Cars have been around for more than a hundred years now. Within this very long span of time, numerous brands and models have emerged from different countries around the world. While not all of them have become successful, each and every one has had their fair share of contributions to the automobile industry. One contribution is the release of rare and vintage vehicles that are now considered as prized collectibles.
Below are the top 10 car collectibles:
1. 1970-1971 Ford Torino
The Ford Torino was released as a competitor in the intermediate market back in the 1960s and 1970s. The special thing about the 1970-1971 model of the Ford Torino was that the company decided to redesign the interior of the model with a more upscale design. Additionally, the exterior of this midsize vehicle was well-received by the masses, resulting to a lot of publicity and sales. The 1970-1971 Ford Torino usually came with a 250-hp, 5.8-liter V8 engine.
2. 1971 AMC Hornet SC/360
One of the main reasons that the 1971 AMC Hornet SC/360 is so collectible is the fact that it only had a very limited production run. Only 784 units of this model were rolled out of the factory floor. Like many other car manufacturers, AMC created this model by using a Hornet compact and then fitting it with a powerful engine. This model comes in two different variants: the two-barrel carb and the four-barrel carb.
3. 1979 Pontiac Firebird Formula 400 WS6
The 1979 model year of the Pontiac Firebird Formula saw a rebirth of the Formula with the addition of a 220-hp V8 Pontiac engine. This was coupled with a WS6 handling package which included four-wheel disk brakes and beautiful alloy wheels. Only 24,851 units of the 1979 Formula were made and only a few have both of these extra add-ons.
4. 1995 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4 Spyder
This sports car was considered a vehicle that was ahead of its time, because Mitsubishi added certain pieces of technology such as a four-wheel drive and an active aero to this vehicle. Additionally, the hardtop canopy of this sports car made it more elegant to look at. Another factor that adds to this car’s collectability is its limited production run of only 1,619 units.
5. 1960 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster
The 1960 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster is one of the prime examples of a great classic. Sporting a design from the golden age of vehicles, this classic is considered by many to be one of the best vehicles of the era. Its visuals are combined with a powerful engine that made driving a breeze.
6. 1993-1998 Toyota Supra Turbo
The 1993-1998 Toyota Supra Turbo stayed true to its Turbo name by being one of the first compact sports cars to hit 60 miles per hour in just under 5 seconds. Further tweaking by mechanics led to the extraction of about 1,000 horsepower from the same engine. Because of this, the Supra Turbo is considered as the Hemi Plymouth Barracuda of compact sports cars.
7. 1993 Porsche 928 GTS Coupe
This was Porsche’s backup vehicle during a time when emission regulations restricted the sales of many vehicles, including the more popular 911. Sporting an engine that could reach a speed of up to 170 miles per hour, the 928 GTS Coupe retained Porsche’s passion for creating performance vehicles with a visually appealing design. Today’s market price for this vehicle is close to about $70,000.
8. 1987-1992 Ferrari F40
The Ferrari F40 was special because it was the last Ferrari vehicle to be approved by Enzo Ferrari himself before his death. This car weighed just below 2,500 pounds and packed a 471-hp engine. The low weight was due to carbon fiber being used for the majority of the car’s bodywork. This combination enabled this car to break the 200-mph barrier.
9. 2004-2006 Porsche Carrera GT
The Porsche Carrera GT featured a very unique back design, thanks to its twin jet engine-inspired bodywork. The Carrera GT packed a 605-hp V10 engine that enabled the car to go 205 miles per hour. Only 1,270 GTs were made mainly, because the car was very expensive even by supercar standards. This adds to the overall collectability of this model.
10. 2005-2006 Ford GT
The Ford GT is considered a legend in the 24 hours Le Mans circuit when it took the first three spots in the 1966 race. Fast-forward 40 years and Ford released a modern version of the GT to celebrate the company’s 100th birthday. Ford released only 4,000 units of the modern GT, which had a 550-hp engine. This car was ridiculously quick and had a record of getting to 60 miles per hour in only 3.7 seconds.
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