When it comes to the collector car market in America, few know it better than Hagerty. The classic car insurance powerhouse keeps tabs on auction and private sales, as well as insurance valuations, to note real-time value of collector cars. Recently, it began following the buying habits of the newest generation of collectors. Needless to say, the results are interesting.
Hagerty rates the market on a scale of zero to 100, with 50 being average. Among Generation X and millennials, each of the following classics scores between 89 and 96, meaning every one of them (some old and some not so old) are some of the hottest collectibles on the market right now.
So what does the under-45 set want? Trucks, and lots of ’em. Don’t look for your parents’ classics here — corvettes, muscle cars, British roadsters, ’32 Fords. Maybe it’s the effect of growing up during the first big SUV boom of the 1990s, but for younger collectors rugged workhorses and ’90s cars are about as hot as it gets.
From Japanese grand tourers to old pickups, here are the 15 collector cars millennials and Gen Xers can’t get enough of.
1. 1973-1987 Chevrolet C/K Series Pickup
In the ’70s and ’80s, Chevy’s slab-sided pickups were everywhere. And ever since, their dead-simple mechanics and dirt-cheap parts supply have kept a good amount of them on the roads. But now the kids who grew up with them are looking at them as collectibles. Among Gen Xers and millennials, C/Ks have become the most popular classic vehicle, according to Hagerty.