When considering a list of cars to include in an article boldly titled “The 5 hottest collector’s cars of all time” there certainly is a lot of room for interpretation.
There is no doubt many people won’t agree with the cars on this list and they are certainly subjective choices, but there is no doubting the popularity and classic nature of the cars on this list – even if you do you think there are other cars that are more deserving.
In reality, we could have made this a top 100 list and there still would be room for plenty of debate. What probably isn’t up for debate is the fact that these are five of the hottest collector’s cars of all time – just maybe not everybody’s top five.
The 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera
If you’ve never seen one of these beauties on the street you have been seriously deprived. While Porsche has graced us with many great engineering marvels over the years, this model is arguably the most recognizable.
Perhaps most importantly for car enthusiasts is that this car is fast, with a top speed of 152 mph and the ability to go from 0 to 60 in 5.8 seconds it’s a formidable road machine that stacks up well against cars from any era.
As a teenager, I dreamed of owning one of these and it seems many people share my love of this car as it’s still very popular on the collectors circuit today.
The 08 to 27 Model T Fords
When you think about the dawn of the automotive era only one car comes to mind – the Ford Model T. Surprisingly many of these cars have survived till today.
This might have something to do with the fact they were so popular in their day because of their affordability and more than 16 million of them were made – that’s a lot of cars.
Collectors love these cars because of the history behind them and the nostalgic love of the past. They never broke any speed records with a top speed of about 45 miles an hour and they weren’t the most comfortable things in the world, but if you can find one of these there’s no doubt you’ll turn some heads as you drive down the road.
The 1957 Ford Fairlane Skyliner
The Ford Fairlane has always been a favorite of collectors – not because it was the fastest car, but because it had a very distinctive look which still has some great appeal today.
With its distinctive winged rear section and its innovative convertible roof technology this car was a stand-out in the 1950s and still attracts the attention of on-lookers today. The Ford Fairlane was capable of speeds of approximately 104 mph, but to get from 0 to 60 it took about 11.2 seconds – definitely not a drag racer.
The 64 to 65 Ford Mustang Convertible
If there is a car that represents what a convertible’s supposed to be, that car is the 64 to 65 Ford Mustang Convertible – this is one of the finest representations of American muscle cars ever produced.
I’m not suggesting it’s the fastest American muscle car ever built, but it has power, stylish looks, and of course nothing beats the feel of the wind in your hair and the roar of the engine in your ears as you drive one of these babies.
Surprisingly, in spite of its reputation, this car wasn’t one of the fastest on the road – its top speed maxed out about 92 mph and it took 15.4 seconds for it to go from 0 to 60. These are of course base factory settings and collectors have certainly had fun boosting the capabilities of this beautiful car over the years since their introduction.
The 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
You know what they say – leave the best to last and that’s exactly what we’ve done in this case. The 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing is one of the most beautiful cars you’ll ever see on any road anywhere.
This car featured a sleek aerodynamic design and of course its signature Gullwing doors – it was years ahead of its time.
With a top speed of 155 mph and the capability of going from 0 to 60 in 7.3 seconds this car also had some pretty impressive stats. If you have the opportunity as a collector to get your hands on one of these there’s no doubt you’re making a great investment.
So what makes a car a collectible? It has a lot to do with lasting power and its appeal to the public in general. There are obscure collectors that will collect a car simply because it appeals to a certain sense of history that they share with no one, but most collectors are attracted to cars that appeal to all of us.
Whether you agree with some of the cars on this list or not, there’s no doubt that they deserve to be on the list of great collectible cars.