Question of the Month: Will Modern Muscle Ever be as Collectible as Original Muscle?

We’re working on the March/April 2014 issue of ACC this week, and that means it’s time again for our ACC Question of the Month:

Muscle cars died a pretty horrible death in the mid-1970s, and the 1980s, aside from a few shining beacons like the Grand National, 5.0, and ZR-1, weren’t much better for performance. But muscle has come back with a vengence, with modern 400-hp Camaros, Mustangs, and Challengers again roaming the streets, just like they did back in the late ’60s and early ’70s. 

But will this new group of muscle cars, with their A/C and airbags, ever have the same sort of collectible appeal that their older counterparts have today? Is today’s 2006 Z06 Corvette going to be tomorrow’s 1967 427/435 roadster? Is the 2011 Challenger SRT8 the greatest thing since the 1970 Hemi ’Cuda, or is it just a disposable homage? Is a new ZL1 Camaro fundamentally different from a ’70 LS6 Chevelle? Why?

We’ve wrestled with this question before in different ways, both in the print magazine and around the ACC home office. Now it’s time for you to weigh in. Send your thoughts, along with your name and city/state in a comment on this page or in an email to jim.pickering@americancarcollector.com by Friday, January 31. And look for your comments in the next issue of American Car Collector!