According to Friends of the National Automotive History Collection, out of all the 2010 model cars and trucks on our roads today, the one most likely to draw collector interest 25 years from now is (drum roll please) the Chevrolet Camaro.
Charles Hyde, chairman of the NAHC Board of Trustees, stated that the NAHC collectible vehicle of the future award “is unique among all the ‘Vehicle of the Year’ awards, because it is selected by ‘car buffs’ who know what future collectors will value. We asked our members to predict which of this year’s new vehicles will turn heads in the Woodward Cruise of 2035.”
And according to said members, which arrived at their decision from analyzing 13 all or significantly new vehicles for the 2010 model year, the Camaro received top honors. It probably isn’t surprising. The current Camaro has been one of the most hyped cars in recent memory, with a long gestation period and high media profile, starring in numerous movies and TV shows. It also delivers a great blend of acceleration, handling, braking, customizing potential and cool factor for a reasonable price, ingredients that many experts say bode well for future collectibility.
But getting back to the NAHC awards, what is interesting is that past winners, even those cars built within the last 15 years, are already starting to draw collector interest. Those include the 1995 Buick Riviera and Oldsmobile Aurora, 2004 Chrysler 300, the 2005 Ford Mustang and 2008 Dodge Challenger.
It will also be interesting to see, that come 2035, the amount of current generation Camaros will still be on the road in relation to ’69 models, which still rank as one of the most popular enthusiast cars of all time.