To say American muscle cars have been a pretty good investment over the past few years would be a galactic understatement, as any collector car enthusiast knows. Fueled by the considerable passion and disposable income of the generation that grew up around GTOs and Corvette Stingrays, the value of sought after 1950s-1970s Detroit iron has skyrocketed with some examples tripling or more in value in just a few short years. But;simple truth is that for the past half year, the collectible American car market has seen very little upward progress. A quick glance at auction results over the past six months reveals values that are either leveling off or falling. At the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale earlier this year, prices seemed to be trending downward, as suggested by Colin Comer, a market expert, in a recent article for Sports Car Market magazine. In his piece, Comer noted that Hemi ‘Cudas, hard to find at $275,000 to $375,000 just a year ago, were plentiful in Scottsdale and … [Read more...] about Will sought after muscle cars really make you money?
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The 1965 Ford Shelby GT350 that served as the engineering prototype for 1966 models will be going on the block next month at the Mecum Auctions “Muscle Cars and More” event. Below is the complete release from Mecum: The 5S319, the 1965 Shelby American GT350 used as the engineering prototype for the 1966 models and driven by Ford factory stylist Charles McHose who created the 1967 GT350s, goes on the auction block next month in Monterey for the first time in 40 years. “Early Shelby GT350s are one of the hottest tickets in the muscle car market today and cars with a verified Prototype status like 5S319 typically command a premium price,” says Frank Mecum of Mecum Auctions, which will feature the car on live television on Mecum Auctions’ “Muscle Cars and More” on Discovery’s HD Theater. McHose’s biggest influence on the prototype is the unique rear spoiler that would become the most prominent distinguishing feature of the later model … [Read more...] about Vintage and Muscle Car Enthusiasts Rev Up for Rare 1965 Shelby American GT350 Prototype Auction
You know what’s odd about the 1960 Starliner I photographed for the October 2015 issue (“Super Star”)? It’s got the hottest engine Ford Motor Company had cooked up—hotter than the dual-quad E-code (270 hp) or F-code supercharged 312s (300 hp). Hotter than the Police Interceptors (300 hp in 1960). And at least as far as factory horsepower ratings are concerned, hotter than the 390 GT (320 hp), Boss 351 (330 hp), and 428 Cobra Jet (also 330 hp). But there was no badge or emblem bragging about it. It might as well have had the thrifty Mileage Maker Six. When I was discussing this with owner Nick Smith, lifelong car guy and longtime Ford dealer, he pointed out that engine callouts didn’t become an industry practice until 1962. But once engine badging began, the cool feature was off and running. Among the most beautifully decorated muscle cars ever were the 1963 and 1964 Super Sport Impalas, with their engine-turned side trim and trunk panels and the … [Read more...] about Loud, Proud & Outrageous: Muscle Car Badges
Over the last decade especially, the high-profile Barrett-Jackson auction held each January in Scottsdale, Arizona, evolved into one of the best-attended spectator events on the classic car calendar. It is the 800-pound gorilla of all the Scottsdale auctions. But Scottsdale is not just Barrett-Jackson. Another half-dozen auctions compete for attention and the business of buyers and sellers. Looking to make a bigger mark in the muscle car category is Russo and Steele, whose event had a new venue this year. Russo and Steele’s innovative auction-in-the-round brings buyers and sellers closer together than competing auctions do. Three top-tier auction houses primarily specializing in high-end exotics share the Scottsdale stage: RM Sotheby’s, Gooding & Company, and Bonham’s. Each occasionally serves up tempting muscle cars. Longtime participant Silver Auctions tends to cater to the more accessible (read: affordable), part of the market. And Scottsdale newcomer Worldwide … [Read more...] about Scottsdale 2017: What’s Trending in the Muscle Car Market?
Editor’s note: Today we are pleased to present the debut column by Diego Rosenberg. Diego may be familiar to MUSCLE CAR REVIEW readers because he has contributed to the magazine in the past, and he became the voice of the Pure Stock Muscle Car Drag Race in the 1990s. His longtime passion for muscle cars got a foothold here, as he grew up reading MCR in the 1980s. Last year he wrote Selling the American Muscle Car: Marketing Detroit Iron in the 60s and 70s, which featured photographic and literature contributions from Tom Shaw. With Tom’s untimely passing, Diego will carry the baton from a Gen X perspective. When it comes to allegiance, no other manufacturer enjoys corporate-wide affection like the Chrysler Corporation. Sure, Ford fans may bleed blue, and it’s Chevrolet versus the World, but the Mopar tribe will embrace anything with the Pentastar, from the homeliest Plymouth Cricket to Fuselage Imperials. They’re loud, they’re proud, and, for good measure, … [Read more...] about In the Muscle Car’s Heyday, Just Like Today, Chrysler Cranked Out Hot Cars That Weren’t for the Inhibited
Exactly what defines a muscle car becomes hazy when such icons as the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro - cars that are actually ‘Pony cars’ – are inevitably thrown into the equation. The true definition of a muscle car can be summarised as a two-door, intermediate-sized performance coupé, powered by a stout V8 engine and sold at an affordable price. Primarily designed for straight-line speed with little regard for chassis finesse, they are steroid-injected specials capable of easily asserting their dominance over the weaker six cylinder and regular V8-engined models. Muscle cars really began to strike a chord with the impressionable youth of their time. In the mid to late 1960s, image and masculinity were everything. Pumping iron on US beaches was all the rage and no guy wanted sand kicked in their face in front of pretty ladies – they wanted to be the ones dishing out the sand-kicking to scrawnier opposition. Testosterone was going through the roof and … [Read more...] about History of the muscle car – picture special
Interesting photo. Either Bruce is majorly pissed about something the photographer said or did (see: Winston Churchill Karsh), or he’s finally perfected the art of looking like a something other than an endlessly pampered, egomaniacal movie star. Anyway, his timing for this sale sucks. Anyone who clings to the belief that prices for vintage muscle cars will defy the gravity of the stock market is seriously deluded. By the time this deal goes down– Saturday, October 25 at Bonham’s in LA— the muscle car market will have tanked. Are there enough “crotch sniffers” (nice one Stephan) who’d pay a premium to own a muscle car owned by a man famous for saying “Yippie ki-yay, motherfucker”? I doubt it. It’s one thing to own an example of the breed purchased by Steve McQueen (or similar) back in the day. It’s another to own a muscle car bought by a celebrity who uses it to pose like a tough guy, even though the toughest thing about … [Read more...] about Bruce Willis Muscle Cars For Sale
That sound you’ve been hearing for nearly two decades is the weeping and gnashing of teeth roused by the Chevrolet Beretta’s demise. Oh, Ford Probe, we hardly knew ye. Whither the Dodge Daytona? Let’s look at the continuing decline of an empire, formerly ruled by the American Muscle Car.At Chevrolet, SS is not the oft-used badge that AMG is at Mercedes-Benz. Ford’s ST and SVT branding aren’t used to form an overwhelming BMW M-like presence. You can buy big V8-engined Chryslers, but many of Chrysler’s higher-volume products – 200, Avenger, Dart, Journey, Wrangler – go without sporting iterations. Detroit’s three automakers don’t even sell coupe versions of their mainstream sedans these days.There is plenty of sporting heritage present in GM, Ford, and Chrysler showrooms, of course. Iconic nameplates sell at a level normally associated with moderately successful midsize cars. And even in 2013, a year in which muscle car sales … [Read more...] about Muscle Cars Weak, Challenger Dodges The Trend
By 1966, muscle cars were hitting peak stride. But some argued they had become too expensive and strayed too far from the original concept. As performance models had grown in displacement and technology, some crossed into premium pricing territory. Pontiac’s GTO, for example, could easily exceed $4,000 with a handful of options when the average cost of an American automobile was closer to $2,750.Enter Jack Smith.Plymouth had fallen into the pricing pitfall like most other manufacturers. Smith, who owned a souped-up Belvedere II, had recently been promoted to head of the company’s mid-sized car planning division. He wagered the public might enjoy a car like his and Plymouth introduced the GTX in 1967 to compete with the GTO. But it was still too expensive, especially for a budget brand like Plymouth, and garnered a lukewarm sales response — which gave Jack an idea. With muscle cars getting progressively more costly, Smith figured the … [Read more...] about In Memoriam: Jack Smith, a Mopar Muscle Car Maestro
Baby Boomers are getting too old for traditional sports cars. Their purchasing power may have ushered in the initial success of the muscle car (as well as its resurrection), but no 70-plus-year-old wants to obliterate their pelvis crawling into a low-slung coupe or have its rock-hard suspension rattle the dentures out of their mouth.That leaves the younger generations to champion the sports car going forward, and — I am very sad to say — they will not be up to the task. While there are still younger consumers who enjoy the pursuit of speed, males born between 1946 and 1964 buy most of the sports cars currently on the market, and their peak spending years are rapidly fading in the rear-view. They also are becoming less interested in uncompromising sports cars when there are performance oriented SUVs and crossovers at the ready. These are options that offer expanded practicality and comfort at the moderate expense of … [Read more...] about The Sports Car Market Will Be Atrocious After the Baby Boomers Die