Some cool older cars include antique, vintage and classic vehicles such as Ford Mustangs and Corvette Stingrays. There is varying demand for collectible cars, and value is determined by age, condition, rarity, era and whether the original parts have been retained.
Most cars built since the 1970s are still available at reasonable prices, and, although considered older, are not very popular.
The 1950s kicked off the hot rod, muscle car and street racing era. Car designs were influenced by Space Age technology. Cars that were popular then are even more prized now, including the classic Ford Thunderbird and Mustang, Chevy Corvette, GM Camaro, Pontiac Firebird and Gran Turismo Omologato. The Chrysler C-300 is considered to be the first muscle car, in part because of its powerful 300-horsepower engine.
The Classic Car Club maintains a list of cars built between 1925 and 1948 that are popular among automobile enthusiasts. The list is restricted to models that meet specific standards, including the original price of the car and the total number produced. The list includes well-known makers, such as Packard, Jaguar, Rolls-Royce and Buick, and other less well-known brands, such as Brewster and Peerless.
Cars built in the 1920s and 1930s are called vintage cars. Pre-antique cars are 50 to 99 years old, and cars 100 years old and older are antiques, such as the Ford Model T. These are harder to acquire because of limited stock and higher prices. Motorbase.com is an online automotive encyclopedia that has photographs and information on all cars ever produced.