Think about what got scrap-drived for WWI and WWII.
The worst for me is seeing vintage junkyard photos with stacks of 50s-60s cars that 80% of look better than projects I have had or contemplate doing...
It's all relative though.
My mother-in-law has a late model Explorer ST (or whatever the fancy-fast version is called). Despite being bloated and heavy it's way faster than most pre-2000s vehicles. Including the muscle. Something like a Veloster N likely outscores the top spec muscle in all performance racing related categories...
Later gen Camaros and Mustangs can be very easily made into performers, depending on the kind of performance one wants. The majority of 67 Camaros were grocery spec to start with too after all.
I get it, that the factory didn't provide much if any performance reality options 70s+. In many cases though, they gave us great bones to dress as we want, if we want.
junk, not worth capitalizing.
120 years of automobilia, and you waste time covering this junk merely so you can expand your customer base. How cynical.
To the innocent: Never buy something simply because you can afford it. Save, accrue information, hold out for what you really want. It's always easier to buy than sell. Don't get mired in fourth-tier junk. You'll never be happy. That's why this junk is available. Everything out of Kelley Blue Book is not "classic." Be discerning.
A car's quality inverse proportion to cheesy decals. Get real.
Another example of Hagerty going after State Farm, Allstate, Farmers, Geico, USAA, all of whom cover collector cars.
An interesting aside to this... I repaired and painted a few of these cars back when they were newish. On the GMs each piece of striping had its own part number and could be ordered separately. The Ford products however, only offered the striping as a complete package so a scratched fender repair which would have been maybe $300, stripe included, back in the day on a Trans Am suddenly ballooned to $1300 on a Mustang Cobra. (Or rainbow sided pickup, for that matter) Needless to say, lots of Mustangs either didn`t get repaired or got the rest of their decals stripped off. (Due to the passage of time and deterioration of my memory, the exact details of this tale may not be accurate, or even close to accurate. Please don`t judge me.)