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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 Mid-Engine Sports Cars

By   October 31, 2014

Some Affordable Mid-Engined Sports Car

Some Affordable Mid-Engined Sports Car

From a racing stand point most would concur that a mid-engine layout is best. While there have been many successful front and rear engined racing machines, most of the greatest had that power plant between the axles.

This is why companies like Ferrari, Lamborghini and McLaren have their supercars using a mid-engined layout. But what if you want that supercar feeling at a fraction of the price? Well, below is our list of 5 affordable mid-engine sports cars.

5. Pontiac Fiero

The Pontiac Fiero was GMs attempt to sell a mid-engined sports car (or should I say economy car with some sportiness). While the Fiero won’t win many races they can be fun cars to own and drive. Parts are relatively easy to find and the on-line community is one of the best out there.

Finding a Fiero in good condition has become a challenge. Many have been used as the base for Lamborghini and Ferrari replicas and others have been wrecked. You can find plenty of good examples in the $3,000 – $10,000 range. If you want a nice driver that is well maintained $5,000 appears to be the sweet spot.

4. Toyota MR2

The Toyota MR2 is a very affordable option for a mid-engined car. The performance of the non-turbo cars isn’t the greatest, but they are fairly dependable and can handle well on a twisty road.

If you look for the ’80s and early ’90s cars you can find plenty of good ones for under $10,000. We’ve seen cars as low as $1,500, but if you can get a budget of about $5,000 you should have plenty of well maintained examples to choose from.

3. Porsche Boxster

The Porsche Boxster has grown into quite a good performing sports car. Even the early cars have great handling and decent straight line performance. By today’s standards they aren’t the fastest, but they aren’t slow either.

You can buy the first generation (986) for less then $10,000 and that is for a well maintained car. When buying a higher end car like a Porsche just keep in mind that repairs can get pricey quickly, so buy the best one you can afford.

2. Porsche 914

The Porsche 914 is a great handling little roadsters. They are fun to drive and easy to maintain (at least once you get to the engine), thanks to their Volkswagen running gear (for the non 914/6).

Prices of 914s are on the rise as of late, but you can still find the 1.7-liter and 1.8- liter cars for under $10,000. The 2.0-liter cars are more sought after, so if you want a good example of that you will probably have to pay closer to $10,000-$20,000. We’ve seen good 1.7s go for as low as $3,500. With an early car like this maintenance is the key and keep an eye out for rust.

1. Ferrari Dino 308 GT4

The Ferrari Dino 308 GT4 is a 2+2 sports car with a mid-mounted 3.0-liter V8. The car was originally sold as a Dino, but in 1976 it came under the Ferrari umbrella. These are fun good handling cars and they are a bargain by Ferrari standards.

Prices for decent 308 GT4s range in the $15,000-$35,000 range. But keep in mind that repairs can be costly on these cars and stay away from rusty examples. These are not always the most reliable cars, so they are more of a fun weekend cruiser rather than an everyday car.

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5 Affordable Muscle Cars

By   October 28, 2014

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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.

Conclusion

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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