Believe it or not, you can get some classic cars cheaper than a used Nissan Sentra!

When you think about classic cars, you probably think about Ferraris and Lamborghinis. But, there were a lot of other cars produced at that time that were absolute crackers. Some were performance-oriented, like your Corvettes, and then there were the luxury sedans, like your Lincolns. You’ll be surprised to see that some famous monikers sell for pretty low prices.

Depending on your choice, you can either choose to get cars that require a restomod, or rebuilding, or you can prefer to go for well-maintained cars that, obviously, retail at a higher price. But, that said, there is definitely no dearth of classic cars in the market, and here’s a list of 10 cars that are dirt cheap in 2020.

1981 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe

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The 1981 Chevy Corvette belonged to the third generation of the Corvette Series that was built from 1967 to 1982. The car went through over five facelifts in the period, and the 1981 Coupe belonged to the last facelift of the C3 series. The bumpers were redesigned and the car came with an integrated aerodynamic spoiler that resulted in a lower coefficient of drag. It even came with stainless steel exhaust manifolds, a computer control system, and auxiliary electric engine cooling fan.

It was also the first Corvette to use fiberglass rear leaf springs. Won’t be wrong to say that it was a pretty tech-savvy car for its time.

This two-door car came equipped with a 5.7-liter, V-8 mill that generated 190 horses and 280 pound-feet of torque. Power was sent to the wheels via a four-speed manual transmission and it could sprint to 60 mph from a standstill in 8.1 seconds. This classic model can be had for as low as $10,000.

1981 Chevrolet Corvette specifications
Engine: 5.7-liter, V-8
Horsepower: 190 HP
Torque: 280 pound-feet
Transmission: Four-speed Manual
0-60 mph: 8.1 seconds
Top Speed: 137 mph

Find it for sale at https://classiccars.com

1971 Lincoln Mark III

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Seen it in GTA? Yeah, it’s the same thing; different year, though, perhaps. The 1971 Lincoln Mark III was a two-door coupe with a really long body. It measured 216 inches in length and had a wheelbase of 117.2 inches! The 1971 model was the third and final year for the Mark III production. So, this is the latest Mark III you can have today. In fact, this model was highly popular and gave stiff competition to the market leader back then - the Cadillac Eldorado.

The classic coupe was powered by a massive 7.5-liter, V-8 engine that churned out 365 ponies and 500 pound-feet of twist.

Power was sent to the rear wheels via a three-speed automatic transmission. However, the car was a gas guzzler. It delivered nothing more than 11 miles per gallon. Nevertheless, a perfect classic to own at dirt cheap price because we’ve seen examples go for as low as $4,600.

1971 Lincoln Mark III specifications
Engine: 7.5-liter, V-8
Horsepower: 365 HP
Torque: 500 pound-feet
Transmission: Three-speed Automatic
0-60 mph: 7.9 seconds
Top Speed: 131 mph

Find it for sale at https://classiccars.com

1996 Chevrolet Camaro

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The 1996 Chevrolet Camaro was part of the fourth-gen Camaro that was built from 1992 to 2002. The 1996 model didn’t really ring in many changes when compared to the 1995 or 1997 model, but it received minor power bumps over the 1995 model and also came with OBD-II compliant engine controls.

The three-door car was powered by a 5.7-liter, V-8 engine that made 285 horses and 335 pound-feet of torque. Power was sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission.

Another engine that powered all the base models was a 3.8-liter, V-6 that churned out 200 horses and 225 pound-feet of torque. This engine was mated to a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic gearbox. The Camaro equipped with the smaller engine could sprint to 60 mph from a standstill in seven seconds. Not bad, right? You can find examples for under $6,000 as well.

1996 Chevrolet Camaro specifications
Engine: 5.7-liter, V-8
Horsepower: 285
Torque: 335 pound-feet
Transmission: Six-speed Manual
0-60 mph: 5.8 seconds
Top Speed: 160 mph

Find it for sale at https://www.carsforsale.com

1978 Lincoln Continental

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If you thought the Lincoln Mark III was long, take a look at this. The 1978 Lincoln Continental was a four-door sedan that focused on luxury and royalty, and not performance. It featured a muscular body and a Rolls Royce-esque grille up front. Even a two-door coupe version of the same was sold in the Mark V series.

The car measured 233 inches in length and was the longest coupe that Ford ever sold. It even came with an LED display in the instrument cluster with a distance-to-empty feature. Yes, this was back in the 70s!

The Continental was available with two engine options – a 6.6-liter, V-8, and a 7.5-liter, V-8. The former was the most popular one and churned out 166 horses and 319 pound-feet of torque. Power was sent to the rear wheel via a three-speed automatic transmission. Today, you can get this for as low as $9,500. But, before you pick this beauty up, make sure you have a huge garage to fit this monstrosity in.

Engine: 6.6-liter, V-8
Horsepower: 166
Torque: 319 pound-feet
Transmission: Three-speed Automatic
0-60 mph: 14 seconds
Top Speed: 106 mph

1978 Lincoln Continental specifications
Engine: 5.7-liter, V-8
Horsepower: 285 HP
Torque: 335 pound-feet
Transmission: Six-speed Manual
0-60 mph: 5.8 seconds
Top Speed: 160 mph

Find it for sale at https://www.carsforsale.com

1975 Dodge Charger

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The 1975 Dodge Charger belonged to the B-body series that was produced from 1966 to 1978. The 1975 model was introduced as the fourth and final generation of the car in this iteration.

This classic came with a 5.9-liter, V-8 under the hood that made 150 horses and 255 pound-feet of torque. Power was sent to the rear wheels via a three-speed automatic gearbox.

Unlike the other generations, this model could not be used by NASCAR because of the square-ish body. You can find examples of these models starting at $7,900.

1975 Dodge Charger specifications
Engine: 5.9-liter, V-8
Horsepower: 150 HP
Torque: 255 pound-feet
Transmission: Three-speed Automatic
0-60 mph: 12.8 seconds
Top Speed: 109 mph

Find it for sale at https://classiccars.com

1962 Ford Thunderbird

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The 1962 Thunderbird was one of the good-looking cars of its time, and it still looks great. The classic car was sold in the convertible form as well. It recorded sales of over 70,000 in 1962, which is very impressive. Ford even introduced a Thunderbird Sports Roadster in this year.

The car was powered by a 6.4-liter, V-8 mill that made 300 horses and 427 pound-feet of torque.

Power was sent to the wheels via a three-speed automatic transmission. A quick search led us to find “working condition” examples starting from $14,000. Cars that need a rebuild can be had for as low as $5,000.

1962 Ford Thunderbird specifications
Engine: 6.4-liter, V-8
Horsepower: 300 HP
Torque: 427 pound-feet
Transmission: Three-speed Automatic
0-60 mph: 8.6 seconds
Top Speed: 129 mph

Find it for sale at https://classiccars.com

1970 Chevrolet Chevelle

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This is one of my all-time favorite car, so please excuse me if I praise it too much. Also, it’s the only exception that contradicts the title of this article, but still deserves a mention. The 1970 model belonged to the second-gen of Chevelles.

This muscle car wore one of the best body designs of that era. It was available in two-door and four-door configurations.

The car came with 7.4-liter, V-8 engine that developed 350 ponies and 415 pound-feet of torque. The engine was mated to a four-speed manual gearbox. The Chevelle is clearly a collectible, given that decent, well-maintained examples can be found starting around $50,000. If you want to restore one on your own, then you’re looking at four-digit price figures.

1970 Chevrolet Chevelle specifications
Engine: 7.4-liter, V-8
Horsepower: 350 HP
Torque: 415 pound-feet
Transmission: Four-speed Manual
0-60 mph: Six seconds
Top Speed: 132 mph

Find it for sale at https://classiccars.com

1968 Ford Mustang

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This muscle car competed against the Chevelle, but wasn’t as quick. The 1968 model was from the first-gen Mustangs.

The 1968 models were the first ponies to incorporate the three-point lap and shoulder seat belts. It came with a dash-integrated AC and upgraded stereo and speakers.

It even featured warning lights for the seat belts and parking brake. The car came with multiple engine options. The smallest mill was a 3.3-liter, six-cylinder unit that produced 115 horses and 190 pound-feet of torque. The largest was the 7.0-liter, V-8 Cobra Jet engine that churned out 335 ponies (pun intended) and 440 pound-feet of torque. The car can be found ranging from $5,000 ‘project’ models to six-digit figures.

1968 Ford Mustang specifications
Engine: 3.3-liter, V-6
Horsepower: 115 HP
Torque: 190 pound-feet
Transmission: Three-speed Manual
0-60 mph: 13.2 seconds
Top Speed: 96 mph

Find it for sale at https://www.hemmings.com

1964 Pontiac Grand Prix

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The Pontiac Grand Prix is essentially a standard Pontiac Catalina coupe that’s been given a sporty treatment. The 1964 model received a sheet metal body from the other Pontiacs that were being built at that time.

This was a big deal because the Grand Prix was the sporty avatar of a luxurious sedan.

The two-door grand tourer came with a 6.3-liter, V-8 engine that made 230 horsepower and 386 pound-feet of torque. The mill was paired to a three-speed automatic transmission. It was not a quick vehicle, per se. 0-60 mph came in 11.8 seconds and it topped out at 117 mph.

You can get a 1964 Grand Prix starting from $10,000.

1964 Pontiac Grand Prix specifications
Engine: 6.3-liter, V-8
Horsepower: 230 HP
Torque: 386 pound-feet
Transmission: Three-speed Automatic
0-60 mph: 11.8 seconds
Top Speed: 117 mph

Find it for sale at https://classiccars.com

1975 Cadillac Eldorado

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Cadillac sold this car for 50 years before retiring it in 2002. The 1975 Eldorado came in the ninth generation and it was longer than its predecessor. It was a premium luxury car and sold well in the market.

Cadillac plonked a massive 8.2-liter, V-8 engine under the hood. Oh, those big, beautiful naturally aspirated engines!

It produced 190 ponies and 360 pound-feet of torque. Power was sent to the wheels through a three-speed automatic gearbox. The car was obviously a guzzler, delivering under 10 miles to the gallon.

It wasn’t a performance car either, but it more than made up for that by offering the plush and premium finesse that people were willing to pay for. There are some examples out there for less than $10,000.

1975 Cadillac Eldorado specifications
Engine: 8.2-liter, V-8
Horsepower: 190 HP
Torque: 360 pound-feet
Transmission: Three-speed Automatic
0-60 mph: 12.8 seconds
Top Speed: 114 mph

Find it for sale at https://classiccars.com

Source: https://www.hotcars.com/classic-car...

Sidd Dhimaan
Associate Editor and Truck Expert - sidd@topspeed.com
Sidd joined the Topspeed.com team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. He is currently our pickup truck expert and focuses his attention on heavy-duty and off-road vehicles.  Read More
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