You have the need for speed but you don’t have the big budget for a new American sports car. There are numerous classics on the market that you can get for a fraction of the price of a fancy new sports car.
1. 1970 Plymouth Duster
The ’70 Duster was a Valiant under the hood but it had a Dodge body. For its first production year, the Duster came in three trims- the Duster, Duster 340 and Gold Duster. The 340 can get from 0 to 60 mph in six seconds thanks to its V-8 engine. 1970 Duster sales were brisk and you can find some for sale online today for around $25,000. That’s almost $22,000 more than they originally sold for.
Originally retailing for $43,895, the 2004 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe is the last model year in the fifth generation Corvette. Unlike the generation before it, this generation Corvette doesn’t have nearly the number of maintenance issues and it features a body design that fits between the second and seventh generations of Corvette in styling. Research yielded an average price of $25,000 on Corvette Coupes with around 40,000 miles on them.
3. 1964 Buick Wildcat
You won’t find many Wildcats for sale but when you do, the price will be right and so will the horsepower. Current listings come in at the mid-$20,000s for a Wildcat that is in good condition. Horsepower in the 1964 model is either 325, 340 or 360 depending on the engine the original owner purchased.
4. 2005 Dodge Viper
For model year 2005, the Dodge Viper offered buyers two options- a 500-hp V-10 engine or a 500-hp 8.3-liter V-10 engine. Reviewers love this model’s performance, handling and assertive stance and were originally willing to pay over $80,000 for the American muscle car. Research yielded a number of 2005 Vipers available for just over $40,000.
5. 1969 Mercury Marauder
The Marauder rose from the Mercury archives in 1969 as a two-door hardtop replacing the SS-55. It featured a fastback roofline, design notes from the Marquis and a trim level, the X-100, that offered drivers access to 360 hp. You can find the ’69 Marauder and models from the generation before it for sale online for $15-25,000.
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6. 2005 Ford Mustang Convertible
If you want a convertible and have always wanted a Mustang, the 2005 model will get you what you want, most likely for under $10,000. This model year is the first in the fifth generation and was modeled after the Ford fastback models of the 1960s.
7. 1992 Chevrolet Camaro
Children of the 80s, this is the car for you. The 1992 version of the affordable vintage American muscle car was the last one made for almost a decade while Chevrolet reconfigured the Camaro’s place in its lineup. You can find one in good condition online for around $15,000.
8. 1964 Plymouth Barracuda
In its first production year, the 1964 Plymouth Barracuda presented a fastback A-body coupe body style based on the Plymouth Valiant. Though the Mustang outsold the Barracuda, the Barracuda arrived at dealerships first in 1964. When it came equipped with a V-8 engine and a two-barrel carburetor, the ’64 Barracuda got 180 bhp. Models from the time period are list for around $15,000 online.