I'm looking to purchase a muscle car. I'm quite new to older american cars
so I'd really like some opinions on what would be a good *first* car. I'm
not looking to spend too much, (7,000 US or so), and I really like the lines
of cars like the Charger and the 67 Pontiac LeMans. Basically I'm looking
for advice on what will be an easy car to get parts for, which ones to stay
away from, etc.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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For $7,000 you most likely won't be able to get one of the more
desirable muscle cars out there in good shape. They tend to start at
$10,000. For 7G's you should be able to find a good looking daily
driver but not much more. Hemmings Motor News is a good magazine to
get a general idea on the kind of cars that your budget will buy.
68' RS Camaro
88' Formula Bird
Some are wise and some are otherwise
I didn't get a muscle car like the poster wanted, but I did get a good
running, rust free 1970 Sport Fury 4dr sedan with 93,000 orignal miles for
$800.00. Get more looks & waves & people comming up and talking to me about
my car than I ever imagined. Never have had this ever happen to me in over
38 yrs of driving I just thought I had bought a good runing older car. My
teenage son's friends go nuts over it too. In my days I would have turned my
nose up at it. It is beyond me. he car to have in my days was 55-57 Chev
preferably a Nomad .
We drive Fords now because GM isn't making anything right now that interests me,
but you just can't beat a Chevy.
68-72 Malibu if you're willing to buy a handyman special and put in some
82-92 Camaro if you just want to "buy and drive". That body style of Camaro is
destined to become a classic as they age (just my opinion) and for $7000 you can
get a lot of quick beautiful car. Check eBay---there's some gorgeous rolling
stock to be had for that kind of money.
I got an excellent 2nd generation camaro for that price with 40000 miles, no
rust whatsowever, with 350ci V8, here in the Netherlands. Prices in USA should
be similar or lower. Good first gen camaros are well over $10K, both in USA and
The '76 camaro was my very first American car, and I am delighted with it. The
only thing that I hate about it, is fuel consumption of 22mpg. (fuel is heavily
taxed around here: US$ 4.94 per gallon).
What I find amazing about old American cars, is that new parts will always be
available, and are even very cheap. European parts will stop very early in the
car's lifecycle, are never compatible between models, and are prohibitively
I have a wonderful proof of my intelligence, which this char is too small
Here is a Fuirebird for sale in Portland, Oregon. Not mine just saw the ad.
'Unhappily selling 67 Firebird. 2spd. Interior is in great condition. Seats
no tears rips etc Original radio. New Carpet w/pad 400 hood Rear Spoiler.
New GM 5yr ago Fenders and Doorskins 71 455 Pontiac engine needs rebuilt.
Not a rust bucket. Send email for pdf w/more details n photos. Asking
$3200.00 503-684-5669 Tigard firstname.lastname@example.org"
should be similar or lower. Good first gen camaros are well over $10K, both
in USA and
heavily taxed around here: US$ 4.94 per gallon).
in the car's lifecycle, are never compatible between models, and are
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