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Each generation’s favourite classic cars – David Zenlea @Hagerty

Each generation’s favourite classic cars – David Zenlea @Hagerty


Want to know something kids today can’t get enough of? Dogs. Especially really cute ones with sad eyes. Gen-Zers are also into—get this—hot drinks on cold days. Some like cilantro, but others hate it. Spend enough time on TikTok and you’ll get the sense that many teens—gosh, this is so weird—crave the approval and affection of others.

OK, I’ll stop. My point, in case all that wasn’t obvious enough, is that lots of people tend to be into lots of the same stuff, regardless of age. The ballyhooed “generation gap,” although grounded in certain realities of our fast-changing world, is largely a figment of marketers’ imagination.

Hagerty’s demographic data tell a similar story. When someone calls us about insurance on a particular car, we ask for basic details like their age. Since we get thousands upon thousands of these calls every year, we have a pretty solid sense of what enthusiasts in each age group are into. Turns out that whether the caller is 16 or 101 (actual ages of our youngest and oldest callers) there’s a really good chance they’re asking about a Chevrolet Corvette or Ford Mustang.

Of course, there are differences, and we’ll get into some of them below. In the interest of presenting a fuller picture, I’ve shown two metrics for each generation—first, the vehicles that age group calls about the most, and second, the cars for which it represents the highest percentage of interest. The latter metric helps us spot trends early on but it also, in isolation, can be very deceiving. For instance, looking solely at generational share, you’ll see that Gen-Z represents 44 percent of insurance quotes for the 1989–1994 Nissan Laurel. Woah! Before you start filling warehouses with the JDM sedans, though, perhaps I should tell you the raw total of calls that represents: 24. In contrast, some five thousand kiddos called us about Mustangs. (Note: In the interest of avoiding such misrepresentations, I have in the sections below excluded vehicles for which we received fewer than 100 calls from a particular age group.)

Read on to see what each generation craves, but don’t forget the key takeaway: What we share in common far outweighs what separates us.

Pre-baby boomer (1920–1945)

Most-called-about vehicle: 1928–1931 Ford Model A

Highest share of calls: 1950-1953 MG TD

These shouldn’t surprise anyone. Not only are both cars, um, old, but they’re also the two archetypes of the attainable classics favored by younger generations. In the Ford Model A, we have a passenger car that, due to its ubiquity, charisma, and association with a time and a place, found its way into enthusiasts’ hearts. The MG TD, meanwhile, was the sports car that made Americans love sports cars—every Corvette, Miata, and Boxster produced owes it a small debt.

On that note, we all owe a debt to these older collectors. They founded the car-collector hobby and, to a large extent, created car culture as we know it in this country. The greasers who popularized hot rodding, the tweed-wearing East Coasters who brought over British roadsters, our pantheon of American racing greats, including Phil Hill, Carroll Shelby, Dan Gurney, and Mario Andretti—all of them hail from the generation born before 1945, and all continue to resonate today.

This generation also continues to throw a lot of weight around the collector car market. Although its ranks, sadly, are thinning, pre-baby boomers are still more numerous in our insurance quote data than 

Baby boomers (1946–1964)

Most called-about vehicle: 1972–1984 Chevrolet Corvette

Highest share of calls: 1969-1976 Triumph TR6

If you’re reading this article, based on our stats, you’re likely a baby boomer. For all the obsession with the growing youth contingent, baby boomers still represent the lion’s share of interest in cars: Nearly four out of every ten people who called Hagerty for a quote on insurance in the past year come from that generation. This is to a large extent a by-product of wealth—baby boomers control more than 50 percent of it in the United States, per the Federal Reserve—yet there’s no denying that the generation which came of age in the 1960s has a unique connection to the automobile.

When it comes to what these enthusiasts crave most, there’s no contest. It’s all about Corvette. The most-produced Vette, the 1972–1984 C3, naturally tops the list, but the C2, C4, and C5 all make the top ten.

What sets American baby boomer enthusiasts apart, however, is their fascination with British sports cars. The folks who grew up with The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and The Who have a special relationship with the cars from that country. Four out of the ten cars for which Baby Boomers represent the highest share of insurance quotes are Brits, topped by the venerable Triumph TR6.

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Vintage cars draw crowd to sands of Ponce Inlet for annual North Turn Legends Beach Parade – Erica van Buren @DaytonaBeachNewsJournal


PONCE INLET — Dozens of vintage race cars rumbled over the beach at Ponce Inlet on Saturday morning during the 10th annual Historic North Turn Legends Beach Parade

But before the cars got moving on the sand, airplanes from the Whiskey Group out of Spruce Creek flew overhead followed by the national anthem. The 50 classic cars on hand then revved their engines to energize the crowd of about 150 people. 

At 10:30 a.m. the cars made their way north from the beach to South Atlantic Avenue. They traveled south, accessed the beach via the Beach Street ramp and headed north on the sand to complete their lap and exited at the North Turn beach approach.

More than 40 vintage race cars on display in Ponce Inlet during the 10th annual Historic North Turn Legends Beach Parade.

Car owners stood proudly next to their vehicles before the parade kicked off. 

“This is a 1937 Ford Coupe,” said William Bossa, a race participant. “It has a flathead Ford engine. It was built by (retired American race car driver) Tighe Scott as a tribute car to his uncle Vic Caesar.”

Bossa said he enjoys coming to the event every year.

“The weather’s beautiful and I love the fellowship,” he said. “I also enjoy letting people get inside the car. I like helping them understand a little bit more about the history of racing on the beach.”

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Classics I almost bought… but didn’t – Jim Van Orden @Hemmings


[Editor’s note: We’re more than happy to have Jim Van Orden back out of his retirement with some more stories from his lifetime of encounters with cars.]

Classics I almost bought… but didn’t

Remember the cars you wanted to buy—many of which are now “classics”—but didn’t?

There were lots of them in my life…in fact, almost as many as the cars I bought. No sooner had I purchased my first car, a 1951 Mercury, than I lusted after a 1952 Oldsmobile 98.

It was faster than the Mercury because it sported a 1959 Oldsmobile V-8 displacing 394 cubic inches. Its owner claimed it had a 1939 La Salle three-speed transmission. On the test drive, shoulders pressed into the seat, the torquey V-8 lifted the front end and tires burned holes in the pavement.

“Double-clutch!” the owner yelled as I attempted to shift into second, grinding noises joining his curses. It was obvious the tranny’s synchronizers were shot.

Knowing a little about double-clutching, I made several attempts and finally got the shift lever, which flopped side to side, into gear. The car lurched again and snapped our heads. The owner’s expletives convinced me this wasn’t the car for me.

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Classics I almost bought… but didn’t

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