Some classic automobiles are currently among the most expensive vehicles in the world. But were they always that costly? Some cars were a real bargain when they were launched and we believe that even their manufacturers didn’t expect them to reach their current price tags.
Here is the price evolution of several models that we all would like to have in our garage…
The 1950s — Golden Age for the U.S. Automotive Industry
Chevrolet Bel Air
Launched in 1955, the Chevy Bel Air is a beautiful vehicle that catches the eye even to this day. At the time, it was sold for the amazing price of $1,987 and buyers could choose one of the following variations — two-doors, convertible, and four-door sedan. Today, the vehicle costs around $49,600 and is highly sought after by collectors.
Labeled “the most beautiful thing on wheels” from several renowned automotive critics from the ’50s, the Pontiac Catalina used to cost $2,217. Modern-day buyers can acquire this powerful and dashing vehicle for a little less than $38,000.
The Dodge Coronet was a stylish full-size car with a reasonable price tag of $1,927. Buyers could enjoy enough leg room without breaking the bank. The vehicle could be found in several body styles, from a chic convertible to two and four-door sedans. Nowadays, you can get one for an estimate of $10,200.
Some Classic Cars Cost More Than Modern Exotic Vehicles
Oldsmobile 88 Fiesta
With its sleek and elegant design, the 88 Fiesta was a head-turner during the 1950s. It had many advanced features for its time and was fun and comfortable to drive but only a few of them were made. That’s why this super-rare wagon currently holds a price tag that revolves between $200,000 and $220,000, which is way more than its original price of $3,541.
Some classic cars are much more valuable than their modern counterparts, so the next time you walk past one, stop and admire it because you may be looking at a treasure on wheels.