15 Classic Cars That Millennials Can’t Get Enough Of
Trucks, Trucks and more Trucks
Updated May 28, 2018
Only days ago, we published an article showcasing fascinating kids ideas about futuristic cars. Not one of the six kids drew or thought of a classic sedan or a sports car. All of them were people carriers and “almost-SUVs”. Curious.
But this list here, not linked with that one in any shape or form, compiled by the classic car insurance company Hagerty possibly shows why that is the case. Hagerty compiled a list of most desirable collector cars for the Generation X and Millennials. It is the opposite of what Rimstyle did when asking kids of their employees to draw futuristic cars.
As Hagerty rates the market with a mark from 0 to 100, they published a list of cars that scored from 89 to 96. In essence – highly desirable. We have 15 of them. 11 of which are trucks and SUV precursors!
Ferrari cars? No!
? Hell yes!
Enjoy the list:
1973-1987 Chevrolet C/K Series Pickup
The Chevy C/K truck is, according to Hagerty, the most desirable classic car vehicle on earth. At least for the Generation X and Millennials. It may be that many of them actually grew up with one parked outside their house.
The other reason may be the sheer appeal of the simple mechanics, trusty engines and raw, honest driving characteristics that set the Chevrolet C/K series apart. Parts? Cheap and plentiful. That has something to do with this truck being number one.
1945-1968 Dodge Power Wagon
Dodge Power Wagon is the oldest vehicle on this list. As one of the vehicles rooted in the tech developed for military vehicles of the WW2, the 1945 Dodge Power Wagon looks nice and more importantly, is incredibly reliable. Competing with military-based trucks produced by Ford and GMC at the time, the Dodge Power Wagon became the first civilian AWD offered in the States in 1946.
As soldiers had a fantastic experience with Dodge-built military trucks during the war, they sought after the same vehicle for daily use during peace. Thousands literally asked Dodge to make them much the same car. And Dodge obliged. The Dodge Power Wagon was born. Dodge brochure for the car from the time says: “Its development ranges from the battlefields to the fields of peace!”
Heck, I want it now too.
1976-1986 Jeep CJ-7
Third most desirable classic car for the Generation X and Millennials as per Hagerthy is the Jeep CJ-7. Produced from 1976 to 1986, it is arguably the first Jeep vehicle directly linked with the wartime Willys but thoroughly adjusted for daily use and for the civilian commute. The car was offered with optional, then new Quadra-Trac all-wheel-drive system. Jeep additionally offered a part-time two-speed transfer case as well as some luxuries for the higher-trim models such as the Renegade and the Laredo.
With its 11-year production run, Jeep produced 379,299 units. It really was the off-road vehicle of the time, a dream for all the Generation X and Millennials for sure.
1993-2002 Pontiac Firebird
You may be surprised by this one, but the 1993 Pontiac Firebird is all the rage for classic car lovers. Sure, this one was not praised for reliability, nor for its interior luxuries, but all the youngsters from the Nineties liked its exterior and it was properly fast with its high-end versions. Younger buyers do really like this one a lot. And it is an affordable machine to have, although I am not sure if one could call it a classic car in any capacity.
Its top end version called the Firehawks (tuned up by SLP) and sold through only a number of dealerships, was among the fastest cars of the time. With 330hp and Z tire rating, they were faster than any muscle car back then.
1994-1996 Chevrolet Impala SS
As the most extreme interpretation of the Impala full-size sedan, the Impala SS badge was resurrected for the two-year production run from 1994 to 1996. Although based on the concept revealed two years earlier with the 8.2-liter motor, the mass production 1995 Impala SS featured a 5.7-liter LT1 derived from the Corvette. The engine had been slightly returned and gained cast iron cylinder heads instead of aluminum ones.
With 260hp it was a sleeper sedan for sure. Callaway tuned model with 404hp was all the rage back in the day. Now, however, Generation X and Millennials want the original in pristine condition. Chevrolet produced 69,768 units during the two-year production run.
1973-1979 Ford F-Series
Ford F-Series trucks have been among the best selling vehicles in the world and the best selling vehicles in the US for decades. One of their grandfathers reached the Hagerthy list of classic cars Generation X and Millennials love. This particular truck sparked the American craze for the Ford F-Series trucks. It was the best selling pickup in America since 1977.
Sixth-generation Ford F-Series truck introduced us to the F-150 model – the one to become the best selling vehicle in the country. It remained there to this day. Pristine and meticulously maintained models are highly collectible and valuable.
1960-1966 Chevrolet C/K Series Pickup
As far as trucks go, the C/K series from Chevrolet is among the most popular on the market. Even the sub-45-year-old buyers, the ones whose classic sweethearts we are depicting here, enjoy them – either in their original form or as modified monsters. The C/K started the whole Chevrolet pickup uprising with its appealing styling, independent front suspension and lowered ride height.
Street cred, powerful aftermarket network and a bunch of highly skilled mechanics definitely make the Chevrolet C/K series pickups desirable. Younger buyers adore them, but older too.
1994-2004 Ford Mustang
This is the Mustang that saved Mustang. At a time when Ford execs had a discussion to discontinue the model, this cheap, fairly modern, (and then) “New Edge” Mustang came to revitalize the whole nameplate. And it did it in great fashion as it became one of the most popular cars of the Nineties. Heck, it was the one to successfully complete the Mustang transition from an old simple muscle car to a car desirable by modern buyers. And then, there was the Cobra.
With engines producing near 400hp, it was the first Mustang in a long time to give a sense of what is a proper pony car. No wonder that it is one of the most sought after vehicles right now.
1966-1977 Ford Bronco
Another Ford. Ninth place on the Hagerthy list is occupied by the acclaimed, brilliant and famous Ford Bronco. We may call it the first compact SUV Ford ever produced as it measured in length at just over 150 inches. The original had fantastic four by four drive impervious to problems. It only made the Bronco more desirable. Right now, the car enjoys the fame original designers definitely never thought possible.
With the new model just around the corner (in 2019), the original Ford Bronco will become even more popularized. After all, some report that for the past three years the prices for the Bronco increased by massive 25 percent.
1978-1979 Ford Bronco
The second generation of the Ford Bronco was equally desirable. What is more, based on the F-series truck architecture, the second generation was much bigger compared with the original. On the other hand, second Bronco survived on the market for only two years. It shared many of its components with the F-100 trucks but also sported standard part-time four-wheel drive and a New Process 205 gear-driven transfer case.
Ford Bronco uses one of two different V8 motors – 5.8L 351M and the 6.6L 400.
This generation popularized the car further giving the Generation X and the Millenials something to dream about. Now, they can afford it. And they do afford it.
1981-1986 Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler
CJ-8 Scrambler wasn’t exactly a hit back in the day. Yet, for buyers of today, this oddball Jeep definitely is something cool and appealing. All with the ostentatious details such as the extreme striping or that senseless wood trim on the bed.
Hagerty reports that younger buyers of today do really like the prospects of the Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler. So much so in fact that the Jeep plans to reveal a new one in 2019. Nevertheless, the CJ-8 Scrambler from the Eighties is the one to have.
1969-1972 Chevrolet K5 Blazer
Built on a full-size truck platform, the Chevrolet K5 Blazer was the precursor of the segment second generation Ford Bronco was yet to thread on. Sporting V6 and V8 motors, the Blazer was available with two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive systems.
Now, the Blazer is one of the most sought-after classic SUVs. As some of the high-end versions sported air-con and some other luxury amenities, the first Chevrolet Blazer became one to dominate the market Ford and Dodge basically controlled.
1981-1993 Dodge Ramcharger
This was the one to compete with the Ford Bronco and the Chevrolet Blazer. Dodge Ramcharger sports rather unique exterior looks and, possibly, the most luxurious cabin of the three. As is the case with the Blazer and the second generation Bronco, the Dodge Ramcharger uses a pickup truck chassis.
Thanks to that cool Eighties looks, cool luxurious interior features and comprehensive off-road equipment, the Ramcharger is a no-brainer when it comes to awesome classic cars. Obviously, young buyers do like it a lot.
1967-1972 Ford F-Series
The list is graced with yet another Ford. Not only that but at the 14th place, we have F-Series pickup trucks of the fifth generation. I already mentioned the sixth generation which Hagerty placed as the sixth most sought after classic car by the Generation X and Millennials.
Fifth generation car generously used mechanics from the previous Ford truck, but it linked it with the new styling that has led the Ford truck future for decades.
This car is still good enough to be daily driven if maintained well.
1993-1998 Toyota Supra
Finally, the last car on our list is a fantastic Japanese gem – the Toyota Supra A80. Now, we do know this car has been a tuner heaven with massive tuning potential, an exceptional drivetrain that can support far more power than what Toyota originally provided with and it looks fine too.
Back in the day, the 320hp Toyota Supra with the twin-turbocharged three-liter V6 was powerful enough to shame almost all sports cars out there – including the Corvette and the 911.
Right now, clean examples without any mods and with the manual fetch prices of more than $100,000 at auctions. This really is one of the most in-demand classics.