The famed muscle car, 1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS SS 350, continues to be one of the most wanted cars since its 1967-1969 production. The two-door coupe boasts a 350-cubic inch, V8 engine that cranks out 300 horsepower. The Camaro can reach a top speed of 121 m.p.h. and accelerate from 0 to 60 m.p.h. in 7.9 seconds. At its launch, the Camaro’s price tag ranged from $2,500 to $3,310. In today’s times, its value is approximately $39,400. If you’re a big fan of barn finds, you certainly couldn’t imagine stumbling on a prized ’67 Camaro. That’s the reason this family story will amaze you.
There are truly just two kinds of classic car enthusiasts; much like drug users, there are the casual users and there are the severe addicts. For the casual user the drug is a luxury, tapped into only on special occasions with discipline and moderation. For the addict though, the drug is not a luxury but a way of life. There is no beige Camry sitting in the garage of an addict, only the medium that will provide the visceral stimulation the addict needs.
The beauty of owning a classic car is that if you buy it right, your car will only go up in value as you own it. Certain cars are safe bets to be good investments, as long as you know what particular specifications will inflate a car’s value over time. Other cars are doomed to depreciate into the abyss. Here are 5 underappreciated classic cars that, if well-bought, could prove to be a fabulous long-term investment.
Every automotive enthusiast dreams of uncovering cars that have been lost in time, lying dormant under a thick coat of dust. Collectors may actively search their whole lives and never make such discoveries. But every once in awhile, someone opens a garage, barn or warehouse and finds treasure. This video by the Auto Archeologist shows one of these discoveries. The building was filled with an impressive collection of muscle cars, everything from Superbirds to Chargers and more. Now brought back into the limelight, these hidden gems are sure to be restored to their former glory.
This truck had been trapped in a garage in a suburb of western Chicago for about five years after a downed tree cut off access to the garage. We dragged away the tree, rolled the truck out of the garage, and gave it a once over. The truck looked great, original wood and decals were perfectly intact and the frame did not show any significant corrosion. We purchased the truck from the family of the gentleman who had owned it since the early 1980s, who were happy to free up some now-accessible garage space.
We rolled the truck onto a trailer and brought it over to the shop. We cleaned the ignition points and put some fresh gas in ‘er, and she fired right up.
We were so drawn to this truck because of the interesting history of the “Lil’ Red Express”…..in 1978 this was THE FASTEST AMERICAN PRODUCTION VEHICLE FROM 0-100 MPH as tested by Car and Driver. An amazing feat for a vehicle, let alone a pickup truck, with aerodynamics not much better than that of a refrigerator. Because of a loophole in emissions regulations, the 1978 Dodge Lil’ Red Express Trucks did not have catalytic converters. What they did have was a special High Performance 360 C.I. 4-barrel small block (EH1), which was a modified version of the 360 police engine (E58) producing 225 horsepower @ 3800 RPM. The package also included Hemi style mufflers with a crossover pipe breathing through two chrome stacks located behind the cab, a special 727 transmission, and 3.55:1 rear gearing.
We sold the truck to an enthusiast who loves the truck dearly and is in the process of restoring it to its original condition.
We got a call a while back from a gentleman who was attempting to close out his wife’s uncle’s estate, who had recently passed away. He and his wife were trying to get the estate ready for sale when the realtor called and said they needed to get the garage cleaned. The couple then went over to the garage and opened it up, ready to start clearing out old scrap wood and garbage; much to their surprise, the garage was not full of trash but rather two Cadillac Coupe Devilles tucked side by side. The two cars still had the original window stickers on the car! One car had 4,800 miles, the other had 14,000. Both were completely original, well documented, and ran like new with nothing more than a quick tune-up. We were ecstatic to help awaken these beautiful Caddys from their slumber and get them back on the road. We cleaned up the cars and both sold in a matter of days, the new owners thrilled to have such an original, low mileage example.
We bought this XKE from a guy in Michigan who had acquired it with the purchase of an old warehouse. The car was buried underneath broken ceiling tiles and a hefty glaze of pigeon droppings. We were told that the poor Jag had been taken on a storage lien after it sat in annual storage for over thirty years. Luckily the windows and doors were closed when the car was originally parked, so the interior was surprisingly well-preserved. We dragged the car out of the tight nook it had been confined to only to realize that the rear end and transmission had been dropped and stored next to the car. We bolted some caster wheels on the car and rolled it up onto a flatbed. Back at CCC we took inventory of all the scattered parts and got the rear end, transmission, and brakes back on the car. Four carburetor rebuild kits later, we had the Jag purring just as it had the day it was parked. Shortly after the completion of a long and thorough restoration, the car was sold the car to an XKE enthusiast in Sweden.
We purchased this Merc from the original owner, a World War II veteran whose fascination with Mercedes began when he fell in love with the 540K of the 1930s while serving overseas. Years later, back on home soil, he purchased this ‘58 220S Convertible and drove it for a number of years before falling ill. The owner was in the early phases of a restoration of the car when he became ill and could no longer work on the car himself. Knowing that his health was an issue, he decided to let the car go. The family of the owner contacted us and asked if we would like to come take a look. The car was nearby, in Chicago’s Sauganash neighborhood, so we jumped in the flatbed and headed over there. When we arrived, we found the dusty, albeit nicely preserved and largely complete 220S that you see in the photos. The 220S is a handsome car, and we were happy to bring this one back into the limelight.