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Affordable Classic Cars

As we move into 2022, many people think they have really missed the boat when it comes to classic cars for sale from eras they may know and understand, namely the 1960s to 1980s. Some may want to invest in these “true” classics instead of those models from the 90s and 2000s that are said to be the classics of the future. The question is, which ones are still a good buy and affordable? In today’s blog, we’re revealing some of the most affordable classic cars out there today, many of which come in at under $15,000.

Before we move forward, please keep in mind that this list is subject to change. At the time you are reading, these prices may have heavily fluctuated.

1982 Porsche 944


The Porsche was one of a few front-engined cars designed by Porsche, who of course are much better-known for their rear-engine cars. Between 1976 and 1982, Porsche came out with a number of models, the 924, 928 and then the 944, all of which had front-mounted engines. The 1982 Porsche 944 was definitely the sportiest of them all, and was powered by a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine outputting up to 187-hp. It also featured pop-up headlights, irresistible lines emanating from the drooping front-end, and also top-notch handling acknowledged as the best in its class by Car and Driver.

1979 Fiat 124 Spider


Modern versions of the Fiat convertible have made a comeback in European markets, but you can pick up a classic version of this legendary Italian motor for around $15,000. The 1979 version is a particularly good deal, and is powered by a 2.0L DOHC engine putting out 102-hp. Best of all is the stunning Pininfarina body, timelessly stylish front grille, round front headlights, and even the gorgeous Ferrari-esque red color if that’s what you like.

1981 Chevrolet Corvette


Classic Corvettes are nearly always featured among the most popular classic cars with sale price in the six or seven figure range. What may surprise you is the number of Corvettes you can still get for much less and that still exhibit all of the best qualities of this iconic Chevrolet brand. The 1981 Corvette Coupe, for example, is a bit extreme in design, but still houses a naturally aspirated V8 engine outputting 190-hp which can easily be tuned much higher for those wanting a bargain Corvette that’s easily converted to a mega horsepower factory. 

1996 Chevrolet Camaro


This pick is more of a modern classic, but time is quickly marching on and the 1990s are quickly becoming a true classic era. This product year dances the line of what is a classic car and a modern classic. The 1996 Camaro is a 3-door hatchback coupe available usually for well under $10,000. Like the 1981 Corvette, it’s not necessarily the best-looking Camaro out there, but still features a naturally aspirated V8 with 295-hp (better than Corvette standard) and launching from 0 to 60 in just 5.8 seconds. What’s more, it’s surprisingly efficient at around 20-mpg. This is the only vehicle in this blog that may deserve a spot on a top muscle car list! 

1976 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II


It’s easy to understand why you’d never expect the name Rolls-Royce to appear in a list of affordable classic cars. However, the good thing about a Rolls is that it is a brand with a long history and therefore a lot of classic models to choose from. Some of which are more common and thus more affordable. 

The Silver Shadow II is a full-size luxury sedan with a powerful V8 engine delivering 247-hp and up to 398 lb-ft of torque. It’s a bit of a gas-guzzler at 10.7-mpg, but then again all Rolls-Royce cars somewhat are. The iconic front grille and Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament are as powerful as ever in their symbolism of luxury and success.

1983 Mercedes-Benz 380SL


For those in more of a continental mood, this Mercedes-Benz roadster is yet another naturally aspirated V8 with relatively efficient fuel consumption and a very affordable price tag. The model year may be almost 40 years old, but this Benz exhibits stunning lines and timeless good looks. The front grille with chrome finishing is a particular head-turner. The engine isn’t so powerful at 155-hp and 0-60-mph time of 10.7 seconds, but this is a car bought more for the looks than the performance.

1972 International Harvester Pickup


If you were lucky enough to get in on the ground floor and get a classic International Harvester Pickup a few years back, you might have only paid $10,000 for it. It’s still affordable at $15,000 but has been moving quickly up the price ladder and 2022 might be the last chance to get your hands on one in the affordable bracket. Americans love a pickup, and this is among the most iconic classic pickups there is. For under $10,000 you could get a rusted one that you could restore, but for a ready-made mint-condition classic, be prepared to pay more.

How to Determine the Value of a Classic Car

As one of the largest classic car dealers in the world, we mainly use our experience as the way of determing the value of the vehicles in this list. However, we know that setting a fair price can be one of the most difficult parts of owning a classic car. To share our knowledge with our readers, we released a classic car value guide. Similar to the prices/vehicles in this list, please keep in mind that the data may have fluctuated since the time of writing, but we believe the general principles will still be in tact. Whether you are simply wanting to get a price for your vehicle, or are looking to sell a classic car, the blog post should help!