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The New Classics?

What if you could buy a vehicle, knowing it would become a classic? With a deep understanding of the market, the collector car experts at Hagerty released their annual list of vehicles that stand out as likely collector cars within the next 25 years. In order to be considered for the “Hagerty Hot List,” the vehicle must be produced within the 2016 model year with an MSRP of less than $100,000.

One Awesome Machine

The best ideas seem to just happen. Like, who would have planned to pair an automobile and an airplane and build something completely different? Gary Corns, of Colorado Auto & Parts in Englewood, Colo., that’s who. The thought came to him while he was digging through a local airplane salvage yard for a completely different project - customizing the company’s 1956 Ford Vanette. The van, used as a rolling billboard for the company, has a tricked out interior that looks like an airplane interior.

A Passion For Classics

Jeff Hoctor loves classic vehicles. It’s a love that runs deep in his family. His dad, Donald Hoctor, started Hidden Valley Auto Parts in Maricopa, Ariz., an auto recycling facility that specializes in classics, in 1961. Donald was a body man and had the idea to buy some property to store and recycle vehicles used for repair. As it turned out, he couldn’t part with the vehicles. “We wanted to keep the cars instead,” explained Jeff. Hidden Valley Auto Parts soon amassed a large inventory of classic vehicles and organically became a large classic specialist, in fact some of the original cars are still around.
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