10 Cool Classic Cars That Are Perfect for a Collector on a Budget
Just because you don’t have $50,000 to spend doesn’t mean you can’t afford a cool classic car that doesn’t look cheap. With a little searching, these cars can be found for $20,000 or less.
Chevrolet El Camino
We were supposed to see an El Camino revival with the Pontiac G8 ST, but thanks to the economic meltdown, that didn’t happen. Still, a classic El Camino is always going to be cool, and you can easily find them for decent prices.
It may have borrowed a bit from some of the European sedans at the time, but the Datsun 510 is more than a knockoff BMW. It’s a fun little car in its own right. And let’s not forget about those amazing side mirrors mounted on the front fenders.
Fiat 124 Spider
Yeah, you could buy a new 124 Spider, but spending your money on a classic is more of an adventure. Besides, the old 124s have far more style and class than the newer versions. An added bonus: You’ll have something to work on every Saturday for the rest of their life.
Everybody loves seeing a classic truck on the road, even if they aren’t necessarily “truck people.” If you can find an old Ford F-100 that you can pick up (pun intended), you absolutely should. Just look at those fenders.
CJs are always great, but if you’re going to buy a classic Jeep, why not get something a little different? Skip the go-to CJ and get yourself a two-tone Jeepster to standout from the crowd.
There’s an inherent coolness that comes with driving an old Mercedes, but if you don’t want to look like you bought one because it was cheap, you have to reach back a little further than the W124. That’s where something like a 220D comes in. Such a classic look.
The BMW Clown Shoe is a collector’s dream, but those cars have gotten incredibly pricey lately. For a shooting brake on a budget, look to the MGB GT instead. We wouldn’t blame you for picking the drop-top version of the MGB, but the GT is the one for us.
The first-generation Valiant had a design only a mother could love, but by the mid-1960s, it was looking pretty good. It was sold in several different body styles, including a convertible, and the engines are famous for lasting forever. On a budget, you can’t go wrong here.
You can spend a lot of money on one of these if you really want to, but late-1970s Firebirds can also be pretty good deals if you keep an eye out for them. And even if it’s not black, you’ll still be able to live out your Smokey and the Bandit fantasies. Just make sure you have some Jerry Reed ready to go.
Volvo has quite a few lust-worthy classics out there, but if you’re trying to keep it affordable, you’ll have a hard time finding a better deal than a Volvo 122. It’s not quite a P1800, but you still get plenty of style. And if you’re concerned about safety, the 122 was the first car to offer a three-point seatbelt as standard back in 1959.
Original Content By Collin Woodward at RoadandTrack.com