With all the cost and excitement with muscle cars, it is hard to believe that at one point the thought about them was just “It’s and old car”.
In fact, given the fuel economy (or lack there of) of muscle cars, during the gas embargos of the 70’s, you probably couldn’t hardly give them away.
Now some of them are worth more than most peoples houses. Hard to believe huh?
Actually, while I love muscle cars, the value of some of them is enough to boggle the mind. Sure, they are rare, maybe only a few made with that engine, but still.
The down side is that owning an original muscle car is a major expense for a lot of people.
On the plus side, there are still cars that still fit into the “it’s just an old car” category. If you are not worried about having the muscle car engine in the first place, like if you want to swap something else in anyway, there are plenty of options out there.
In fact, when I was doing research for this post on Craigslist (honest, it was research, not dreaming), I found a 1968 Dodge Dart for $500. Sure, for that price it was a four door with a slant six, but from what I could see in the pics, it wasn’t horribly rusted.
So as long as you are willing to look past the typical, you can still find deals. Although starting with a six cylinder may be more expensive than a base V8 if you want to swap engines since sometimes there are changes that need to be made to fit the V8, such as transmissions and cross members, or K members if you are into Mopars.
But look at wagons and four doors. They may not look as sleek, but they are often cheaper, and actually more unique than the two doors. When is the last time you saw a four door at a car show, or a wagon that wasn’t a two door? Something to keep in mind.
Although it isn’t all roses. There often aren’t as many body and trim parts available, so keep that in mind when you are doing mental calculations on how much it would take to turn it into the car of your dreams.
And unless you have recently built a similar car in similar shape, take what ever number you come up with and double it for a safer budget.