Are rubber nose camaro values going up?

Discussion in '1978 - 1981 Specific' started by Kjellian, Sep 18, 2017.

  1. Zulu28

    Zulu28 Veteran Member

    Dec 19, 2013
    Vancouver, BC
    Agree on all of the above, I'm fast learning what my project is going to cost, I know what I want so I'm going to build be damned, Build it and love it to death says me!!
  2. Oldskool62

    Oldskool62 Member

    Sep 29, 2017
    You got it. No point owning something that you kinda like.
  3. serpent710

    serpent710 Veteran Member

    I bought my car and brought it up to par because when I was growing up I had a poster of the exact same car that I looked at my whole childhood. When I got to the point in my life were I could finally buy my dream car (I don't dream to big lol) I jumped on the chance. Now every time I get behind the wheel or even just tinker with it I feel like I am 18 again, For that reason I will never sell it and don't care of the value.
  4. zfool

    zfool Veteran Member

    May 19, 2014
    Rochester, MN
    When we bought this 4 spd deluxe with AC in 1986 for $2400.00 and sold it 9 years later for $6500.00 we were convinced they would never be worth more than 10K. I’ll never say never. But they made a ton of the 78-81 cars. They got abused and scrapped at a higher rate than the 67-73 cars tho.

  5. badazz81z28

    badazz81z28 Veteran Member

    May 4, 2001
    Las Vegas, NV
    ^^^I bet you're kicking yourself now...If this site lives long enough.....lets look back at this post in 15 years. I would bet when the 1980 Camaro is 50 years old, it won't be comparable to a 1969 Camaro of today by a long shot. Seeing a first gen >20 years old bring $2400 when it was about that new in the 60s says a lot! That's like a used 1980 Camaro brining $10K in 1997 and $20K in 2008. You would be hard pressed to get $10K today and in pristine condition being 38 years old. I see a 2002 SS Camaro holding more value then any 74-81 Camaro.
  6. 70-SS/RS-L78

    70-SS/RS-L78 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Mar 19, 2003
    Phila area
    I think a lot has to do with what people can relate to during their youth, When I was in school the parking lot was full of 60 and 70 muscle cars, In my 20's the late Gen-2 Z28's and TA's were real popular and they were everywhere. A lot of people have raised their families and are done with the college tuitions and basically want to relive their youth by owning a car that they always wanted or owned and sold while growing up and going through life. I had a 81 Z28 as a daily driver that was stolen and I always wanted another one like it. The 69's do nothing for me. As for the 70 Camaro I have always loved them and owned a bunch of them.. I owned a few 70 Cudas and a 70 RT Convertible, Hell I even a had 69 Mach-1 for a week, I couldn't get rid of that POS fast enough, Had a 83 Z, an 87 5.7 IROC but I Always went back to my first love... the Gen-2 Camaro......

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  7. slayer021175666

    slayer021175666 Veteran Member

    Feb 29, 2016
    In the late 80s-early 90s, you could have a pretty bad ass rubber bumper from a car lot for 2500 or 3000. Now, they ask 5 or 6000. I'd say they're going up but, not nearly what the 70-73s are. Hold onto it, though. The more that get crushed, the more rare they get. Also, I think other generations will continue to like them. I'm always getting compliments from teens and tweens, myself. In my experience, they seem to love them as much as we do.
  8. diablonut59

    diablonut59 Member

    Aug 9, 2013
    detroit, michigan
    Totally agree with you. I've been restoring "old cars" for 30+ years for all sorts of owners. I've seen this industry from 1985 to now and it's just crazy. Like any good thing, it won't last forever. Most of the really good investment cars, low mile, documented, etc. will be in rich collectors storage facilities and some museums. It will leave I think, 60-70% of any of these old cars in limbo being sold off by people inheriting them from whomever for quick money. If they can sell them with the new advances in transportation. Huge changes coming and anything old will not have a place on the road. 20-30 years tops and not many people will care about them. Younger people seem to only care about their new technology toys and such. Good luck to all these rich people dropping the huge bucks as seen on auctions. Especially the likes of the rich persons car circus called Barret Jackson. The real recipients of the good fortune and money income are not owners but the people who make money providing goods and services.
  9. badazz81z28

    badazz81z28 Veteran Member

    May 4, 2001
    Las Vegas, NV
    ^^ Yup, my kids are more interested in the Xbox then their car in the garage...Me personally, I like my 70 but the modern cars are so awesome! The modern stuff and now unlike in the 80s and 90s have big horsepower again.
  10. slayer021175666

    slayer021175666 Veteran Member

    Feb 29, 2016
    I couldn't sell mine. Besides, nobody owns "Baby" ANYWAY! She's her own free person!:D
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2018

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