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5 Affordable Classic V8 Muscle Cars

By   February 3, 2016

5 Affordable Classic V8 Muscle Car Options

5 Cheaper Classic V8 Muscle Car Options

Owning a classic muscle or pony car is the dream of many a car enthusiast. A machine with plenty of power great styling and a bulletproof drivetrain can be a joy to drive.

The problem is that classic muscle cars are no longer inexpensive, especially the cars with powerful V8 engines. However, there are still a few options if you want that classic car look and feel along with a V8 under the hood.

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5 Affordable Muscle Cars

By   October 28, 2014


is a Affordable Muscle Car

Muscle Cars are fast and fun, but they can get pricey. Many cars from the ’60s or ’70s have gotten out of reach for most buyers. Of course you could purchase a new fire breathing American machine, but that will cost you at least about $30,000 for a new car with a proper V8.

Thankfully, for those that want a cool car with more horsepower than handling (or at least that looks that way) there are a few options. We have put together the below list of 5 affordable muscle cars.

5. 1986 Shelby Charger

In the late ’80s Carroll Shelby decided to tune the Dodge Charger. Of course this was the ’80s and performance figures were much lower than in the classic muscle car era. The Shelby Charger only managed 175 horsepower and it’s styling is very ’80s, however, it is a piece of Shelby history that can be had for hardly any money. With the passing of Carroll Shelby it is possible that even these Chargers will one day fetch much higher prices.

You can find decent cars for as low as $1,500 with $5,000 buying you a very nice example.

4. 1987-1993 Ford Mustang GT 5.0

If you want a Mustang with a big V8, but don’t want to pay too much then the 1987-1993 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 is right for you. The styling may be very ’80s and the horsepower isn’t very high by today’s standards, but they are fairly easy to work on and there are plenty of mods for them. These 5.0s out of the box offer 222 horsepower and a great sound, so they feel fairly fast, but the engines can be modified to get 300 horsepower or more.

Prices of the Fox Body Mustangs are much lower than their 60s and 70s counterparts. You can find running cars as low as $1,500, but we recommend paying closer to $5,000 for a nicer well maintained example as it should require less repair in the future.

3. 1984 – 1988 C4 Chevrolet Corvette

The Corvette is considered by most to be America’s sports car. While not everyone considers it a muscle car, one could argue that with all that horsepower and some of the older cars not having the best handling that it would have to be one. It is course and unrefined in a very American way and all this makes it just a great ride.

While many Corvettes can fetch a good amount of money, if you look for a 1984-1988 C4 Corvette you can find them as low a $3,500 for running cars, but plan to pay closer to $10,000 if you want a well maintained example.

2. 1974 – 1981 Pontiac Firebird

The mid to late ’70s Pontiac Firebirds have iconic styling. What they lack is raw power. Thanks largely to emission regulations the performance was strangled from the muscle car with even the top level Trans-Am only managing 200 horsepower. Still, these cars look the part and they can be modified to add more power.

For a decent example prices range from $4,000 – $20,000 depending on the year and condition.

1. 1970-1977 Ford Maverick

The Ford Maverick has the classic looks of a muscle car that is so desirable. The horsepower is low with the V8 only offering 210 horsepower, but many have modified these cars to have much more power. The Maverick may be a bit more style than substance, but it does offer a muscle car feel for a fraction of the price of the blue chip cars.

You can find decent Ford Mavericks for around $4,000 with nicer examples going for as much as $10,000.


While if your budget is low you won’t be able to find a top tier classic muscle car, these options are fun cars that will give you most of the high performance feel for a fraction of the price. Plus, you never know if any of these will become a top collector car in the future.

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