The classic and collector car market is a fantastically diverse tapestry of vehicles from every breed and era. Delving into the classifieds reveals some real gems waiting to find a new home with both enthusiasts and serious collectors alike. Every week we’ll be highlighting the top cars in need of a new home that caught our eye.
Chevrolet has had more Indy 500 pace cars than any other automaker, and this 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible pays tribute to the pace car used for the 39th running of the Indianapolis 500. The actual pace cars used featured a red and white paint job, but Chevy dealers apparently sold these replicas in any paint scheme. This fully restored Bel Air wears a black and white paint job with an accurate pace car livery, and it will be up for auction next month through GAA Classic Cars.
Just looking at this 1969 Dodge Super Bee, which is being offered to the public through Premier Auction Group, produces some serious inspiration. This vehicle has the appearance of your quintessential American muscle car, thanks to simple lines and all the athletic extras. Pull up anywhere with this bad boy and anyone even remotely interested in America steel will be salivating.
The original 1968 Ford Mustang movie car from Bullitt will go up for auction through Mecum in January, but if you're not looking to drop that much money on an unrestored artifact, then check this car out. For enthusiasts who want a Bullitt Mustang that they can actually drive and enjoy, this 1968 Ford Mustang Bullitt Replica being sold by Classic Cars of Sarasota is about as good as you're going to get.
As the predecessor to today's high-performance SUVs, the 1992 GMC Typhoon remains a popular vehicle among collectors. It's getting increasingly difficult to find a Typhoon in good shape, and while this one being sold by Midwest Car Exchange has had some modifications, it appears to be in excellent, well-kept shape.
Finding a good VW Bus is easy these days; finding one that is affordable is a far more challenging. In recent years, these old vans have skyrocketed in both popularity and price with some commanding six-figure prices, but this original 1978 Volkswagen Type 2 being sold by Vintage Car Collector is both beautiful and affordable.
SLP has been known in the industry for over 20 years by turning GM cars into track-ready and turnkey-ready powerhouses. The New Jersey-based company upped the ante with the Camaro ZL575 by taking an SS model and adding a plethora of performance goodies. Only 500 of these cars were produced total by SLP with 250 given an automatic transmission and the rest of the 250 sporting a six-speed manual. Fast Lane Classic Cars is happy to offer the opportunity to own this one-owner 2010 Chevrolet Camaro ZL575.
If you watched television in the 1980s or have been lucky enough to catch reruns of Knight Rider, you know how truly awesome the Knight Industries Two-Thousand or KITT is. The Pontiac Trans Am loaded with a sassy AI kept David Hasselhoff’s character, Michael Knight, excellent company and got him out of all kinds of binds as the two fought crime. Thanks to Ideal Classic Cars, you can purchase this 1989 Knight Industries Two-Thousand, which is a meticulous recreation of the original TV car.
With Generation X and Millennials becoming more active in car collecting, we’re seeing rising values for many Japanese cars from the 1980s. You could ride that wave by grabbing this 1980 Datsun 280ZX 10th Anniversary. This is no ordinary ‘80s Fairlady Z being offered through Street Dreams. There were only 3,000 of these 10th Anniversary models made, but only 500 had the Red and Black exterior like this one. What’s more, this was the last 10th Anniversary model made. If you can’t grab the first one to roll off the assembly line, having the last one is about as noteworthy.
Legally imported to the United States and ready to drive on public roads as well as trails is this 1980 Nissan Patrol Long. This is the left-hand-drive rig of your dreams, showing Jeeps and Land Cruisers they’re not the only ones who can rule the trail. Or, you might want to take this SUV to your local import car show and let it tower over the array of stanced left-hand-drive cars.
In the 1960s, Ford had crazy idea to build a roadster version of the GT40, and only five examples were ever built (the first of which recently sold during Monterey Car Week for $7.65 million). A similar notion popped up once the first-gen Ford GT went into production resulting in the GTX1, named after the GT40 "X1" experimental spyder that Bruce McLaren raced.