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Classic cars are a desirable piece of history. Stylish cruisers from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s are full of character and do a great job engaging the senses. It is no wonder that folks from different generations head to classic vehicle buying websites daily to find their dream machines. Younger collectors are particularly excited about affordable classic cars. However, larger, traditionally less collectible cars have recently started making a comeback. These ‘Big Old Cars’ are gaining interest among those searching

Why are ‘Big Old Cars’ gaining popularity?

Series 62 is One of the ‘Big Old Cars’ Gaining Interest Among Those Searching
Cadillac Series 62 | Getty Images

According to, the “Big Old Cars” share the acronym “BOC” with a legitimate origin. When General Motors sectioned itself into brands, “Buick-Oldsmobile-Cadillac” received the shorthand moniker BOC. However, the public has since unlovingly converted the term to “Big Old Cars.”

That is a shame, though, considering how much character these vehicles have. Andy Reid, market analyst and regional director for, explained why these cars are exceptional. “These are truly great cars, built at a time when America was, in fact, building some of the greatest cars in the world,” Reid said.

The BOCs are making a comeback, though. Reid says that younger collectors are attracted to the affordability of the classics, as well as the aesthetics. He points out that the most sought-after examples are the late 1960s and early 1970s models.

Which models are likely to keep gaining interest?

Reid asserts that the late 1960s and early 1970s Cadillacs are gaining popularity. Additionally, he emphasizes that younger collectors are tempted by asking prices as low as $20,000 for the classics. The range does not stop there, though.

Reid brings up the Series 61 and 62 Cadillacs as an example of models with increasing popularity. “Their affordability to buy has made them more desirable to a whole new generation of collectors,” Reid said.

According to, Cadillac built the Series 61 on and off from 1939 to 1951. A long body with classically rounded curves characterizes the Series 61. The BOC was available from Cadillac with two or four doors and in a myriad of conservative color pallets. Cadillac produced the Series 62 models from 1940 through 1964. The later Cadillacs changed the mold, featuring a long, finned body and available pastel colors.

How popular are the ‘Big Old Cars’ becoming?

Series 62 is One of the ‘Big Old Cars’ Gaining Interest Among Those Searching
Cadillac Series 62 | Marc Deville, Getty Images states that all three of the manufacturers in the BOC family are gaining searches. Cadillac reportedly climbed up to number eight on the site. Additionally, Buick climbed to seventeenth, and Oldsmobile rose to eighteenth. The searches included vehicles of all models and years.

Classics from the 1960s and 1970s are the most searched for, according to

Not surprisingly, inquiries on continue to be dominated by pony cars and muscle cars. The most popular culprits are from the late 1960s and early 1970s, before the oil crisis. Number one on the March model-specific list is the 1969 Ford Mustang, followed by the 1967 model of the same vehicle. The exception to this rule is the mid-1950s Chevrolet BelAirs.


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