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The iconic Ford Mustang is the most searched-for classic car in the nation, according to a state-by-state report issued by ClassicCars.com.
Ford’s legendary Pony Car ranked first in 13 states, followed by the Chevrolet Impala (seven sates). Chevy’s Camaro came in third with five states, while the Chevy Corvette, Dodge Charger and the Ford Thunderbird each finished first in three states, according to the site, which registers 330,000 searches daily and three million unique monthly visitors.
Among makes, Ford and Chevrolet were evenly split, each ranking first in 20 states, ClassicCars.com reported.
Overall, domestics topped searches in 49 states, with the lone import—Mercedes-Benz—listed as most popular among Connecticut enthusiasts. While American muscle cars led state-by-state searches, trucks topped the list in West Virginia (Chevrolet 3100) and Oklahoma (Ford F1).
U.S.-built vehicles dominated ClassicCars.com’s overall findings, with Mustang generating 3.7 million unique searches in 2016. Among European models, the Volkswagen Bus was of greatest interest with 240,656, while the Datsun 280Z led Japanese models, at 157,265 unique searches.
“Owning pristine collector vehicles—particularly domestic performance and muscle cars—continues to be a passion for many Americans, from the most seasoned collectors to enthusiasts making their first purchase,” said Roger Falcione, president and CEO of ClassicCars.com. “In fact, two vehicles on our list—the Ford Fairlane and Dodge Charger—play prominent roles in The Fate of the Furious, which recently topped $1 billion box office sales worldwide, attest to the international interest in American performance and muscle cars.”
This new report comes as ClassicCars.com builds its presence as a premier source of collector car news and information, data, insight and analysis, as well as an unparalleled selection of for-sale vehicles.