While the world turns it attention to hybrids and electric cars with little to no emissions some die hard car fans are looking to the past to find a car that better suits their personality. The classics were made to turn heads and elevate the drivers status among their peers.
The 1963 Chevrolet Impala is one of the most popular collector cars because of its sleek body styling. Featuring pointed front and rear bumpers this was a long lean cruising machine. Several body style options were available including two door convertible, hardtop and coupe and four door hardtop, sedan and station wagon. The two door convertible is the most desired of the series. A luxury car comfortable for long drives with a 4.6L or 5.4L V8 engine and a lush interior.
Ford Mustang is an enduring name and completely recognizable as a status symbol and first rate pony car. The 1964 Ford Mustang took 18 months to develop and has become a collector favorite. A four seat, two door sport car it was built with drivers in mind not passengers. You only have to see the rear seating area to realize that passenger comfort was not the intention. The 1964 model held a 4.7L V8 engine. The older mustang was longer and more boxy in design than newer models. The word Ford stretched across the front above the grille in large block lettering and a horse emblem was centered inside the grille.
The Pontiac GTO is perhaps one of the most recognizable classic cars of all time. Recognized as the first real muscle car that started the 60’s and 70’s muscle car craze this full sized, two door coupe was an impressive piece of machinery that took command of the road. The 1966 model with its “coke bottle look” is the most sought after version. It featured a kicked up rear fender and seductive styling.
The Chevrolet Camaro from 1969 is hard to find but highly coveted. It was the most aggressive and sportiest looking Camaro of the series. A two door coupe or two door convertible it featured creased lines, a V shaped grill and deep inset headlight. This classic muscle car was a 5.7L V8 and 255 hp power house. Some collectors dislike the harsher lines this model offered but because of the rarity it is the most sought after.
The 1969 Pontiac Firebird, featuring the same coke bottle styling as the 1966 GTO, is a highly appreciated classic car. The bumpers were integrated and the taillights were rear slits. The headlights were four separate circles outside the grille. Either a two door convertible or hardtop this muscle car sported a V8, 5.7L engine. With an elongated front hood and snub nosed rear trunk the 1969 Firebird had the classic muscle car look and feel.
With a few exceptions the late 60’s and early 70’s was the height of distinctive car styling. From sharp corners to sleek curves never in the history of the automobile have more distinctive cars been produced. It is clear why collectors seek cars from this era.