Fords in the Top 5 Hottest Muscle Cars for 2018.
We have debated on this site since its creation the topic of why aren’t the Ford and Mercury cars from 1968/1969 not doing better in the market place. There have been a lot of suggestions as to why this has been. The Chevy and MOPAR brands seem to always demand a higher price than our prized Blue Oval brands from the same years. Some have even made the observation that the cars are increasing in value and recent ads have supported this position.
We now have proof that the prices may not have blasted into the stratosphere but they are definitely on the rise and could go higher. If you are looking and have not yet purchased the car you have always wanted you should likely be doing it soon.
We all have heard of Hagerty Insurance and likely many of you use them to insure your collector cars. They have just released the “Hottest Muscle Cars for 2018” and the 1968-1969 Ford Fairlane (we all know that the Talladega is also a Torino/Fairlane) and Ford Torino take the 5th and 4th positions respectively. What makes this so important is that most of us consider these two cars to be the same car. After all, in those years the Fairlane and Torino were nearly identical and were more like alternative options than separate models. Also consider that the muscle car finishing in 7th place was the 1964-1967 Chevelle with a score of 66! That is a four year run compared to the Ford model’s two year run.
How did Hagerty arrive at this shocking conclusion? Here is how they arrived at the results.
The Hagerty Vehicle Rating is based on a 0–100 scale, tracking vehicles’ performance relative to the rest of the collector car market. The data-driven rating takes into account the number of vehicles insured and quoted through Hagerty, along with auction activity and private sales results.
A 50-point rating indicates that a vehicle is keeping pace with the market overall. Ratings above 50 show above-average appreciation, while ratings below 50 indicate a car is tracking behind the market average. A score of 100 means a car is appreciating at a better rate than anything out there, but HVR is not an indicator of future collectibility. Although it certainly says something about what’s hot (and what’s not).
The rest of the results.
The 1964-1967 Pontiac GTO came in 6th place with a score of 70 points.
The 1968-1969 Fairlane in 5th place scored 72 points while the sister Torino from the same years scored a 75.
In 3rd place was the 1968-1970 Dodge Charger with 76 points (only one more than the Torino!).
The big surprise for most of us is the cars in first and second, both being Pontiac’s.
The 2nd place Hottest Muscle Car of 2018 was the 2008-2009 Pontiac G8.
And, in 1st place is the 2004-2006 Pontiac GTO with a whopping 88 points!
What does all of this mean?
I will not try to predict the future or even interpret what the Hagerty study means to us Ford owners. I will say this, I personally agree with the results. Of the top five cars listed as the Hottest Muscle Cars in 2018, my wife and I own 3 and would like to buy the 4th. If you consider the Torino and Fairlane the same car, we own four of the top five. You guess which one we don’t own but want.