s Chevy Impalas.
That may say more about those searching than about the desirability of those particular vehicles, but they would appear to be the heart of the collector car hobby, at least the heart throbs of those looking to either add to the collection or perhaps to begin one.
Those Mustangs hold the numbers 1,2, 7, 8 and 14 positions among January searches. The Impalas are 4 and 5. The Camaros 3, 15, 18 and 19.
“Muscle and pony cars are, if it’s possible, even more popular than they were 6 months ago,” noted ClassicCars.com‘s market analyst and East Coast editor Andy Reid.
“If you had asked me then if they were still affordable, I would have quickly said yes, but it seems that these cars are now quite seriously on the upswing as far as prices are concerned.
“There are still some good values in this segment of the hobby, but you have to think a bit outside the box to find one that is truly a steal.”
We also track more generic searches, those simply searched by make or model regardless of year. That list is dominated — as usual — by Chevrolet. Mustang is second and Ford third, at least in January. In December 2021, it was Ford second and Mustang third.
The Buick Grand National remains fourth and the Chevy C-10 pickup fifth.
Although there tends to be little change month to month, Pontiac fell out of the top-1o in generic searches and Cadillac moved up into that group.
“The cars from Cadillac are becoming more and more on people’s radar again,” Reid points out. “This is likely to do with the sheer numbers of different cars that are available at every different price point.
“Basically, if you have between $10,000 and $500,000, there is a Cadillac model to add to your garage.”