Jim’s Blog: Three Cars to Watch

It’s November, which means the new year is going to be here before we know it. With it come the annual Arizona auctions, which kick off the collector car market each year in a big way. What cars are going to see increases this year? We’ll have to wait and see, but in the meantime, here are three models I think you should watch going into 2019.

Tri-Five Chevrolet

These cars have been the bread and butter of the American market for decades, but they appeal to a demographic that seems to be more interested in selling them than buying them right now. Prices have started to turn down on these cars — even for great examples — but will that continue? Will new buyers step up and buy these icons, or will prices drop as supply increases? Scottsdale should tell us more.

1973-87 GM Truck

Earlier C-10 pickups, specifically those built from 1967-72, continue to be hot sellers. That has started to raise interest on the next generation of GM pickups as well, both because of their similar simplicity and their slow vanishing act from every street corner in America. They used to be everywhere. Now they aren’t. I’m not sure when that happened. Regardless, the market has started waking up to these Square-Body trucks, and I expect we’ll see growth in interest, prices, and availability in 2019. A good time to buy? Maybe.

C5 Corvette Z06

Starting in 2001, Chevrolet’s Corvette got a performance boost in the Z06. First rated at 385 hp, then at 405 hp in 2002 through 2004, the C5 Z was the hot ticket in Corvettes, and they’re still solid performers with a lot of potential as fun drivers. As Corvette performance continues to evolve, what was yesterday’s top example becomes cheaper and more accessible. If you’re looking for a great all-around driver, 2019 might be your year to pick up a Z06.

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  1. The snow looks lovely and makes everything beautiful and as you experienced Dangerous on N.W. roads. We enjoy spending the winters here in The Valley of The Sun and attending all the auto auctions around Phoenix and the NASCAR races each Spring & Fall. Your Son is a spitting image of the Old Man. Have Fun and enjoy him while you can. I enjoy your articles about your car trips but do not have any old sports cars only a 2002 Miata that is a blast to drive and have not had to repair it in the 5 years of ownership. Merry Christmas!