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If you're looking for the most collectible American-made vehicle on sale right now, you might want to stop by your local Chevrolet dealer. According to the Friends of the National Automotive History Collection, the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro is the most collectible car on sale right now. Each year, members of the organization get together to vote for the single domestically produced car or truck that's bound to be a good return on investment later down the line. There's no arguing that the 2010 Camaro is a hot piece of metal, but we could think of a few other vehicles that could have nabbed the honor.

Such as? We're glad you asked.

If it were us picking, we'd lay a finger on the 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor. With the amount of abuse those trucks are designed to take, we can imagine that the future won't exactly be littered with operational examples, much less show-room quality trucks. Throw the simple fact that Ford will only build a small number of the desert pounders compared to the fleets of Camaro models rolling out of Canada, and you've got an even better case for a future moneymaker. But hey, who are we to argue with the group that picked the Chrysler Sebring Convertible as a winner in 1996? Hit the jump for the full press release.

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[Source: Detroit Public Library]
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Auto Library Friends Pick Chevrolet Camaro as 2010's 'Collectible Car of the Future'

DETROIT, Dec. 9, 2010

From America's new cars and trucks launched in 2010, the Chevrolet Camaro will become the most desired by future car collectors. That is the prediction of the Friends of the National Automotive History Collection (NAHC).

Members of the organization, which supports the world-famous automotive collection at the Detroit Public Library, vote annually to predict the "Collectible Vehicle of the Future" from the year's new American-built cars and trucks. The Camaro was selected from 13 all-new vehicles launched in 2010.
The award will be presented to Chevrolet executives by the Friends of the NAHC at their annual holiday reception on Thursday, December 9 at the NAHC's quarters in the Skillman Branch Library in downtown Detroit.

Charles K. Hyde, chairman of the NAHC Board of Trustees, said "this selection is unique among all the 'Vehicle of the Year' awards, because it is selected by 'car buffs' who know what future collectors will value. We asked our members to predict which of this year's new vehicles will turn heads in the Woodward Cruise of 2035."

"Our mission with the 21st century Chevy Camaro was to draw on the passion and heritage, expressing it in a new and modern car with design, technology and quality to carry the legacy forward," said Tom Peters, Camaro chief designer. "It's simple; the new Camaro puts smiles on the faces of car enthusiasts of all ages."

Previous winners are:
Ford Flex

Dodge Challenger

Dodge Viper SRT10

Pontiac Solstice

Ford Mustang

Chrysler 300

Dodge Viper

Ford Thunderbird

Chrysler Sebring Convertible

Buick Riviera and Oldsmobile Aurora

(None selected from 1997 to 2001)

The NAHC is the world's largest public archive of automotive lore and a treasure for automotive historians, journalists and collectors. Its collection of books, manuals, photos, company histories, and historic documents is open to the public.

The Friends of the Detroit Public Library supports the collection through the NAHC Board of Trustees, which raises funds and provides volunteer assistance.

Information is available from the NAHC at 313-481-1865 or at http://www.detroitpubliclibrary.org/nahc /. The NAHC is in the library's Skillman Branch at 121 Gratiot in downtown Detroit, opposite the People Mover's Cadillac Center station.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      Definitely true. Even the 5.0 Mustang due to volume when considered in ADDITION to the fact that most reputable publications currently put it on the top of the muscle car list and bang for buck (e.g. the now famous M3 vs 5.0 comparo). Still...Camaro's nice.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This group has really picked some terrible cars in the past. 2009 Ford Flex?!? 1995
      Buick Riviera and Oldsmobile Aurora?!?!

      The Pontiacs that people keep referencing are 2009 cars. If this for 2010 cars, the choices are pretty limited: http://research.cars.com/go/crp/buyingGuides/Section.jsp?section=MYP&subject=MYP&story=mypindex&&year=2010

      The Ferrari 458 Italia is definitely at the top of my list for 2010 model year cars.

      For 2011, the CTS-V coupe and wagon would be high up on my list but they have some serious competition.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "I wouldn't pick any American-made new 2010 model as collectible but the Camaro probably is the best choice under those rules."

        I am sure people said the same thing back in the 50s and 60s about the cars of those days.

        Throwing exotics in there is stupid, as they have been collectibles since day one. The point is to try and guess which everyday cars will one day become collectors.

        And, why would you not pick any 2010 American cars as collectible? People are collecting cars made by said brands from the 1980s. Will any of these reach the level of the cars from 40 years ago? Likely not, but there will always be people looking to recapture their youth.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Boss 302, Camaro Z28, Challenger 392, Viper ACR, ZR1, Most anything with Shelby on it... In 30-40 years maybe?

      Camaros are way too common and everyone has a brother in law with one in storage as a 401k.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Would it really kill people to say "Canadian made?" I wonder how many Camaro owners even know where their "American" car is made.

      Besides, Mexico is America too. :D
      • 4 Years Ago
      Autoblogs smugness is almost unbearable. What would AB have picked? The Corolla? Sorry some of us still don't want to drive appliance that constantly have to be recalled.

      When I see a new Camaro in a parking lot I slow down to look at it. That's my test. I could tell you any given day how many Camaros I saw that day. A Toyota or a Honda would have to crash into me before I would notice one.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You didn't read the article did you?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I disagree, I can't really see too many vehicles of this generation being collectible, save for exotics, rarities and low production runs. I highly doubt we'll see a 2010 Camaro SS sell for $100,000 (or the equivalent) in 40 years.

      But, then again, I'm sure that's what they were thinking back in 1969.
        • 4 Years Ago
        In a way, I think you are right. Part of the reason is that the classic car market has grown substantially since the 60s. If everyone in the 60s thought their cars would one day be classics, I would bet they would be more common today and not be selling for 100k on "Barret Jackson".

        There is more appreciation for history today than there was then, so it is my guess that more of today's cars will last longer than the ones in the past, or be hoarded by collectors who think they will be worth a lot one day.

        You also must consider the mileage people are getting out of cars today. 100k is just breaking it in.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Challenger is much more collectible.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Especially given the low volume...

        j/k :P
      • 4 Years Ago
      I actually think that ANY car from this period that still runs will be an at least somewhat collectible oddity in 40 years. Pretty much only preserved cars will still be drivable.

      Think about it. Could you imagine getting an extremely complicated but obsolete electrical and computer system sorted out after it had been sitting in a field exposed to the weather for 25 years? It's not something and any backyard mechanic with a hobby level of expertise will be able to get working again.

      It's really quite sad, the whole restoring a old car experience will be much less accessible,
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey, some people with awfully short memories seem to be forgetting that Camaros were everywhere when they were new back in the 60s and 70s, just because something may be "way too common" now doesn't mean it won't be a collectible.

      I'm still curious how the hell these people actually chose the Ford Flex last year ... Oh well, guess some people think a 75 Country Squire wagon is collectible too.

        • 4 Years Ago
        The reason the old ones are collectible is because a great deal of them were lost to rust. The new Camaros are made with a lot more plastic (especially the interior), so there will likely be more cancer survivors.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I keep thinking the 2006 BMW M coupe will be a collectible. It is certainly a unique looking car and an excellent drivers car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nope there will be people that hang on to the Camaro (or any other modern muscle car) for that reason. The reason the classic muscle cars are worth alot is because they we discarded once the '70s gas crunches hit and made them rare. Cars are horrible investments.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually, sports cars tend to discarded around trees and telephone poles.

        As for investing, I agree in the short term, but you can make some serious bank restoring old cars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't see how anyone can call that 6000 lb monstrosity a good return on investment. Ford does not even release its fuel efficiency. It's most likely worse than 14/18 of its non-SVT brothers. When the economy recovers and gasoline firmly establishes itself above the $4/gallon mark, the resale value of the Raptor will be dropping like a rock. (Pun intended.) Which means even faster than resale values of full-size trucks normally drop (these days you can count yourself lucky if you can get 15K for a five year old full-size truck that you got for 35K back in 2005).
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