Just because you don't have six figures to spend doesn't mean you can't afford a cool classic car. With a little searching, these are the best vintage cars you can find for $20,000 or less.
Because Ford built so many original Mustangs, prices remain low. They're sub-zero cool, simple to work on, and plenty affordable. can be yours for $18,000.
For the longest time, Porsche 944s weren't too popular with collectors, but these days people are starting to show interest. Prices for Turbo models in particular have shot up in the past 12 months. Better act fast. that's available right now for just under the $20,000 mark.
If you're looking for an affordable classic that'll most likely go up in value, consider something JDM. The Autozam AZ-1 is a great candidate, with its mid-engine layout and gullwing doors.
The R107-generation Mercedes SL was produced for 18 years, meaning there are a lot of them around. Prices are still reasonable, though demand for unmolested examples has begun to increase. up for grabs on eBay now.
The last-gen Toyota Supra may have become an unobtainable collector's item, but the earlier versions are still well within reach. No, you won't get the same performance (or Fast & Furious crowd attention), but they're still lovely cars. is listed on eBay right now for under $11,000.
The GTV-6 had big shoes to fill following the lovely Alfetta and before that, the wonderful GTV. Equipped with that magnificent-sounding V6 and a rear-mounted transaxle, it's a joy to drive.
The original CRX of the 1980s was light, simple, fun, and affordable. It remains that way to this day—if you can find an unmolested example, that is. They're few and far in between, but worth the effort. is up for sale for just $4500.
You really can't go wrong with a Beetle. It has a huge fan base, tons of support for parts and DIY maintenance, and iconic style. And because VW sold so many, prices remain low. painted in a lovely shade of blue up for bidding right now.
The original MR2 is now over 30 years old, and makes for one fun piece of machinery. Some say the first-gen cars are a bit twitchy through corners, but treat it with respect (as you should with all classics), and you'll have plenty of fun behind the wheel. in great condition, and can be yours.
Older BMW 3-Series models, especially E30-generation cars, have become hot items in the collector car world. M3 models have grown beyond reach for most people, but normal models like the 325i and 318i can still be found for cheap. up for grabs now.
Need something with a bit more space? The E28-generation 5-Series is another gem from BMW that you don't have to empty your bank account to purchase. As with the 3-Series, the M version of the E28 is well out or reach, but other trims are still reasonably priced. is in wonderful condition, and you can own it.
The Datsun Z is considered one of the prettiest Japanese vehicles ever built. A sleek two-door shape with a long nose and short overhangs compliments a fantastic rear-wheel drive layout and wonderful chassis, paired to a straight-six engine. Prices are going up, but there are still deals to be found if you act fast—and don't mind a little tinkering. is currently on eBay Motors right now.
The GTI has been around since the 1980s, and the earliest models remain the coolest. Lightweight, simple, and agile, the Mk1 and Mk2 GTIs both classic boxy looks and great driving dynamics that any enthusiast will love. in good condition that you can own today.
We know it's hard to believe, but the first Miata is already nearly 30 years old. It first debuted in 1989 as a 1990 model year car, making it a certified classic. It's still one of the best cars you can buy, and since Mazda made so many, prices tend to stay low. , and it's listed for sale for under $9000.
We were supposed to see a modern El Camino revival with the Pontiac G8 ST, but thanks to the economic meltdown, that didn't happen. Still, a classic El Camino is always going to be cool, and you can easily find them for decent prices. on eBay right now.
It may have borrowed a bit from the European sedans at the time, but the Datsun 510 is more than a knockoff BMW. It's a fun little car in its own right. And thanks to Datsun's big-time involvement in racing at the time, this car has a ton of motorsports history.
Yeah, you can buy a new 124 Spider, but spending your money on a classic is more of an adventure. Besides, the old 124s have so much style and class. An added bonus: You''ll have plenty of opportunity for tinkering. listed for sale right now.
Everybody loves a classic truck on the road, even if you're not a "truck person." If you can find an old Ford F-100 in good condition, you should absolutely pick it up (pun intended). Just look at those fenders. listed for just under $20,000.
CJs are always great, but if you're going to buy a classic Jeep, why not get something a little different? Skip the go-to models and get yourself a two-tone Jeepster to stand out from the crowd. , with one day remaining.
There's an inherent coolness that comes with driving an old Mercedes, but if you want to avoid looking like a baller on a budget, you have to reach back a little further than the W124. That's where something like a 220D comes in. Such a classic look.
The BMW Clown Shoe is a collector's dream, but those cars have gotten incredibly pricey lately. For a shooting brake on a budget, look to the MGB GT instead. We wouldn't blame you for picking the drop-top version of the MGB, but the GT is the one for us. .
The first-generation Valiant had a design only a mother could love, but by the mid-1960s, it was updated and looking pretty good. It was sold in several different body styles, including a convertible, and the engines are famous for lasting forever. On a budget, you can't go wrong here. is in great condition, and it's for sale right now.
You can spend a lot of money on one of these if you really want to, but late-1970s Firebirds can also be pretty good deals if you keep an eye out for them. And even if it's not black, you'll still be able to live out your Smokey and the Bandit fantasies. Just make sure you have some Jerry Reed 8-tracks ready to go. right now.
Volvo has quite a few lustworthy classics out there, but if you're trying to keep it affordable, you'll have a hard time finding a better deal than a Volvo 122. It's not quite a P1800, but you still get plenty of style. And if you're concerned about safety, the 122 was the first car to offer a three-point seatbelt as standard back in 1959. , and seems to be in good shape.