Mustang most popular search, data reveals

Map shows most popular searches in each state for 2016 | graphic
Map shows most popular searches in each state for 2016 | graphic

There are several ways to check the pulse of the collector car marketplace. There are auction results, buyer’s guides, and expert analysis. But another is to see what cars people are searching for the most on With more than 30,000 vehicles for sale by private sellers, classic car dealers and auction houses, the website is the world’s largest collector car marketplace.

For the 2016 calendar year, the Ford Mustang was the most searched-for car. It also led in state-by-state statistics as the most searched-for collector vehicle in 13 of the 50 states. Continue reading

Spend your tax return on a classic car investment fit for the whole family

Phoenix, Ariz. (April 11, 2017) – Recent trends in the classic car market have illustrated that returns on investments are better than ever with sales at the high end of the market offering up to a 500 percent ROI for smart investors. Trends are heating up at the entry level end of the market with more modest cars beginning to appreciate in value. With Tax Day just around the corner, our experts have some suggestions as to how you can invest your money in something tangible that you can enjoy with your family for years to come – an entry-level classic car.

Based on extensive research, our experts have compiled a list of 10 vehicles that can be bought for less than $10,000 and that will continue to appreciate in the future. What sets the vehicles on this list apart is that these cars are modern enough keep up with traffic, are relatively affordable to maintain and allow owners to enjoy their purchases on the road.
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2017 Amelia Island auctions reveal new major collector car trends

Phoenix Arizona, March 13 2017

As the events at Amelia Island come to an end, three trends have become readily apparent from the collector car auctions. After studying results from the five auctions that ran over three days, post-sale analysis reveals that the impact of younger enthusiasts and investors has begun to impact both vehicle selection for these sales as well as the overall collector car market, driving up values for vehicles that were not historically considered “blue chip investment” cars.

Trends from Amelia Island auctions included booming prices for European exotics built in the ‘80s and ‘90s as well as a continued rise in prices for the Porsche market buoyed by the constant climb in price for air-cooled 911s, which also has created lift for earlier vehicles across the 356 vehicles and water-cooled vehicles like the 944 and 928. On a related note, the desire for Italian exotics amongst the younger set paired with historically high prices for Ferraris has begun to push the non-traditional Italian marque, like Lancia, Maserati and Fiat, to new highs.

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Why park when you can play: Classics meant for winter driving

Phoenix, Ariz. (February, 2017) – For most classic car owners, when the temperatures drop it’s time to tuck away and protect their classic cars. However, knowing which classics are best suited for blustery winter months can help lower storage costs and provide year-round enjoyment rain or shine. The vehicles listed below represent a collection of the best classics for winter driving:

• 1992 Subaru SVX – Introduced to the U.S. in 1992 as a grand touring coupe, the SVX is known for its sure-footed winter driving capabilities. This vehicle not only looks good with its curvy lines, but its powerful EG33 model 3.3L boxer engine combined with four-wheel drive, over-rev protection, fuel injection and ignition monitoring makes this classic perfect for slick driving conditions.

• 1984-1987 Saab 900 – The first generation or “Classic” Saab 900 is well recognized in the motorsports industry for its rally car pedigree. Featuring front-wheel drive and a double wishbone suspension design, it’s no surprise this iconic classic dominated in rally racing so it will have no trouble overcoming the winter elements in your neighborhood.

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Hidden treasures and explosive sales redefine the collector car market

Phoenix, Ariz. (January, 2017) – Collector car experts at – Bob Golfen, Larry Edsall and Andy Reid – share their expert opinions about what is happening in the collector car world after attending the seven auctions of Arizona Car Week. With more than $250 million in preliminary sales figures, a significant increase from the previous year, it became apparent that a new generation of car collectors has been established. New research and on-site observations suggest a changing landscape for collectible car buyers.

Associate Editor Bob Golfen observed that vintage classics from the 1930s sold for less than he had anticipated. “I was chagrinned to see so many really nice old cars from the 1930s selling for a relative pittance,” Golfen said. “Though not cheap, it was still a lot less than I thought they deserved. This is reflective of the latest trends in the collector car marketplace, where a gorgeously restored 1934 Ford roadster went for $52,800 and an exceptional 1941 Cadillac convertible coupe sold for $60,500.” Golfen also observed that modern exotics and cars of the ’80s and ’90s were definitely on the rise, classic muscle car prices continued their strength and ’50s pickup trucks sold for strong prices as well.
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Future Classics Car Show packs rooftop garage

Mercedes-Benz AMG GTS enters the car show | Photography by The Function Factory, with support from Car Street Journal and the Function Factory, celebrated future collector cars with a show of their own Monday, set during Arizona Car Week atop a parking garage at the Scottsdale Quarter, an upscale shopping district.

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Ford Bronco, VW van popular among searchers

1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1957 Chevrolet Corvette

The 1967 Ford Mustang continued to reign as the most searched-for vehicle on in April, though the state of the current collector car market showed in the fact that the number of searches for that and for other leading cars dropped off from previous months’ levels.

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Jaguar XK-E named most romantic ride by

Hans Marquez Concours d'Elegance (79)
1962 Jaguar E-type FHC | Hans Marquez photo

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, is feeling the love and asked readers to vote for the most romantic car. With 30 percent of the total votes, the Jaguar XK-E was the clear winner.

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Inaugural Future Classics Car Show fills High Street district with a diverse array of cars and people

Car being led to its space in the show | Photo by Hans Marquez

With support from Car Street Journal and, took over High Street in Phoenix to stage the inaugural Future Classics Car Show Monday evening.

All 100 spaces along the street through the upscale shopping district were filled with cars dating from the 1975 through 2005 model years. Continue reading

1954 Cadillac Coupe deVille wins Award at Arizona Concours Award winner
Phil Terry and his 1954 Cadillac Coupe deVille wins Award at Arizona Concours | Photo by Hans Marquez

A 1954 Cadillac Coupe deVille has been selected as the winner of the second annual Award at the 2016 Arizona Concours d’Elegance. Continue reading