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Top 10 Classic American Cars of All Time

December 28, 2016
Posted by: JENNIFER WHEELER

If you Ask 20 classic car enthusiasts to give you a list of the ten classic American cars of all time and the chances are you’ll get 20 different lists. Still, there are some cars that will probably show up on many lists.

  • 1953 Chevy Corvette. Debuting in 1953 as the first American two-seater sports car, the Corvette is the ultimate American sports car. They only handmade three hundred that year, making it very rare.
  • 1960s Ford Mustang. The car that started the “pony car” tradition, the Mustang is the second longest running production vehicle in Ford history. The 1960s Mustangs are the most sought after.
  • 1960s Pontiac GTO. Designed by John DeLorean, the GTO has been a big part of American culture since its debut. Some consider the GTO to be the first real “muscle car”.
  • 1969 Dodge Charger. Known by many as “The Dukes of Hazzard car,” the Dodge Charger was introduced in the 1966 model year, but the second generation is the one to be considered a true American classic car.
  • 1960s Chevy Impala. When it was introduced in the late 1950s, the Impala was the top of the Chevy line. The 1965 model holds the industry record of selling over a million cars.
  • 1960s Chevy Camaro. An iconic vehicle, the Camaro was introduced as a competitor to Ford’s Mustang. Its sister car, the Pontiac Firebird shares many of its designs and parts. While the Camaro is still in production today, the 1960s models are the most collectible.
  • 1960s Ford Thunderbird. The Thunderbird was originally introduced as a two-seater—Ford’s response to Chevy’s Corvette. Starting with the 1958 model, it had four seats. Of special interest to collectors is the 1967 model which was the first to offer a four door version—equipped with “suicide doors”.
  • 1968 to 1970 Plymouth Road Runner. A return to the no frills type of muscle car, the Road Runner is another popular American classic car.
  • 1950s Chevy Bel Air. Although the name was used by Chevrolet for any hard top Chevrolet, the actual Bel Air as a model debuted in the mid-1950s. It remains one of Chevy’s most popular classic cars.
  • 1960s Lincoln Continental. Sharing “suicide doors” with the Ford Thunderbird, this Lincoln was a smaller car than the earlier versions. Convertibles are especially popular with collectors.

Characteristics of American Classic Cars

For most people, American classic cars simply mean an old vehicle. But for car enthusiast who knows more about this kind of vehicle, a classic car definition goes beyond being an “old vehicle.” The definition pertaining to classic car is complicated since different schools of thought have their own definitions for what should be considered as a classic car.

Definition of a Classic Car by Organization

  • A vehicle that is 25 years old or older is a classic car according to the Antique Automobile Club of America (ACAA).
  • The Automobile Club of America describes a classic car as expensive when new and manufactured in limited quantities.
  • A vehicle manufactured from 1925 to 1948 is defined as classic car by the Classic Car Club of America.
  • A vehicle which is 15 years or older is considered as an American classic car by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

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