Even with all the technology and power available on cars today, why would anyone want a 20, 30, 40 year old car? There is a lot to appreciate about American muscle, the history and the pedigree of where some of the modern cars today come from. The best part is that you don’t need to take out a second mortgage on your house to own some of them still.
1) 1985-1990 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z – $6,000 – $10,000
In 1985, GM introduced an option package on all Camaros called IROC-Z which was named after the International Race of Champions. It featured an upgrade suspension, lower ride height, Bilstein shocks, larger sway bars, and an optional TPI (Tuned Port Injection) system. The package really allows you to engine all of the 215 horsepower coming out of the 305 small block V8. The car also won numerous accolades for great value and overall ride. The best part is that you can find many of these in shockingly good condition still!
2) 1987-1993 Ford Mustang GT $8,000-10,000
I only dropped the fox body Mustang down to second place because their values are climbing much quicker than the Camaros, making them more expensive. You can get a decent Mustang, powered by a 305 v8 producing 225 horsepower with only a little looking around.
3) 1975 Ford Maverick Grabber
The Ford Maverick was a compact car manufactured the Ford Motor Car Company. The best part? It was originally sold as a two-door sedan with a rear wheel drivetrain. This was the same car that rivalled the Mustange as it’s twin but police could never confirm.
4) 1970s Dodge Dart Sport – $5,000 to $8,000
A small car, with mostly basic interiors, and a big v8! It’s everything you’ve dreamed of and more. I love these little cars, and with a little bit of work/money, you can make yours look great.
5) 1993-1998 GM F-Body (Chevrolet Camaro or the Pontiac Firebird) – $7,000-9,500
The Chevrolet Camaro/Pontiac Firebird were build in the f-body frame GM had been producing. The F-bodies came with a variety of engine choices but you really want the LT1 V8 which made 305 horsepower. Nice examples can been had for the higher end of $8,000.