It’s not always easy to make the right investments, with no shortage of advice and factors to consider. However, when it comes to making a fun investment, a classic muscle car feels like the perfect fit. Now, a new report indicates that the 1969 through 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge might be the way to go in that regard.
According to Hagerty, the 1969 through 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge was among the top five vehicles with the biggest gains in value over the course of the first quarter of the 2023 calendar year. Per the Hagerty report, the 1969 through 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge showed a 36-percent increase in value during the time period. The report states that the impressive 36-percent value increase is specific to models equipped with the high-performance Ram Air IV engine.
Apparently, the muscle car market has been highly volatile and nuanced this year, with some models showing an impressive increase in value, and other models actually decreasing in value. However, with regard to the 1969 through 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge, examples tended to exceed their condition-appropriate price guide estimates.
According to Hagerty, high-spec models in exceptional condition continue to command strong prices in the collector market. However, Hagerty also indicates that it’s unclear what the muscle car market may look like in the future, as the mix of overall prices could indicate that the segment is approaching something of a price peak.
Production of the Pontiac GTO began in 1963, with the second generation lasting between 1968 and 1972. The judge model was introduced for 1969. The Pontiac GTO nameplate is credited with originally popularizing the muscle car segment.
The other models listed in the report include the 1968 through 1973 Mercedes-Benz 220 (up 40 percent in value), the 1962 through 1972 Ford F-Series pickup (of 37 percent in value), the 1946 through 1948 Pontiac Streamliner (of 35 percent in value), and finally, the 1973 through 1980 Ferrari Dino 308 GT4 (up 33 percent in value).