What do you think of when you hear “classic car”? Does an old, refined, and expensive automobile come to mind? Most likely. We are used to associating classics with high prices. Should we though?
Here is the thing: classics are high value, but that does not always mean expensive. With a little patience and devotion, you can find one that fits your budget. Many models have been forgotten, but that does not make them less interesting. Neither are they unworthy of enjoying your care.
Below we have listed seven classic cars that should be able to fit a smaller budget. At the same time, they are an awesome addition to any garage. And chances are their value will appreciate with time!
What are some of the most affordable classic cars?
Ford Model A Tudor Sedan 1930
Ford Мodel A, also referred to as ‘The A’ or ‘A-Bone,’ carries the refined classic spirit of the truly old vehicles. Not only does this car remind you of the pre-World War II era, but it is also perfect for touring and has room for four people. Of course, provided you learn how to take care of it.
The Ford Model A was produced on October 20, 1927, and sold from 1927 until 1931. Back then its prices ranged from 385 to 1400 dollars; nowadays the average price for Ford Model A in a good condition is around $13,000. Though it would likely only go up for well-maintained models.
Fiat 126 replaced Fiat 500 and was first introduced in 1972. It has a cute aesthetic and being rather small, you can even turn it into a project car. However, since it is fairly unknown and does not carry the quintessential classic look, you can find for dirt cheap. Its price ranges from $750-3,000 depending on how well maintained the car is. People find it fun to drive and fairly easy for a vintage car.
Do you want to drive a classic that is also considered an awesome sports car? You cannot go wrong with this one. You can buy this classic car today for less than 5 grand. Plus, for a fairly cheap vintage car, it has quite a decent fanbase. People often turn this into a project car, because it lends itself to some great adjustments.
If you are into this sort of stuff, you can do more research on this model. It definitely has a lot of things to excite you with. Plus you will own one of the most interesting sports cars in history!
Spitfire! How cool is that name? This two-seat British sports car was first introduced in 1962 and was designed by Italian Giovanni Michelotti. During the production run from 1962 to 1980 5 Spitfire versions were sold: Triumph Spitfire 4 (Mark I), Triumph Spitfire 4 Mark II, Triumph Spitfire Mark III, Triumph Spitfire Mark IV and Triumph Spitfire 1500. Each and every model is unique on its own and just like Datsun Z, you can buy this car for less than $5,000.
Now, you may be wondering why such great cars are not all that expensive. They are not exactly unpopular brands. What gives then? To learn more about that, read this article: How much does a classic car cost?
Another British two-door sports car makes the list. Though fairly unknown, MG is a marque that has garnered a lot of respect for itself. Its Model B replaced MG A in 1962 and its production continued until 1980. The average price for one in good condition is around $8,400. The good news is that there are plenty of those on the market and you can likely score a good unit!
Messerschmitt KR 200 ‘Sport’
This German car maybe a bit quirky looking, but it seems super fun to drive. Plus, would you not like to have a truly unique vehicle? Seriously, just looking at this car can make your day. Its production began in 1955. Then in 1962, KR200’s production started to reduce a lot due to heavy drops in sales, and in 1964 it stopped completely.
The three-wheeled bubble car was restored and rebuilt by Robert Eder as a sports model in 2005. Because of its lightweight, the speed of this car is quite powerful. It could be a bit pricey though, but if you like quirky looking cars then go for it.
Austin-Healey 3000 Mk 1
The British have a knack for aristocratic design. This car looks like a royalty sports car. During the production period from 1959 to 1967, a total of 42,926 cars were made. That means you can probably find a good number of units on the market right now.
Are classic cars a good investment?
Usually, any car you buy nowadays will be a liability. Meaning it will depreciate in price quite quickly. The good thing about classics is that you can expect their value to rise, especially if you maintain them well.
With that said, you have to understand that not all vintage cars are created equal. You should do your research on what to buy, but the ones above are a great start. Here is more information on investing in a classic car.
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