It’s sad but true that if you want to know the real value of classic cars, it’s best to turn to criminals. After all, these crooks know exactly what to steal to get the most money to line their pockets and are always looking to make more money.
So you could say that somehow the most stolen cars are also the most popular cars. After all, if they weren’t popular, criminals wouldn’t want to steal them either. So what are the most popular classic cars for criminals to steal? I’m glad you ask. The good folks at Hagerty Insurance have compiled a list of the top 10 most stolen classic cars. These guys make their money insuring classic cars, so when they publish a list like this, they know what they’re talking about.
Here’s what they found from their own data:
1. 1966 to 1982 Chevrolet Corvette
2. 1964 to 1969 Ford Mustang
3. 1958 to 1967 Chevrolet Impala
4. 1968 to 1969 Chevrolet Camaro
5. 1963 to 1972 Chevrolet Nova
6. 1966 to 1973 Chevrolet Chevelle
7. 1970 to 1978 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
8. 1955 to 1965 Cadillac DeVille
9. 1950 to 1971 Chevrolet Pickups
10. 1975 to 1979 Mercedes-Benz 450
When you look at the list, the first thing you notice is that criminals seem to really love their Chevrolets. I just hope they don’t steal their Chevy car repair manual or Chevrolet car repair manual. This is a pretty clear sign that you need to make sure you keep your Chevy safe with extra security features and good insurance.
While some purists may argue that some of those cars are far too new to be considered true classics, it’s still a pretty good representation of what criminals consider to be the most valuable cars. Depending on who you talk to, a classic car can be anything over 25 years old or something much more detailed and specific than that. However, after seeing this list, the savvy consumer might be tempted to buy anything but a Chevy.
It’s also interesting to note that most of these cars appear to be on the newer side. The oldest vehicle on this list was the 1950 Chevrolet pickup, but for the most part, these vehicles appear to be from the 1960s and 1970s. This may indicate that these newer cars are more popular, but it could simply be a sign that there are more new classic cars on the road than really old ones, so criminals can just find and steal them more easily.
Either way, I’m sure I speak for most classic car hobbyists when I say that nothing could be worse than someone stealing your vehicle. Hopefully this list will get you thinking about the security of your own classic car and how you can prevent it from becoming the next vehicle model to top the list.