Chevelles, Novas moving up on classic car collectors’ shopping lists

Credit: Original article published by Classic Cars Journal.

With no significant changes at the top of the most-searched-for vehicles on the Marketplace in May, we thought it might be interesting to not only take a deeper dive into the “second 10,” but also beyond to see if there are vehicles showing recent interest among prospective buyers.

Each month we report on the most-searched-for vehicles by year, make and model and by a generic all-years search. As usual, the 1969 and 1967 Ford Mustang, the 1969 Dodge Charger and the 1964 and 1967 Chevrolet Impala top the year/make/model list while the all-years category again is led by Chevrolet, Mustang, Ford and Chevy C10, with DeLorean edging ahead of Dodge in their ongoing duel for fifth place.

While there is virtually no change at the top of the lists, some vehicles are emerging lower on the lists worth noting. For example, the 1967, 1968 and 1970 Chevrolet Camaro, the 1968 Dodge Challenger, the 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle and the 1970 Chevrolet Corvette have climbed into the “second 10” in recent weeks. 

If you’re wondering about the 1969 Camaro, it’s been a solid top-10 search for several months, which may explain why people now are searching for nearby model-year examples.

Chevelles from the late ‘60s and early ‘70s also seem to be attracting increased attention from those searching the marketplace.

1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle

“The Chevy Chevelle has been a favorite of GM Muscle car fans since these cars were new and that has never dissipated,” notes Journal East Coast editor and marketplace analyst Andy Reid. “All you need to do to understand the continued enthusiasm for the Chevelle as a collector car is to drive a 396 Ram Air Chevelle at the limit and you are bound to be a convert.”

Meanwhile, among those searching simply by make or model regardless of year or production, Chevelle has climbed into top-10 contention while another vintage Chevy, the Nova, has been drawing attention of late, solidly into the “second 10” in both April and May.

1972 Chevrolet Nova
1972 Chevrolet Nova

“The Nova has been for years the best buy choice in GM Muscle cars,” Reid suggests. “They have been affordable for quite a while, especially when compared to the Chevelle and Camaro. 

“These cars are gaining more interest and popularity due to the affordability factor,” he adds. “The Nova is a fun and easy to maintain car with lots of ways to modify it if you want more speed. 

“Novas are a perfect classic car for the true hot rodder due to their lower cost and aftermarket support. Prices are tracking well against the Chevelle and on the move as well.”

1974 Chevrolet Nova
1974 Chevrolet Nova

Top-10 most-searched lists for May 2021

By year, make and model

  1. 1969 Ford Mustang
  2. 1967 Ford Mustang
  3. 1969 Dodge Charger
  4. 1964 Chevrolet Impala
  5. 1967 Chevrolet Impala
  6. 1965 Ford Mustang
  7. 1968 Ford Mustang
  8. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro
  9. 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
  10. 1970 Dodge Charger

By all years 

  1. Chevrolet
  2. Mustang
  3. Ford
  4. C10
  5. DeLorean
  6. Dodge
  7. Corvette
  8. Cadillac
  9. Mercedes-Benz
  10. Camaro

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