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]
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:
Dodge Viper SRT10
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.