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Cheapest Classic Muscle Cars You Can Buy

Old Muscle Cars For Sale Under $10,000!

Updated November 13, 2018

There’s nothing like a good old muscle car to show the world around you what you’re made of. Whether you’re 18-year old looking for your very first ride or a true veteran from the time when muscle cars were as common as new age stores are nowadays – it doesn’t really matter. Muscle cars are one of America’s greatest gifts to the world. It’s a shame, but that same world didn’t really recognize the enormous potential for iconic that muscle cars possessed. Well, it’s their loss really.

Golden age of muscle cars is long gone, and recent downsizing in engine displacement coupled with increased importance of fuel efficiency is condemning even precious few options currently available in the market. Still, if you’re shopping for a muscle car – don’t despair. Second hand icons are still out there, and they come from the time when cars were built to last. That is to say – even 50-year old hot rods can still be found in very good or even mint condition. But, you probably know that already.

What you probably don’t know is what’s the most affordable way to get yourself one? Well, that really depends on your luck, patience and willingness to search far and wide. If a muscle car is in a good condition, rest assured that its current owner will know how to cash that in. There are, however, plenty of deals out there that can easily qualify for steal of the century. One only needs to look for them. Further down, we’ll pinpoint a few deals that could qualify for that. Know, however, that there are plenty of deals sweeter than that altogether. Scroll down and take a look at a few of the cheapest muscle cars you can currently buy.

What Are The Cheapest Muscle Cars To Buy?

Ford Torino ’69-’72

It depends on perspective but like any other classic muscle, the Torino can soar sky high when it comes to the sticker price. However, late 60’s and early 70’s Ford Torinos can easily be priced below $10,000 as well. We’re talking good condition, not project cars here. After all, would this list make any sense the other way around?

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Pontiac Grand Prix ’64-’72

The first couple generations of the Grand Prix were the real deal. I’m not really sure if that’s the reason why you can get a great deal for them even today. Like all cars that qualify for this list, Pontiac Grand Prix is widely available for less than $10,000. In fact, there are few of them going for as little as $7,000 in good condition. Furthermore, there are no real differences between the model years and everything from ’64 to ’72 qualifies for mentioned price tags.

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Buick Riviera ’69-’72

Another full-size muscle, second or third generation Riviera is available for around $8,000 on a regular basis. In fact, even most expensive Buick Riviera’s on the market rarely have price tags as high as icons like the GTO, Mustang or Camaro of late sixties. You’re most likely to find a great deal on models from 1969 through 1972.

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Oldsmobile Cutlass ’70-’72

The Cutlass was as versatile as they come. This classic had every body style imaginable at the time. It was a sedan, coupe, convertible… Hell – it even came as a station wagon! However, there’s only one Oldsmobile Cutlass that qualifies as a muscle car – Cutlass Supreme with the SX package. Most of Cutlasses out there are equipped with the 350, but if you find it with 455 Rocket, don’t hesitate to check it out – especially if it’s available for less than $10,000.

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Plymouth Fury ’69-’72

The Barracuda, Roadrunner, and especially Superbird can be quite expensive these days, but Fury on the other hand… Plymouth Fury GT can be yours for much less than $10,000 if you look hard enough, and if you find the 6-barrel version – even better. It’s best to look for models prior to 1973/73 years and muscle car’s decline in general.

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Ford Galaxie ’66-’70

It’s a strange world out there when executive cars are less expensive than compacts, but muscle cars aren’t your average cars. The Ford Galaxie is yet another full-size option you can have. Most affordable options usually go for around $8,000, but they can be found for less. Of course, they can also cost more – much more.

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Ford Ranchero ’70-’76

You probably didn’t expect this one here, but muscle is muscle. The Ranchero isn’t as prolific as El Camino, but at least it’s more affordable. The GT versions are, of course, more expensive than conventional 351’s, but can still be found for a 4-digit figure – especially fifth and sixth generation models from the early 70’s.

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Dodge Polara ’66-’68

When looking for an already rare Polara, you’ll likely have to go through a number 383’s before you zero in on the real deal. While the 383 Polara’s are definitely recommended, the 440 is what you’re actually looking for. This classic muscle car can be found for $8,000, more or less, but as already mentioned – it won’t be easy.

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Chevrolet Monte Carlo ’83-’86

The only newer generation representative here is the Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS. As luck would have it, most surviving Monte Carlo’s on the market actually are SS muscle cars with 305 V-8’s. Needless to say – without vintage years under their belts, there’s no significant price burden as well. You’ll probably be able to find one in very good condition for $7,000 on any given day, and it won’t be older than 30 years to the day.

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Buick Wildcat ’66-’69

We are concluding this list of cheapest muscle cars you can buy with another executive icon. As its name suggests, every Buick Wildcat was fitted with untameable V-8 power. Sadly, Wildcat didn’t have a long lifespan as it was discontinued in 1971. If you’re interested in this classic piece of American engineering, however, you should be able to find it for around $7,000 – if you look hard enough, that is.

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Nikola Potrebić
About Nikola Potrebić

Despite driving a piece of junk, Nikola still manages to survive the harrowing experience called "A road trip in a Yugo," day in, day out. On the other hand, precious few things move him as muscle cars do. Especially those from the bygone golden era, which makes him wonder why wasn't he born a few decades earlier? Well, at least he's been given the opportunity to enjoy the likes of the Pontiak Aztek, Chrysler PT Cruiser, Fiat Multipla, and other lovely millennials, right? Come to think of it, I'll stick with my Yugo. Thank you very much.

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