AFFORDABLE CLASSIC MUSCLE CARS


Publish date: 2016-04-15 10:28:46
1989 Pontiac 20th Anniversary Trans Am

Here is another list of classic muscle cars that you can buy at a low price. You can start your own collection with any car in this list. Let’s face the fact that they are cheap and powerful. Who knows, maybe someday the value of these cars could go up like the famous classic muscle cars that are dominating the car auctions today.

1989 Pontiac 20th Anniversary Trans Am

1989 Pontiac 20th Anniversary Trans Am

It became a classic just recently, but it is still considered as a modern classic or a youngtimer. When Trans Am celebrated its 20th anniversary, a very special gift was offered to its fans. Pontiac launched the Turbo Trans Am and it was powered by Buick’s turbocharged 3.8 liter V-6 with 250 hp. This engine was intentionally created for Buick Regal Grand National and when Car and Driver tested the car, it records an impressive acceleration of 0-60mph in just 4.6 seconds and it runs a quarter mile in 13.4 seconds.

Motor Trend tested this car in 1989 and it was recorded that this car’s top speed was 162 mph. Rumors says that the actual output for its engine was closer to 300 hp.

Pontiac released 1500 Turbo Trans Am and only 3 of them are convertible versions of this Turbo Trans Am.

Value: $19,000-$23,800

1979 Pontiac Firebird 400 WS6

 1979 Pontiac Firebird 400 WS6

In 1979, a redesigned model of Pontiac Firebird was released for the 10th anniversary of Trans Am and a WS6 handling package was also available and it featured 4-wheel disc brakes. For this 1979 release, Pontiac offered Firebirds that were powered with Pontiac 400 (6.6 liter) V-8 engines. This Firebird can match the performance of pre-1970s cars by removing its catalytic converter.

Value: $11,000-$16,000

1971 AMC Hornet SC/360

 1971 AMC Hornet SC360

This one was quite rare. Only 784 muscled-up versions of this car were produced. It was powered with a 360 cu in version of the famous AMC V-8 and the design of this car was based on AMC Cavalier. Did you know that the development for this car took almost three years? And in 1969, the first model of this car was introduced in public. The intention in building this car was to bring back the AMC’s identity of specializing in small cars and in fact, this car was the best-selling model for AMC.

In 1971, an outstanding version called SC360 was released and it was a 2-door muscle car. It was made to follow the steps of the 1969 Rambler. This 1971 Hornet SC360 was powered by AMC’s 360 cu in V-8 and it is paired with two-barrel carburetor. This combination produced a satisfying 245hp, an optional package that features a four-barrel carburetor and ram-air induction can improve its output to 285hp.

Out of all the head turner cars of AMC, this car was the rarest.

Value: $22,800-$31,400

1971 Mercury Cyclone GT

1971 Mercury Cyclone GT

America loses interest in Ford’s mid-size cars when they chose to redesign them or maybe Americans got tired of Ford’s cars since they kept on advertising the long-nose 1969 Ford Torino Talladega and Mercury Cyclone Spoiler in NASCAR.

The 1971 Cyclone GT was made for those people who valued the style rather than its speed. The basic package for this car features an integrated hood scoop, three pod tail lights, hide away headlights, comfortable bucket seats, full length console and a good-looking lower body trim.

This car was powered by a 351 Cleveland small block and it is paired with 2 barrel carburetor plus 3-speed manual transmission. These are the standard equipment and of course, the best ones are in the additional options. A Super Cobra Jet 429 V-8 and 4-speed transmission was also available.

Value: $12,350-$18,400

1974-1976 Dodge Dart Sport 360

1974-1976 Dodge Dart Sport 360

For those who are not familiar with this car, it was introduced in 1960 and it was a downsized large car.

In 1976, the performance of American cars was declining and one of the cars that are making its last run with remarkable performance was the 1974 Dodge Dart Sport 360. It was packed with 360 cu in (5.6 liter) engine that produced 200hp.

The last production year for Dodge Dart was in 1976 and the Dodge Dart 360 was dropped as a separate model. The 360 cu in (5.9L) four-barrel, dual exhaust V-8 was available for additional $376. Car and Driver magazine tested this car in 1976 and to make it more interesting, it was compared beside Corvette and Trans Am Firebird. Dodge Dart recorded 121mph top speed and it was faster than Trans Am but it fall short to Corvette’s 124mph.

Value: $5,200-$8,500

1971-1975 Ford Grabber

1971-1975 Ford Grabber

In 1971, Ford Grabber became its own model. It was a sporty small car and it features several interesting items such as simulated hood scoops, fender decals, blackout tail panel, grille mounted road lamps, grabber stripes on both sides, blackened grille, deck-lid spoiler, bright window frames, deluxe steering wheels and more importantly, the V-8 engine.

In 1992, Ford Grabber added various options like different colors of stripes, vinyl or cloth cover of seats and only a 3.00:1 gear ratio was available. In 1973, a sound package became available along with a specific handling package. For the final year of production for Grabber, the only significant upgrades are the 14 inch styled-steel road wheels and its white-letter radical tires.

Its engine’s performance was declining since 1971 to 1975. The engine for 1971 models can have a decent 210hp and it was capable of accelerating from 0 to 60mph in 9 seconds while the 1972’s engine suffered with a massive drop on its power with only 143hp. The power once again declined for 1973 and its value stayed in 140hp until 1975 when its engine was only capable of 129hp.

Value: $6,275-$10,200

Reference

http://www.caranddriver.com/features/10-collectible-classic-muscle-cars-you-can-afford-feature

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