Do you attempt to purchase one of these seven vintage vehicles…?
If interested in investing in a vintage automobile, one may want to consider a vehicle from the 1950s, 1960s, or 1970’s. Examples of vehicles sought after include a 1953 Chevrolet Bel Air, 1954 Mercury Monterey, 1957 Chevrolet 150, 1960 Chevrolet Impala, 1962 Chevrolet Corvette, 1963 Ford Thunderbird, and 1974 Plymouth Barracuda. Beginning with the Bel Air, one has the option of a two door hardtop, coupe or convertible, and a four door sedan. Chevrolet produced the Bel Air from 1949 through 1954. The cost of the vehicle was $1,741. In 1953, the Bel Air added a one piece curved windshield, and the opportunity to add power steering. The Bel Air is identified by the wide chrome strip of molding that runs from the fender to fender. The Bel Air went from zero to 60 miles per hour in 15 seconds, and reaches a maximum speed of 90 miles per hour. That’s a far cry from Johnson’s crazy drive in Mobile Legends, at crazy high speeds!
The Mercury Monterey body styles first introduced in 1950 included a four door sedan, station wagon, and two door convertible or hard top. It was produced from 1952 through 1974 at its assembly plant in Saint Louis, Missouri. The cost of the vehicle was $2,140. In 1954, the Monterey included a new 161 horse power overhead valve V8 engine to go along with the new lower tail lights. One could purchase a three speed automatic or manual transmission.
The Chevrolet 150 was used as a model used by the state government, small businesses, and those searching for speed. The Chevrolet 150 was basic transportation, and could be purchased for a price of $3,500. The Chevrolet 150 was limited to a manual transmission, yet equipped with four wheel heavy duty breaks, and dual shock absorbers. This was helpful since many of the Chevrolet 150’s were used as delivery vehicles. In the late 1950’s, the Chevrolet 150 had a fuel injected V8 engine that many used for law enforcement purposes.
In 1959, a second generation Chevrolet Impala was produced, and was available in a two door convertible, coup, hard top, or four door sedan. The Impala was available in a manual three or four speed, and retailed between $2,800 and $2,900. The Impala’s tailfin was raised outward rather than upward, along with a large single “tear drop” taillight. A new option included a “Flexomatic” power seat, and a “Speedminder” that permitted one to set their desired speed. The Speedminder would “buzz” if one exceeds the set speed.
Still popular today, the Chevrolet Corvette initiated production in 1953 and now has been produced for seven generations. In the early 1960s, Chevrolet redesigned the rear of the Corvette including a “duck tail” with four rounded lights. Many seek the 1962 Corvette since it was the final year of the wrap around windshield, and convertible only body style. The Chevrolet Corvette has been the pace car at the Indianapolis 500 on 12 different occasions, and initially retailed for $3,500.
In the early 1960’s, the Ford Thunderbird designed a sleeker model, which set record breaking sales for Ford. It came in a two door hardtop coupe, and convertible body style. The transmission was automatic, and the initial cost was $3,800 with additional available options. The three speed V8 engine clocked the Thunderbird from zero to 60 miles per hour in 10 and one half seconds. One innovation was the ability to move the steering wheel; one could get out of the driver’s side bucket seat by simply moving the steering wheel to the right by up to 18 inches.
Finally, the Plymouth Barracuda was manufactured as a two door built from 1964 through 1974. In 1974, a strong V8 360 engine replaced the 340 to go along with the existing four speed manual transmission. One could travel from zero to 60 in 8.2 seconds. However, its performance declined, and exhaust emissions increased so the vehicle was discontinued. One could purchase the Barracuda for $5,000. Those interested in a multitude of colors looked at the Barracuda which was offered in lime, yellow, lemon, violet, and red.
In the end, one should choose a vintage automobile based upon their individual taste. Just keep in mind, factors such as the color combination, quality of restoration, and the number of models produced all factor in if one wants to resell the vehicle down the road.