1958 Buick Limited Convertible
As with the other models included in this list, this classic Buick Limited convertible from the 1950's was chosen by experts at Auctions America by virtue of its desirability and potential for high regard.
General Motors slathered this unique and exceptionally rare ragtop with excessive amounts of chrome and it is said to have more square inches of chrome than any other American vehicle from the same era.
In pristine condition, expect one of these classic cars to command between $90,000 and $120,000.
1965 Buick Riviera GS
The 1965 Buick Riviera Gran Sport is the most affordable model in this list of collectible classic cars. This huge “Riv” coupe is an elegant luxury sports sedan that was an incredible performer in its heydays.
It was powered by a 425 engine rated at 360 hp and 465-lbs.ft. of torque at 2,800 rpm. The engine is mated to an improved transmission called the Super Turbine 400.
The car’s most distinctive features are the stacked headlights hidden under retractable chrome covers. Expect this car to be valued at around $40,000 to $60,000.
1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz
This palatial Eldorado has been cited as one of the most modish American convertibles from the ’50s.
Standard equipment included a six-way power front seat, power door locks, power windows, fog lamps, air-assisted suspension, heater, radio with a rear speaker, and whitewall tires.
The car is powered by the top Q-code 390 cubic inch V8, which cranked out 345 horsepower and mated to a 4-speed Hydra-Matic Drive automatic transmission.
The Biarritz is expected to command between $100,000 and $200,000.
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS-6
This is the ultimate muscle car that ruled American roads.
It is powered by a 450 horsepower engine bolted to either the 3-speed M40 Turbo Hydra-Matic automatic or the Muncie M22 “Rock Crusher” close ratio 4-speed manual.
The exterior of the Chevelle featured sculptured lines above the wheel openings and a blacked out grille that was split horizontally and dominated by a huge SS emblem in the center.
Cowl Induction hood, hood pins and “Stereo Stripes” all formed part of the Chevelle’s muscular look. The car is valued at about $75,000 to $100,000.
1955 Chrysler C-300 Coupe
The C-300 coupe is Chrysler’s first muscle car and the first mass-produced 300-horsepower car in America.
highlighted Chrysler’s excellent engineering reputation and was a showroom attention-getter that was instrumental in helping the lesser models to sell.
It was powered by a race-style version of Chrysler’s new “Hemi” V-8 rated at 180 horsepower.
Only white, black and red paint was available, and the few added perks included a heater, a radio, power steering, power seats, power windows, tinted glass and wire wheels.
The C-300 is one of a handful of classic cars with a good future market potential and is valued between $80,000 and $120,000.
1947 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible
Chrysler sold more non-wagon woodies than any other automaker in 1946 to 48, majority being convertibles and the most popular of its lineup was the 1947 Town & Country.
Although there wasn’t really much competition: just Nash’s Suburban sedan and the Ford/Mercury Sportsman convertibles, the ragtop Town & Country led the way not only in sales but in effectively combining vault-like solidity with sporty elegance and loads of glitter.
This big Chrysler is one of the more expensive classic cars in this list, valued at around $100,000 to $150,000. It has been cited as “a superb open-air woody tourer” that’s seeing an uptick in value.
1966 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350
The 1966 Mustang GT350 was the lightest and smallest in the GT 350 lineup.
The cars are frequently called “Cobras”, which were the two-seat sports cars also built during the same period by Shelby American.
Power comes from the K-Code 4.7 liter engine which was modified to raise power output from 271 to 306 hp.
The GT350 is highly regarded as an open-road touring car that handles corners just as well as it accelerates on highway straightaways.
Its estimated price tag of $140,000 to $160,000 exemplifies its desirability in the collectors’ market.
1959 Fiat Jolly
Only a handful of Fiat Jollys were produced and fewer remain in existence.
These classic cars were basically Fiat 600s equipped with wicker seats along with an optional fringed top for the rich and famous who may want to use the cars on their luxury yachts for dockside transport.
The Jolly is also perfect for leisure duties on golf course greens and upscale resorts. It is considered a micro-car powered by two-cylinder 497cc engines which deliver a precarious top speed of 55 mph.
Owing to their rarity, the cars are currently commanding about $50,000 to $100,000.
1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442-W-30 Convertible
The 1970 Oldmobile Cutlass 442 convertible is a favorite among avid collectors of classic cars because of its stylish design, remarkable performance and limited production.
Moreover, the W-30 package provides the best in Oldsmobile performance. The car is among the most powerful production Oldsmobiles ever produced.
The 370 hp from its 455 engine is impressive, but what’s truly amazing for those who have driven it is the 500 lb-ft of torque. The only other car from that era to match such torque figure was the 1970 Buick GS.
Even today, only a handful of naturally aspirated cars can equal or exceed the 500 lb-ft of the 1970 W-30. If you want one, prepare to shell out between $75,000 and $150,000.
1959 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible
The Bonneville played a significant role in the introduction of two of Pontiac’s best marketing inspirations — the wide Track slogan and the split grille.
The car also boasts of having what has been cited as the finest dashboard and interior of any American car from the 1950's.
Moreover, given its vintage, the bold and big Bonneville afforded proud owners an open-air experience with an astounding array of contemporary auto amenities.
The car is projected to command anywhere between $100,000 and $150,000.