Report finds Ford, Chevrolet vehicles as most popular

Most Searched Classic Car 2016

New state-by-state data report finds Ford, Chevrolet vehicles as most popular; Domestics listed as top search in 49 of 50 states. 

1965 Ford Mustang

1965 Ford Mustang sold at McCormick's Collector Car Auction 58

Phoenix AZ, May 18 2017 - The iconic Ford Mustang is the most searched for classic car, according to a state-by-state report issued today by, the premier website for researching and purchasing classic automobiles and trucks. 

1969 Chevrolet Camaro Indy Pace Car

1969 Chevrolet Camaro Indy Pace Car at Dr George Charity Car Show 2017

Ford’s legendary “Pony Car” ranked first in 13 states, followed by the Chevrolet Impala (seven). Chevy’s Camaro came in third with five states, the Chevy Corvette, Dodge Charger and the Ford Thunderbird each finished first in three states, according to the site, which registers 330,000 searches daily and three million unique monthly visitors. 

1967 Mercedes Benz 250 SE

1967 Mercedes Benz 250 SE at Greystone Mansion Concours d'Elegance 2014

Among makes, Ford and Chevrolet were evenly split, each ranking first in 20 states, reports. Overall, domestics topped searches in 49 states, with the lone import-Mercedes-Benz-listed as most popular among Connecticut enthusiasts. While American muscle cars led state-by-state searches, trucks topped the list in West Virginia (Chevrolet 3100) and Oklahoma (Ford F1). 

1961 Volkswagen Bus

1961 Volkswagen Bus at the 21st Annual Glendale Cruise Night

U.S.-built vehicles dominated’s overall findings, with Mustang generating 3,736,942 unique searches in 2016. Among European models, the Volkswagen Bus was of greatest interest with 240,656, while the Datsun 280Z led Japanese models, at 157,265 unique searches. 

1957 Ford Fairlane

1957 Ford Fairlane at Bob's Big Boy Classic Car Show July 25 2014

“Owning pristine collector vehicles – particularly domestic performance and muscle cars – continues to be a passion for many Americans, from the most seasoned collectors to enthusiasts making their first purchase,” said Roger Falcione, president and CEO of “In fact, two vehicles on our list—the Ford Fairlane and Dodge Charger—play prominent roles in ‘The Fate of the Furious,’ which recently topped $1 billion box office sales worldwide, attest to the international interest in American performance and muscle cars.” 

The Classic Auto Show 2017

The Classic Auto Show 2017

This new report comes as builds its presence as a premier source of collector car news and information, data, insight and analysis, as well as an unparalleled selection of for-sale vehicles. 


Pictured below: 1979 Datsun 280ZX at Downtown Burbank Car Classic 2014

Photos: Randy Berg

1979 Datsun 280ZX at Downtown Burbank Car Classic 2014

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