Today, muscle cars from the ’60s and ’70s come with a high price tag. American muscle isn’t what it used to be. Though envisioned as an affordable performance car for the masses, some classic muscle cars are now expensive. However, with a little digging on used car websites, you can find some cool classic muscle cars that are worth more than just driving them on the weekends.
Admittedly, there are a lot of underrated cool muscle cars from the 60s and 70s. Even if they work hard, jump and rock, they look amazing and evoke an era that many of us want to be a part of. They are also great fun on the 4th of July morning walking your local back roads at high speed. But most importantly, these cars can generally be obtained at a low price!
You can always spend big bucks on a classic muscle car—but that’s not for everyone. Sure, the 1969 Camaro SS is a dream car for many, but what if you’re in the market for a classic American muscle car, but don’t have hundreds of thousands of dollars? Then you will love this list. The cars on this list are cheap classic muscle cars that won’t break the bank.
8 1975 DODGE DART SPORT
Priced at around $10,000, the 1975 Dodge Dart Sport is a real gem hidden in the haystack of America’s legendary muscle car. The car in the picture may be custom, but the price referred to refers to the stock version of the 360.
This classic 2-door car comes with a Chrysler V8 engine capable of producing 190 hp. It can reach a top speed of around 96 mph and go from 0 to 60 in 9.3 seconds.
7 1971 FORD TORINO GT
The 1971 Ford Torino came in several versions starting with the 4.1L inline-6 and continuing through the 7.0L 385 V8 series. The most popular GT version is equipped with a 5.0L Windsor V8 302 engine that packs 210 horsepower.
The average selling price of a good condition GT is $10,000. Top speed? Around 135 mph and 0-60 time less than 7 seconds. We believe the car is worth ten thousand given those specs.
6 1970 MERCURY CYCLONE GT – $14,000 – $20,000
The 351 Cleveland was not a match for the Mercury’s Cyclone GT model, which is why the manufacturer opted for the 429-CID engine option. There are two versions, 360 hp and 370 hp and the price difference between the two is huge as the latter usually sells for 4x the previous price.
You can get a less powerful model for $15,000, while the good-condition 370-hp GT could cost you more than $50,000 but gives you a 0-60 time of 6.2 seconds which, for the time, is great.
5 1979 PONTIAC FIREBIRD TRANS AM – $10,000 – $19,000
Besides looking cool, the 2nd gen Firebird also has an attractive appearance. We’re of course referring to the 6.6L V8 it comes with which can produce up to 185 hp and a top speed of 112 mph.
This 3-speed automatic little devil can go from 0-60 in less than 8 seconds. You can get one for around $40,000, which is a bit pricey but in exchange, you’ll get a historic muscle car to drive.
4 1970 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS
The sportiest version of this car is the Monte Carlo SS which comes with a standard 454 7.4L V8 turbo-jet engine which is powerful enough to produce 360 hp at 4,800 rpm. While there are less powerful options, they all come with a good old solid V8.
The 1970 SS wasn’t very popular as only 3,823 were made, which is why it’s such a collectible car. It can be yours for between $25,000 and $40,000 based on condition and engine.
3 1964 Plymouth Fury
The 3rd gen Plymouths saw an increase in sales compared to the older models and were considered some of the most affordable muscle cars of the era. The standard model came with a slant-6 (Chrysler inline 6) engine “hours” at 145 hp.
The 3-speed manual transmission models come out in bunches, but they’re still pretty high priced at $40,000 to $50,000 on average.
2 1972 Buick Riviera
Driving a Buick is cool but driving a 1972 Buick Riviera is a statement. The 3rd gen car came with a 7.5L Buick V8 with a net power output of 225 hp and 250 hp for the Gran Sport version.
Finding a 1973-1974 model is a lot easier than getting a 1972 Riviera, but if you do, you can spend between $20,000 and $30,000 to make it your own.
1 1977 AMC Hornet AMX
What makes this car so rare is that it was only sold for 2 years. The hatchback comes with a choice of V6 and V8 engines but only an automatic transmission as it is aimed at young, performance-oriented drivers.
Only 2,011 models were made with the V8 engine making the 1977 AMC Hornet AMX a true collectible gem. Finding them is very difficult, but if you do, you can spend around $15,000 to make them yours!
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