Having the most current generation luxury car or sports car model with all the bells and whistles is all well and good, but there’s something about classic cars and muscle cars that just taps into that that retro spirit of Americana like nothing else.
These days, gearheads and car enthusiasts are showing their appreciation for classic cars like never before, and in a recent study, Classiccars.com waded through the numbers to bring us the 10 classic cars that really rev the engines of most Americans.
Per Detroit Free Press:
The website studied more than 45 million searches from June 2017-June 2018 by people looking for a classic car and created lists of the most-searched classic and muscle car in every state, and the 10 most frequently searched cars for the whole United States.
In addition to shoppers’ online searches, the website factored information into the rankings from 500 classic car dealers with which it works.
So, here, without further ado, are the 10 most popular classic cars in the United States:
10. 1968 Chevrolet Camaro
With a styling similar to the 1967 production model, the 1968 Chevy Camaro introduced Astro Ventilation and a slightly different front-end design. Higher performance models like the SS and the Z28 also came outfitted with some seriously souped-up engines.
9. 1969 Ford Mustang Mach One
The first-generation Mustang Mach One was a performance-oriented option package of the Mustang and came tricked out with a V8-powered “Sportsroof” body along with a number of other performance enhancements such as upgraded suspension, revised wheels, chrome exhaust tips, and a deluxe interior.
8. 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
Compared to first-generation models of the Chevelle, the 1970 production model had a more squared frame as opposed to the coke bottle styling. It also featured a redesigned interior and was available in sport coupe, sport sedan, convertible, four-door sedan, wagon, and coupe utility body styles.
7. 1966 Ford Mustang
While the Mustang debuted in 1964, the 1966 model came with basic trim changes, such as updated side ornamentation, a new grille, new wheel covers and a new gas cap.
Also, Ford’s new C-4 “cruise-o-matic” three-speed auto transmission became available for the 225 hp V8, and the 289 high-performance K-code engine was also offered with a C-4 transmission.
6. 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
The 1957 Bel Air is a massive favorite of car collectors, particularly due to its spacious interior and use of chrome and tail fins.
This model also came with an optional second automatic Turboglide transmission and a “Super Turbo Fire V8” option that produced 283 horsepower.
5. 1965 Ford Mustang Shelby Cobra
Known for its painted-on Wimbledon White with Guardsman Blue rocker stripes, the 1965 Shelby Cobra was not known for offering a comfortable ride or being easy to drive. But what it lacked in those facets, it made up for in speed and pure power performance.
4. 1965 Ford Mustang
Becoming Ford’s most successful launch since the Model A, the 1965 Mustang featured a number of engine upgrades and an updated interior, including an AM radio, adjustable driver and passenger bucket seats, and a floor mounted shifter.
3. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro
Though the mechanical components were carried over from the previous year’s model, the 1969 Camaro featured a different design than other first-generation models, with a redesigned grille, new paneling and skins, and an overall sleeker sports car aesthetic.
2. 1967 Ford Mustang
As the first major redesign of the original Mustang model, the 1967 Mustang allowed for the installation of a big-block V8 engine. The size, cargo space, and interior were all increased, while exterior trim changes included concave taillights, side scoop side ornamentation, and square rear-view mirrors.
1. 1969 Dodge Charger
Particularly known for its appearances in The Dukes of Hazzard and Fast and Furious 6, the 1969 Charger gets so much love for its slick design and high-powered engine capabilities.