Most Popular Classic Cars
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The United States is one of the prolific manufacturers of classic cars in the world. The low import duty on classics (5.5%) and the car culture in the UK has encouraged a lot of people to import classic cars.
Here are the most popular classic cars imported from the US this year:
There is similarities between the old Volkswagen Beetle and Porsche 911, even though they differ a lot when it comes to prestige and performance. After it was released, the 911 was preferred and bought by many until it overshadowed and outsold its successor, Porsche 928. However, the 911 was so profitable, its production continued. You can buy a new Porsche 911 today even though its first release was 46 years ago.
Ford Mustang was launched in 1964 and it has had a good market value and sale. It's iconic design and superb performance ensured its popularity.
According to Ford, they did not export the Mustang but instead, they exported the idea to other parts of the world, making it one of the popular classic cars not only in the US, but also around the world.
Although Dodge Challenger is a legendary model of Chrysler, its competition has varied for about 50 years. In 1969, the original challenger was released to the market and it was so well-received, production continues into today. In 2008, a third generation Challenger was introduced; this latest version relies on Chrysler’s LX architecture and creative design.
Jaguar E- Type
The E-type was renowned for being the fastest and the most useful of this line because of its durability and efficiency. Nowadays, the Roadster attracts the highest value and attention because they have a high survival rate. In fact, because they have a stiff under-structure, these cars last for a long period of time and you can find them with ease.
Although the C3 Corvette was launched in the 1960s stopped production in the 1980s, these cars offered a great value and seemed to outdo other cars in America. The cars were huge, brash, loud, and stylish. However, just like other cars in that era, they had safety and emission shortcomings. With improved technology and skills, other measures were taken to curb the problems and this has made Chevrolet Corvette a classic car to date.
The first models of Porsche 356 were 1086cc with a rear mounted 4-cylinder, horizontally opposed, air cooled engine. As years passed, the engine capacity grew to 1290cc and 1488cc.
To further boost their reputation those days, Porsche relied on lightweight, aerodynamics and good handling instead of power.
Since it was first launched in 1966, the Camaro's main competition comes from Dodge Challenger and Ford Mustang. It's wide grille and long bonnet is one of the most iconic features of an American classic muscle car, featuring an impressive V8 engine for speed and performance. The Camaro line was so well-received, Chevrolet have continued development and production, with the latest generation released in 2016.
The first ever Thunderbird was launched in 1955 and sold over 16,000 units in the first year of production. It was designed for luxury rather than performance. Featuring a fabric convertible roof and fender skirt, its sleek design became an instant classic as a luxury personal car. Ford went on to produce another 10 generations of this line, bringing the total up to 11, producing a total of 4.4 million individual units.
The rear-engine Beetles that Volkswagen launched a few years back were a hit because they were inexpensive. However, the little bugs were not perfect and Volkswagen had to do something about it. Therefore, they commissioned Karmann and Enter Luigi Sagre to make a 2 + 2 coupe and a convertible. The two would use the same materials and chassis the Beetle used but they had to enhance the model.
Austin Healey 3000
The Austin Healey 3000 took the external looks of 100-6 and hence the external appearance was unchanged. However, there were mechanical changes because the C-series engine grew to 2912cc. In March 1961 the 3000 Mk II was launched but after 3 years (in March 1964) the Mk III was launched with a few changes including a 3-carburettor set up and detail changes. The last model was built in 1967 and all these variants have remained popular to this day.