Top ten classic muscle car list released by Total Car Score: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro tops list
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Need a reason to buy a Mustang, Camaro or Charger, besides looks and speed? Another reason might be because muscle cars are turning out to be good investments. Pony cars in good condition are still flexing their biceps 48 years after the first Mustang rolled off the assembly line, and their value is increasing despite a soft economy, according to experts at Total Car Score.
"We're seeing a general rise in auction and listing prices of classic muscle cars as market interest in these models picks up," says Karl Brauer, Editor in Chief of Total Car Score. "Rare older models, in original or properly restored condition, are increasing in value even as the general economy continues to struggle. At the same time, the capability of modern muscle cars has skyrocketed over the past 12 years. For value seekers, several models produced between 2000 and 2010 offer excellent performance at a relatively low purchase price."
TCS has just released their list of the top ten classic muscle cars, with the #1 spot going to the 1969 Camaro ZL1. A mint-condition model can sell for as much as $425,000, more than some Ferraris and other exotics. For those on a budget, a 1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 can be yours for as little as $35,000. If carburetors, disc brakes and lousy mileage aren’t your thing, you can still buy a new muscle car with all the modern technology available on most other cars available in the 2012 market, says TCS, at a much lower cost than buying a restored vintage vehicle. You also might be purchasing a future classic, they add.
Total Car Score has identified the following classic American muscle cars that not only represented the pinnacle of automotive performance when new but also offer strong market value today. Vintage car collectors consider these must-have muscle cars, which is undoubtedly driving up their prices.
1. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 $425,000
2. 1971 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda $425,000
3. 1969 Dodge Hemi Charger Daytona $400,000
4. 1969 Ford Boss 429 Mustang $220,000
5. 1968 Ford Mustang GT500KR $130,000
6. 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge Ram Air IV $80,000
7. 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 LS6 $75,000
8. 1970 Buick GSX Stage 1 $75,000
9. 1973 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am SD455 $75,000
10. 1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 $35,000
For buyers who prefer newer American muscle cars with similar driving characteristics to the classics, TCS has released the below “best” 10, each of which are between 3 and 12 years old and are selling for far less than their original MSRP.
1. 2000 Ford Mustang Cobra R $30,000
2. 2002 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am WS-6 $21,000
3. 2004 Mercury Marauder $15,000
4. 2006 Pontiac GTO $16,000
5. 2007 Dodge Charger Super Bee $22,000
6. 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT-8 $27,000
7. 2008 Dodge Magnum SRT-8 $18,000
8. 2009 Ford Mustang Bullitt $25,000
9. 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS $30,000
10. 2010 Chrysler 300 SRT-8 $25,000
I think the Chevy bested the Plymouth due to alphabetical order!
I'm not going to knock the ZL1, though, it's probably my #2 most
favorite muscle car after the 1970/1971 Hemi 'Cuda.