Which Classic American Cars Are Most Owned and Restored?


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Muscle cars from the 1960s and 1970s, such as the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro, are still very popular and are often restored by modern collectors. Vehicles from the first half of the 20th century, such as the Ford Model A, are also popular among collectors, although they are considerably more rare than muscle cars.

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The vast majority of classic American cars that are currently owned and restored are muscle cars. Ford began Mustang production in 1964, and the first generation lasted until 1973. It is these first-generation Mustangs that are especially popular among collectors and are most often restored. Chevrolet began producing the Camaro to compete with the Mustang, and in turn the early Camaro has become a popular restoration project. Chevrolet's more famous sports car, the Corvette, is also a highly coveted classic car, specifically the second- and third-generation vehicles that were produced between 1963 and 1982.

Early 20th century cars such as the Ford Model T and Model A are also very popular with collectors. While they are less common in auction houses, they rarely stay out on the open market for long. These cars are so old that the majority of cars sold actually require some sort of restoration or repair before they are able to run.

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