One I’ve just sold and loved it was a Chrysler Crossfire. Rear suspension weakness in them but a neat little car and within these parameters.
Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce’s Should be a part of this list.
The LS 400 has a well earned reputation for amazing durability. I think the only thing that holds it back from achieving greater pricing is that it’s a little bit bland in the looks department. Unless you do a little bit of Mr. Dressup …
I have an '84 Veloce; yes, should be on this list. Beautiful and fun car!
Hello all! This is my first post on here so I have no clue what to expect from this forum in the future. So far, it’s pretty darn good with a very well written article. However, I do have one minor quibble.There’s no mention of any of the Independents. Are AMCs, Nashes, Hudsons, Studebakers, Packards, Kaisers, or Willyses not worthwhile enough or something? I know that at the very least the Studebaker Lark should make this list. Parts for this Europeanized American car are easily attainable through the very friendly Studebaker Driver’s Club. A very nice model, even the top-tier Cruiser, shouldn’t cost you more than $8,000. Besides, they are just a hoot to drive!
I had an 82 Audi GT coupe. Awesome, very light with the 5 cylinder straight engine.Also an 85 Audi 5000 turbo.The 5000 could really cruise and was very comfortable. Long live Audi and their heritage of engineering
I bought a RX7 new in 1986, while I was in the Navy… nice car…could have used 100+ more Hp… (couldn’t everything?)
I bought a new BMW M3 in 1995 and still own it. Is it becoming a classic? Lol.
Bought my 80 zx 2+2 in February for $4! Put a few bucks and 6k miles on her and sold it for $5650 last month. Picked up a 97 m3 5speed coupe for $4100, have about $5500 in it now
and enjoying that little collector rocket.
I found a beatutiful Alfa Spyder and let it go when my current BMW Z3 was a deal too good to pass up. The Syder has such classic Italian lines. Wondering about the enthusiast support to keep them running?
I found a 2003 BMW Z4 last year for right at the limit here with 23000 miles. It has been a delight. With the new roadster arriving, the original Z4 is worth a look.
You certainly are using the term “classic” loosely. How about the Imperials? '64-'74 is easy to get under $10k, a lot of them in great condition go for under $5k. The '64-'66 particularly are likely to increase in value soon. These were the best built cars in the US at the time they were being built, they have a lot of amenities you won’t find in other cars of their era and that people have come to expect (power windows and seats, a/c, etc.). They are also comparatively easy to get parts for and very easy to work on. They also have the best engines ever built.
I have a '90 300ZX AND a '91 RX7 convertible and love both of them for different reasons. The Nissan is a more modern car than the Mazda, which still has the '80s cheap plastic that breaks too easily. The Z handles better than my BMW E46 convertible but the Mazda rotary engine’s 8000 RPM redline is lots of fun even for a 70+ year old.
Agree with jhawk about the XR4Ti. Drove one as a factory rep for L-M years ago. Had such fun driving that turbo, lag and all, that I recently bought an '87 in California with 79k original miles for $400. After $3,500 in mechanical repairs, some elbow grease bringing the original paint/patina back and $1600 in new, original style leather seat covers I’ve got a fun little, low budget drive that’s reliable.
I owned a 1986 Ford Escort GT which is very similar to the 1985 Merkur XR4Ti. Had a very peppy 1.9 liter overhead valve 4 cylinder, with a 5-speed manual transmission. This was the first year of the ground effects package with splitter front end and whale tail type spoiler in back. From what I understand this car was designed by Carroll Shelby. Car ran like a scalded dog until the timing belt broke and bent all the valves. Don’t know how many were made but there are not many out there that I can find. The one I owned had the very rare bullet style side view mirrors. Which I think we’re only available in 86. Not really sure though but I can’t find any later that have them.
Not too difficult ti find. Here’s one place that has 116 of them:
What about the Volvo
I have a 1991 Mercury Capri turbo w a 5 speed.
Talk about getting no respect!
The car is a hoot to drive!
Probably can buy one for $5000 or less.
Have mine about 10 years,paid $1400 for it.