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Old 08-25-2010, 01:01 PM
 
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If you want to know the answer to this, go to auto trader classics and pick a class of cars that will give enough returns like 1955-1961 Chevrolet. Then select a city and a radius and see how many cars there are for sale. For the above search, 250 mile radius here are the results: LA 75, Chicago 105, NYC 42, Cincinnati 68, Atlanta 63.

That tells me the midwest is the place. Not so much in the east coast.
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Old 08-25-2010, 01:21 PM
 
Location: Pikesville, MD
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Can't remember the last time I saw any of these around here, under their own power that is. Heck, can't remember the last time I saw one in a junkyard either. The closest I can come is an early Datsun, looks like a Bluebird 1200, that a local collector has squirreled away. I'd say the mileage can be measured in yards not miles..
Yeah, when I moved over to the east coast in '99, I was shocked at how bad the condition of relatively late model cars was, and the near total lack of cars over about 15 years old on the raods. After I got married here and took my wife back to Seattle a few years ago (she's from CT originally) she was shocked to see daily drivers of cars that simply don't exist over here on the east coast due to rust. Like my sister's pair of '70s Civics. Nothing special, just regular drivers.

But just look at this sort of thing from where I grew up:

1975 chevy luv truck (http://seattle.craigslist.org/tac/cto/1913410899.html - broken link)

seattle cars & trucks - all classifieds "LUV" - craigslist

seattle cars & trucks - all classifieds "datsun" - craigslist

I changed over to Portland, Oregon, set a single year (1970) and checked what came up. A surprising cross section:

portland cars & trucks - all classifieds "1970" - craigslist
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Old 08-25-2010, 02:38 PM
 
Location: United States
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In a California you may find a solid decent running car from the 60's for $2500. , here in the rust belt that same car would be triple that. Supply & demand. No supply of old cars here due to bad weather and rust. High demand for solid rust free classics.
West Coast is where I see the most of them.
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Old 08-25-2010, 04:20 PM
 
Location: South Jersey
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They are all over the country.. You just won't see em driven every day. They are tucked away in garages and will come out for cruises and shows on the summer weekends. I will see hundreds of classics next weekend in fact.
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Old 08-26-2010, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Pikesville, MD
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They are all over the country.. You just won't see em driven every day. They are tucked away in garages and will come out for cruises and shows on the summer weekends. I will see hundreds of classics next weekend in fact.
This is true on the east coast, but not on the west coast.
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Old 08-26-2010, 08:49 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Back when I lived in Arizona, there were lots of older (80's) cars on the road as daily drivers. Even 70s and late 60s vehicles were common.
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Old 08-26-2010, 09:14 PM
 
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anywhere outside the rust belt you will find more older model/classic cars in decent shape
I wouldn't say that's 100% true. In the rust belt, they are just garaged during the winter. I live in Iowa and see plenty of classic cars out and about during the summer months.
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Old 08-26-2010, 09:16 PM
 
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The northwest has old 1960s and 1970s pickups everywhere and the western midwest has lots of old 1960s and 1970s pickups and cars.
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Old 08-27-2010, 05:13 AM
 
Location: Earth
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In a California you may find a solid decent running car from the 60's for $2500. , here in the rust belt that same car would be triple that. Supply & demand. No supply of old cars here due to bad weather and rust. High demand for solid rust free classics.
West Coast is where I see the most of them.
I've never been to Cali so I can't really say...but looking thru the Craigslist ad's that Merc63 posted, it appears that Oregon and Washington both have some nice older classics that the prices seemed too good to be true. What some of the prices were on some of those 1970 vehicles you'd easy pay double that around where I used to live in N.C.....of course provided the cars in the ads themselves aren't really bondo buckets.
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Old 08-27-2010, 10:14 AM
 
Location: United States
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I wouldn't say that's 100% true. In the rust belt, they are just garaged during the winter. I live in Iowa and see plenty of classic cars out and about during the summer months.
But many of these old cars in the midwest have been through restoration, not all but probably 90% of them, or they were purchased out west.
Every time I go to CA i see lots old daily drivers around. It's pretty common out there. They are not restricted in the winter, as they basically have no winter compared to us.
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