Help On Picking A Car – Part 2

Okay so we left off with me telling you I would help with trying to figure what models are going to become the “hot” Muscle Cars of tomorrow.  One of the underappreciated cars from the 1960’s would be the Impala SS.  This is a 1966 convertible.  It happens to have a 396 big block, but many from the early era had 327 small block motors as well.  The Impala does not fit into the Muscle Car genre in that it was a full size vehicle, however as the years go by they are becoming a staple in more and more collections just because the full size cars had the larger and more powerful engines first and these engines were then used in the intermediate and smaller cars to bump up their horsepower numbers.  Quite often the larger and heavier cars were the better performing vehicle because the lighter vehicles could not keep the tires planted when you launched.  The big problem was that tire technology did not exist as it does today with the stickier compounds and tread patterns.

Unfortunately some of the vehicles that are going to show the highest gains in value may not be anything even close to being called Muscle Cars.

With the surge in new car models that are now being called “micro-cars” there will be a corresponding demand for the vehicles in the past that were the micro or mini cars of their time.  That means cars like the 1967 Citroen 2 CV shown here will start to find more buyers.  This particular year has extra value in that it was the final year of “legal” importation into the United States.  It also will do the 55 mile per hour speed limit and is reported to get 55 miles per gallon.  Even todays Smart Car cannot claim that.  I guess we haven’t advanced as far as we thought.

Another small car that will start gaining more followers will be the Volkswagen Beetle.  This is a 1962 model shown here.  Currently there are still millions of the “Bugs” running around or more aptly sitting around.  Parts are plentiful and fairly cheap by German car standards even today.  The BMW Isetta and Nash Metropolitan are also mini cars that will be getting snapped up by collectors.  All of these small cars I have mentioned are under $20,000 currently, even in restored condition.  I think that will change in the next 5 years.

Check past blogs for photos of Isetta and Metropolitan vehicles. 

Another of the rarely seen vehicles in this group would be the Messerschmitt KR200.  This little beauty had a 200cc engine hence the model name.  It seated a driver in front and seating for 2 passengers in the back seat.  Just hope they were small passengers.  Among it’s more notable attributes was it’s canopy “bubble” roof that hinged from the side to enter and exit the vehicle.

The airplane style steering wheel should be your final clue that this was the German company that built all those fighter planes during and after the World Wars.  The canopy should have given it all away even though it opened from the side.

Anyway, the mini cars will be climbing in value as we go forward and if you want something that is very unique and not so common at the local car show, take your pick.

Another car that has the potential to really pick up some value would be the Buick Riviera.

This creature is the 1965 model and has the hidden headlights whose “lids” are what is called clam-shells, meaning they open half up and half down to expose the lights hidden behind them.  From the side it was pure Pontiac styling for its time but the front and rear views made a lot of people guess who the Manufacturer was in it’s day.

Well, looks like Part 2 is done and Part 3 will deal with some more vehicles soon.  Keep the faith all you gear-heads and car fans.  I will be back soon.

Davey Boy


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