Ironically some of the muscle cars that were not popular among buyers in 60s-70s, now are much more valuable and collectable than their pop star rivals. Some of collector cars reach even 6-7 figure price list for unit, some like Buicks, Olds are less expensive but still really good classic muscle cars. It is very important to know whether the car collector is buying isn’t fake. Luckily, it is quite simple to check cars originality from parts-documentation. it is also recommended to join collector clubs or at least buy the collector guide books. Some of muscle cars gain great value during recent years, so collectors and even investors should take a good care about investing in never-die classic muscle cars.
We introduce You the Top 10 list of muscle cars that have risen their value the most since year 2000. The original list was made for CNNMoney.com by Phil Skinner [collector car market editor at "Kelley Blue Book"], but we edited and rearranged the Top 10 by the value change in percent factor. The original Skinner’s listing is shown in brackets:
1. 1971 Plymouth “Hemi” ‘Cuda convertible [1.]
Because of an extra price tag and larger insurance rates only a few hundred of them were made during 1970-1971. They say only about a dozen of these convertible ‘Cudas had Hemi engines and none of them had the same trim, color or transmission package.
Price tag in 2000: $49.000
Today: around $2.000.000
2. 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS-454/LS-6 convertible [4.]
Chevelles with LS-6 package, 4-speed transmission, Rally wheels and factory 8-track player are the most valuable ones.
Price tag in 2000: $28.000
Today: around $369.000
3. 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 roadster [5.]
Even though these Cobras aren’t pure American cars, their are desired among collectors. One of 289s was sold for $1,6 million back in 2006 while the one of the kind Super Snake topped $5 million in 2007.
Price tag in 2000: $175.000
Today: around $330.000-$1.600.000
4. 1969 Pontiac GTO “Judge” convertible [9.]
The Ram Air III equipped 400 cubic V8 boosted GTO’s power up to 366 HP. The Judge also had several luxury interior packages.
Price tag in 2000: $36.000
Today: around $205.000
5. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z-28/SS coupe [3.]
Despite Corvette’s luck and popularity, Camaros were the no doubt the second most popular Chevrolet nameplate. The Z-28 package included 302 small block V8 [290 HP] and Muncie “4-on-the-floor” transmission.
Price tag in 2000: $18.000
Today: around $91.000
6. 1969 Dodge Charger R/T-440 hardtop [2.]
Since the very begining Charger was one of the most favorite cars. Appearances in “The Bullit” movie or “Dukes of Hazzard” TV series helped it find the way to muscle car enthusiasts’ hearts. The 1969 R/T package with big block 440 cubic V8 that develops 375 HP is highly wanted among collectors. If the engine is Hemi V8 the price tag may increase even up to 4 times.
Price tag in 2000: $39.000
Today: around $170.000
7. 1970 Oldsmobile 442/W-30 hardtop [10.]
442 stands for 4 barrel, 4-speed and dual exhaust. In 1970 the 442 had its power increased up to 365 HP and was given an option name – “W-30″.
Price tag in 2000: $21.000
Today: around $85.000
8. 1968 Shelby GT 500KR convertible [6.]
These value tripping King of the Road GT 500 KR convertibles with 428 cubic V8s developed the advertised 360 HP.
Price tag in 2000: $64.000
Today: around $190.000
9. 1970 Plymouth Superbird-440 hardtop [7.]
Some say its ugly some say its gorgeous. The original aim of the body design was to get accepted into Nascar races. Superbird was based on the popular muscle car – the Roadrunner. It was equipped with Magnum 440 cubic V8 [375 HP] and had to upgrade choices: “Six-Pack” [three 2-barrel carbs instead of stock 4-barrel] or the 425 HP 426 cubic Hemi V8 engine. Hemi equipped Superbird is the most valuable muscle car between these two options.
Price tag in 2000: $67.000
Today: around $107.000
10. 1969 Ford Torino-Talladega hardtop [8.]
Talladega design was influence by the same reason as 440 Superbird – the Nascar races qualification. Torino Talladega had unique front end design, grille and bumper, heavy duty suspensions and 428 Cobra Jet V8 under the hood.
Price tag in 2000: $24.000
Today: around $37.000