Top 15 Most Sought-After Affordable Classic Cars
There are folks with timeless mindset who will always stick with classic cars no matter the tides of the era. And some who are keen and thus move with global auto trends. No matter the mindset anybody may have, there is always that time when timeless cars are pulled out of storage, furbished and hit the road for several purposes one of which is for adventures, either in summer or just to relish the good old feeling of full rev of great engine. Whatever is the purpose of this evocative need for classic cars, classic cars can prove its mettle in power and speed. In classic cars’ convertible, there are costly ones as well as affordable ones.
Here is a list of fifteen most sought after classic cars for your consideration:
1) Chevrolet Chevelle
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Manufactured between periods of three years—1966-1970—with Super Sport 396 as the maiden model, the Chevrolet Chevelle, as one of most sought-after classic cars was based on the concept of 1961 Chevrolet Impala. The Chevrolet’s 427 COPO model was released in 1961. It was built with V8 engine and about 320 units were brought to light. In 1970, 7.4-liter engine version which could rev between zero and 60 in just seconds was built with 450 horsepower. The classic car is still very much relevant even now.
2) Plymouth Barracuda
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The Plymouth Barracuda which became car of the moment in 1970 when it was inbuilt with 7.2-liter engine, made its debut in 1964. The car has the capacity to produce 390 horsepower. An enhanced version, called Hemi-Cuda was reconstructed with 7.0-liter Hemi block which produced 425 horsepower enabling it to rev zero to 60 within 5.6 seconds. The trim and designs and colour of Plymouth Barracuda were glamour of the era in the ‘70s and the glamour never fails even in its simplicity.
3) Shelby GT500KR
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Shelby GT500KRThe non-America classic car, popularly called then the King of the Road, Shelby GT500KR was manufactured between 1964 and 1968. Produced with V8 engine, Shelby GT’s maiden version has the capacity to generate 360 horsepower. Later the ’66 model was built with a great horsepower. The Super Snake Shelby has been recorded to command better rate than the 289 roadster Shelby.
4) Chevrolet Camaro
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The Chevrolet Camaro spanned between the year 1967 and 1969 before seeing the light of auto industry. Its maiden version, produced with four-speed manual gearbox, power steering and positraction, and 4.9-liter V8 engine was the Z-28 which was often used for races. It has the capacity to generate great horsepower that enable it to rev up close to quarter of a mile in a span of 14.8 seconds. When its ZL1 came out in 1969, its engine came with aluminium V8 which could speed quarter of a mile in 13.2 seconds. With only 69 units in production, the car’s 500 horsepower was capable of pulling it across 125 miles per hour at maximum speed.
5) Dodge Charger R/T 440
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Just like most classic cars, Dodge Charger R/T, popular among movies and Television fans especially when Bullitt and The Dukes of Harvard were rave of the era, was produced between 1968 and 1969. Its design and trim were highlights of its awesomeness especially its unique front grill and hidden headlights. Another feature that made the car the hit of the moment was suspension system which permits excellent and sharp handling. Finding has shown that despite Dodge Charger R/T’s ‘classicness’, it still commands a higher rate than when it was manufactured.
6) Porsche 914
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The Porsche 914 was produced between 1970 and 1976 and was considered a ‘lesser’ Porsche version. It shared virtually the same powertrain with Beetle, especially with its air-cooled engine Volkswagen 4-cylinder powerplant. Although Porsche 914 was not seen by many as a classic car of elegance based on its automotive stylishness, its mid-engine chassis gives it a magic functionality. It’s well-built and has a sharp handling as the legendary Go-Kart. One good thing about this model is its affordability.
7) Volkswagen Beetle
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Volkswagen Beetle seems to be a car of all ages—continued its wave in Mexico even in 2002—even though high-tech features, trim and designs of high-end cars have paled it and the likes into insignificance. Produced between 1953 and 1980, Volkswagen Beetle proved its versatility in the Europe’s postwar transportation requirements especially with its air-cooled wonder born in Hitler’s Germany era. In addition to its air-cooled, it has a rear-mounted flat 4-cylinder super engine. Its interior was as strong as if built for the military: very indestructible.
8) Pontiac GTO
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Pontiac GTO was an iconic car of class built between 1964 and 1969. The Pontiac reign began in 1965 when its Goat model made its debut with 6.3-liter V8 engine, moving from a six pack to a single four-barrel carburettor in ’67 which generated 360 horsepower. Its height of automotive statement was in 1969 when the Judge model debut with 6.5-liter engine. Pontiac is still within the automotive corridor even in recent times.
9) Buick GSX
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One of the famous cars of the sixties, Buick Skylark was a medium-sized car model popular for its strength and acclaimed rev capacity. In the 1970, the Skylark model manufacturer resolved and incorporated the classic car with 7.5-liter engine capable of generating horsepower for enhanced speed. The outcome was remarkable. Noteworthy is that its base horsepower was placed at 360; however, it could easily reach 400 horsepower with just a minute twist in the heads and valves and particularly in the camshaft thus enabling it to rev quarter of a mile in just 13.38 seconds.
10) Oldsmobile 442
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The Oldsmobile’s name arose owing to its concept of four-speed gearbox, four-barrel car and dual-exhaust auto system. Its 1971 L69 model was manufactured with double-barrelled carburettor which aid is generation of good horsepower which enables it to cover quarter of a mile in just 14.8 seconds. In another of its version, the W30 which came with six-pack motor, air induction system enabling it generate 365 horsepower for good rev per miles, though rare, came with only 54 units plus extra 97 units from dealers.
11) Volkswagen Rabbit GTI
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The popular Volkswagen Rabbit is a top contender of the company in its era, though now called the Golf, is still within the corridor of top classic cars that are most sought after. Produced within the period of 1983 and 1984, the Volkswagen Rabbit, water-cooled and a front-wheel drive hatchback employed first-rate tweak to the sporting econobox form.
It was recognized as a great hyperactive black sheep of VW family and as a remarkable classic car with sharp handling speedster that can, at any time, outshine other sports cars of its period. The Rabbit GTI despite its high performance, affordability and cool color was never sought after by many especially as a collectible. Whatever happens, there is no doubt that Volkswagen Rabbit GTI is versatile, super and practical classic car of all times.
12) Ford Mustang
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When you list classic cars without including Ford Mustang, you are leaving out one of the remarkable cars of the old days. Produced between 1964 and 1973, Ford Mustang is well-known for its strength and affordability. Although auto revolution has changed Mustang a great deal—greater speed and comfort, but its classic style and charm is nevertheless intact. Produced with six-cylinder versions, V8 models with great acceleration and soundtrack, Ford Mustang still has classic charisma, spacious interior and good appearance
13) Datsun 240Z
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In the early days of auto revolution, Ferrari Dayton and Jaguar E-type were cars to reckon with, but they were nothing compared to the respect Datsun commanded especially owing to its sleek design. There is no doubt that 240Z model of Datsun (now Nissan) marked the beginning of Japanese car transformation. Produced with torque straight 6-engine beneath the hood, Datsun 240Z was more affordable than cars of its category like the Jaguar E-Type. As time went on, 240Z model was replaced with 260Z model with bigger engine and thus could cruise miles in a very short time.
14) AMC Javelin
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The AMC Javelin was produced between 1968 and 1974 and it still remains one of the most desirable muscle and four-wheeled small car. Although the reign of AMC Javelin was short-lived, it can still be found around the auto corridor as one of the most sought-after classic cars of the age, though not compared with Chevy Camaro. With its elegant design, V8 engines, good history of Trans-Am competition, getting a Javelin today can be the best way to get hold of classic muscle car with just a few dollars.
15) Plymouth Superbird 440
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Built in 1971, the Plymouth Superbird, though not a pace-setting car as Plymouth Road Runner, was based on the concept of Plymouth Road Runner but was later redesigned to serve a peculiar NASCAR need. It was built with a magnum V8 cubic engine which has the capacity to generate close to 375 horsepower. Subsequently, the car was upgraded to a six-pack supported with a trio of two-barrel carburettor or Hemi V8 engine generating up to 425 horsepower. The price of Plymouth Superbird has been observed to be on the increase. Little wonder if it is due to rave for classic cars.
The above list of top fifteen most sought-after affordable classic cars of the moment is just a guide to make an informed choice on a car of preference. I recommend further research for a more detailed features and specs, powertrain, interior designs and trim.