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Top 10 classic cars for collectors

Obviously this is a very personal list, I am biased.


1 1966 Shelby 427 Cobra... Anything attached to Carroll Shelby’s name is immediately worth your time. With an insane power-to-weight ratio, the Shelby 427 Cobra has a bit more giddyup than your Corolla. Plus, the hundreds of thousands of dollars you’d pay for one will seem like chump change compared to the $5.5 million shelled out for the ’66 Shelby 427 Cobra Super Snake.


2 1969 Boss 429 Mustang... My dream car! The origin of the Boss 429 came about as a result of Ford’s desire to compete in the top NASCAR series. Ford was seeking to develop a "Hemi" engine that could compete with the famed 426 Hemi winged warriors from the Mopar camp - the 426 Hemi Charger Daytona and the Plymouth Superbirds. At the time, NASCAR required that at least 500 cars be fitted with the competition motor and sold to the general public. The Boss 429 engine featured aluminium cylinder heads, which had a modified Hemi type combustion chamber which Ford called "crescent". The Boss 429 engine used a single Holley four barrel carburettor rated at 735 CFM mounted on an aluminium intake manifold. All these cars had 4-Speed Manual Transmissions and the Boss was rated very conservatively at 375 HP while actual output was believed to be well over 500 horsepower. Mustangs' were simply too small to accept the massive Boss 429 engine so Ford hired Kar Kraft of Brighton, Michigan to modify existing 428 Cobra Jet and Super Cobra Jet Mach 1 Mustangs to properly fit the new Boss 429 engine.


3 1967 Chevrolet Impala.... The Impala has become an icon and a star in it's own right on the TV series 'Supernatural' and it's not just a prop. ... The Chevrolet Impala is powered by a 502-cubic-inch big-block V8. Brendan McAleer, Driving. 18 feet of bad-ass. You can't help but look cool driving this classic.


4 1961 Jaguar E-Type.... is a British sports car that was manufactured by Jaguar Cars Ltd between 1961 and 1975. Its combination of beauty, high performance, and competitive pricing established the model as an icon of the motoring world. Whether you pronounce it Jagwar or Jag-u-ar, everyone agrees the brand oozes style. The E-Type was released in 1961 to some pretty heavy praise. If Enzo Ferrari referred to it as, “The most beautiful car ever made,” well, that’s good enough for us.


5 1966 Alfa Romeo Spider Duetto.... Something about this car just makes us want to drive the Italian countryside while occasionally stopping to drink local wines. Plus, any time you can get a car with style AND storage space, well you just hit the jackpot my friend. It’s perfect for storing all the sheets of paper with phone numbers on them.


6 1964 Aston Martin DB5.... If it’s cool enough for Bond, it’s cool enough for us. If you had to pick one vehicle that James Bond relied on the most, you’d be hard-pressed not to go with the DB5, and the one from Goldfinger would look pretty sweet in our garage next to the cans of beer and lawn care products.


7 1969 Dodge Charger.... If there’s one thing we know about the ’69 Charger, it’s aerodynamic. At least that’s what we learned from Bo and Luke Duke. The ’69 Charger is a thing of beauty whether it’s a General Lee or not. It may never get the billing its Mustang counterparts always do, but the fastback look and all American style will never go out of fashion.


8 1966 Lamborghini Miura.... We don’t know if it’s the most stylish car on the list, but as far as cred goes, well it inspired the whole “Let’s toss a couple of seats on a rocket” sports car idea. It also became a new and different Italian sports car option outside of the Ferrari’s of the world for auto enthusiasts at the time.


9 1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT.... Far too often cars are rigid. The lines and angles are harsh and, unless there’s something crazy under the hood, they become a complete clone of something else. The soft lines on the Ferrari Dino 246 GT tells us this car is meant to be driven fast and playfully. If we had one, we’d oblige.


10 1963 Corvette Sting Ray.... While nothing was wrong with the Corvette prior to ’63, when the Sting Ray rolled out it made the previous models look like chopped liver (fast & still somewhat attractive chopped liver). Besides the new look, the C2 Corvette was a bit lighter and handled far better than its predecessors. While some nice stylistic changes would be made in the coming years, there’s something about being first.


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