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Torino and Fairlane in Top 5 of “Hottest Muscle Cars for 2018”

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.


1969 Ford Fairlane

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!).

1969 Dodge Charger 500

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!

2006 Pontiac GTO

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.


Some of my first and strongest memories from my childhood relate to cars. I still remember when things happened based on what car I was driving at the time. I grew up and lived in Iowa for nearly 40 years before moving to Southern California and now live in Tennessee. I was a Corvette fanatic for years but then re-discovered vintage American Muscle. My wife, Katrina, and I decided we wanted to focus on unique and rare muscle cars. After a lot of research we fell in love with the Ford Blue Oval Aero Cars. These were only built in 1969 and and aerodynamics became an important part of winning races. The only purpose of these limited production cars was to win NASCAR races using the Boss 429 and 427 power plants complimented with a special, wind cheating, aerodynamic body. The Ford Talladega and Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II are terrific and historic cars. This site is devoted to these car and their owners past and present. We provide an Online Registry for recording the long term history and ownership of every remaining Talladega, Spoiler and Spoiler II.

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  1. This is great news, thing is to call a Talladega a Fairlane is not correct….Ford used the 3rd.& 4th. numbers of the car vin. to I D the model. All production Talladega’s built during the run start off with 9A46….so the Model I D would be 46 or as Ford states this model Cobra (1969 Car Preliminary Shop Manual page 3)
    If we look at same page we see most Fairlane’s used 3rd. and 4th. model I D numbers in the 30’s. Plus all production Talladega invoice state “Cobra 2 door hardtop Sportsroof 8 Cyl Torino Talladega”. It is true Fairlanes, Torino’s, Montego’s and Cyclones were built on the same line at some assembly plants. So in short the Correct model name is not Fairlane…..but 1969 Cobra Torino Talladega…..the door tag carries the 2500 code in the DSO to make it a Talladega.

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