Domestic vehicles from the 1980s are having a moment. The ‘80s were once considered a low point in the automotive sense, but as nostalgia kicks in— along with the realization that so many American vehicles from that decade are temptingly cheap—and all of a sudden everything from this decade is desirable. The result is people shelling out money in both the auction and private markets, often for more than what the car’s condition should command.
Trucks in particular are selling well but not all are red hot. The car experts at Hagerty® have listed a 1980s truck that would make a prudent buy, one that it’s probably time to sell, and one to wait and see about.
BUY: 1980-86 Ford Bronco
Earlier Broncos have already blown up, so the third-gen model is next in line and overdue for a rise in value. Buyer interest is up 19 percent over the last year and the number bought by Hagerty clients is up 20 percent over the same period. Values haven’t started to rise yet, but they are poised to, so now looks like a good time to scoop one up.
SELL: 1981-86 Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler
CJ-8s appear to have had their time in the sun. While Hagerty Price Guide values rose 60 percent over the past two years, buyer interest is down 16 percent over the past 12 months. At current values they’re no longer quite the temptingly cheap entry into vintage trucks that they were, so CJ-8s seem to be fully priced for now.
HOLD: 1974-83 Jeep Cherokee
Interest turned to Jeeps of all varieties over the past couple of years, but for the original Cherokee the rise is slower than for the more well-known CJs. All metrics of buyer demand are very strong recently, so sellers may want to hold off to see how high the Cherokee can go.
“The fall/winter season is a busy time of year for wildlife. While we always recommend keeping an eye out, your chances of colliding with a wild animal increase from October to January. (In the spring, wildlife collisions also increase between May and June.)
Think it can’t happen to you? Check out the statistics1:
- Every 38 minutes in Canada, there’s 1 collision between a motor vehicle and a wild animal.
- 89% of collisions with wildlife happen on two-lane roads just outside cities and towns.
- 86% of wildlife collisions happen in on warm weather days.
If you’re planning any sort of travel this winter, make sure you’re watching for deer, moose, elk and other wild animals – both big and small.” – SGICanada
For 8 things to keep in mind, follow the link below.
Automobiles often play an important supporting or even starring role in many of our favorite films,
from Bullitt with Steve McQueen to, well, the Disney movie Cars. That’s certainly true of horror and
monster movies as well, and what better time than Halloween to see what some of these scary
movie cars are worth these days. Check out the folks at Hagerty’s iconic creepy car list!
When actress Tippi Hedren drove a 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drop Head Coupe in Alfred
Hitchcock’s 1963 film The Birds, it was already an older model, but still a perfect car for the
California socialite that Hedren plays. Rumor has it that the car used in the film eventually had a
327 Corvette engine dropped into it and was totaled, but in today’s market a freshly restored
example would bring over $400,000.
Like Doc Brown’s DeLorean, the Ghostbusters “Ecto-1” was a heavily modified version of an
existing vehicle, in this case a long-wheelbase commercial chassis 1959 Cadillac built by MillerMeteor.
Barrett-Jackson sold one of the three cars built for the film in 2010 for $88,000, but the one
actually used in the majority of filming would obviously bring more.
Christine, the 1958 Plymouth Fury from the Steven King novel and 1983 John Carpenter film of
the same name about the car that kills people, is perhaps the most famous scary movie car of them
all. A freshly restored red and white ’58 Fury would normally cost over $40,000, although BarrettJackson
sold the real Christine (restored from parts on the cars used in the film) in 2015 for
Kurt Russell’s heavily modified 1971 Chevrolet Nova in Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof was a car
in which the driver couldn’t be killed. While a stock example wouldn’t even set you back 20 grand,
the car used in the film was listed on eBay a few years ago with a “Buy It Now” price of $69,000.
Finally, while Animal House isn’t exactly a horror film, the Deathmobile, (underneath it was the
same 1966 Lincoln Continental used in several other scenes) used in the final parade scene
certainly looks sinister enough. A good example is worth a little under $20,000, and with another
few hundred dollars worth of paper mache, plywood, paint and probably some duct tape, you could
probably have an exact replica done in a weekend.
In the beginning of September, our insurance company MMFI has re-branded and changed their name to MyMutual Insurance.
You may find the press release at their website
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No change to our customers insurance were made. If you are a customer of this company and have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.