When we talk about cars and we say ‘classic car’, we are referring to a ‘collectable’…in other words, we are talking of cars that are considered a collectable and it includes several genres under the umbrella.
Cars considered as Antiques (1880 – 1916)
Antiques when it comes to cars, was used to denote automobiles that were manufactured through 1916 when the automobile industry had just started to grow. These antique cars were originally nothing but “horseless carriages”, steam powered and driven, sometimes even ran on gas combustion or an electric engine.
Vintage Cars (1916 – 1924)
These were crafted somewhere between 1916 and 1924. These cars spoke volumes about comfort, safety and durability. If you are a classic car owner, then you obviously are aware of the fact that you would never want your collectable to get stolen….but, do remember that all evil eyes plot of stealing this pride from you! This article is dedicated to the top 10 classic cars that are stolen in America!
People @ Hagerty Insurance have put together this list that talks of classic cars that are favorites for criminals to steal.
1. Chevrolet Corvette (1966 – 1982)
2. Ford Mustang (1964 – 1969)
3. Chevrolet Impala (1958 – 1967)
4. Chevrolet Camaro (1968 – 1969)
5. Chevrolet Nova (1963 – 1972)
6. Chevrolet Chevelle (1966 – 1973)
7. Chevrolet Monte Carlo (1970 – 1978)
8. Cadillac DeVille (1955 – 1965)
9. Chevrolet Pickups (1950 – 1971)
10. Mercedes Benz 450 (1975 – 1979)
When you look at the above list, it is evident that in the United States of America, Chevrolet seems to be a hot favorite for the criminals! The list here sends out a very fair & clear warning to all Chevy owners in the States that they should perhaps keep their Chevy’s safe and make sure that it has a few extra features for security…not to forget- a fool proof & good insurance!
There are indeed going to be a couple of purists who will argue that a number of names mentioned on this list are newer cars and therefore cannot really be considered as a true classic, however, the representation is pretty good of what the criminals consider to be the most precious or valuable cars. The idea is that any car that is older than approximately 25 years is considered a classic.
What I find extremely interesting in this list, and I’m sure most f you will notice that too…. majority classics mentioned on this list are cars that are somewhat ‘new’. Chevrolet (1950) pickup trucks are the oldest vehicles on this list and majority classics are in the bracket of 1960s to the 1970s.
The truth of the matter is that a classic car is much easier to steal when compared with its modern counterparts. Today, people are stealing classics more often…maybe for joy rides that are damage-inducing, maybe for the fact that the parts of a classic are increasing in demand.
There was a study that stated that almost 43% of classic cars that are stolen in the U.S. are stolen from parking facilities and that makes leaving a classic car out in the open very dangerous!