‘Big Old Cars’ attract interest from those looking for ClassicCars.com
There was a time when General Motors subdivided its management hierarchy beyond its various brands. One of these groupings was known as “BOC”. Officially, BOC was shorthand for Buick-Oldsmobile-Cadillac, divisions that shared common vehicle components and were therefore encouraged to work together on vehicle development and production.
Unofficially, BOC has been derided as “Big Old Cars”.
But instead of making fun of these vehicles, they are increasingly being chased and driven by people looking for vehicles on the ClassicCars.com marketplace.
In recent months, these old BOC vehicles have been climbing the list of most wanted vehicles on the online sales site. In March, Cadillac was eighth, Buick 17th and Oldsmobile 18th among searches for vehicles of all years and models.
“Over the past four years or so, many class B, O, C cars had gone down a lot in value, especially the more standard models, and prices for those cars had come down a lot,” noted Andy Reid, ClassicCars.com market analyst and editor. Chief of the East Coast. “A good example are the Cadillac Series 61 and 62 cars.
“These are truly great cars, built at a time when America was actually building some of the greatest cars in the world. Their affordability made them more desirable for a whole new generation of collectors.
“This is even truer for Cadillacs built in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The fact that a young collector can pick one up for less than $20,000 is worth a try.
On this all-year search, Chevrolet continues to be No. 1, followed by Ford, Mustang, Chevrolet C-10 pickup trucks, and Dodge.
We also track searches by those looking for particular year brand model activities and again in March #1 was the 1969 Ford Mustang and #2 was the 1967 version of that same car.
There was little movement on this list, although the 1967 Chevrolet Impala fell from fifth place in February to third in March, and the 1969 Dodge Charger fell from sixth to fourth. Two Chevrolets lost a few places, the 1964 Impala and the 1969 Camaro.
Consistently, and with the exception of the mid-1950s Chevrolet BelAir, searches for make-of-the-year models are dominated by those looking for cars produced in the 1960s and very early 1970s. At any given time, there are approximately 30,000 vehicles advertised for sale on ClassicCars.com.
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