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So I've got a few toys and I figure a "collector" car is due. Doesn't have to necessarily be something that will appreciate or hold it's value like some of these crazy expensive cars I see at shows. Looking for something fun, easy to maintain, easy parts to find and don't want to break the bank....realistically I'd like to find something for $7k-$10k.

I keep going back and forth with a bunch of different vehicles. Like the look of a few of the older Camaro models, Porsche, Chevy C10, Bronco, El Camino, Corvette. Not even sure if they're all considered "collector cars" but they look fun and you can find them fairly easily. The reality is I really don't know what I want, but just want to get some opinions and figure eventually I'll really be drawn to a specific model.

What says THT?

For the record, I'm not sure what collectable, collector, classic, antique really is...I believe FL states the vehicle must be 30 years of age to qualify for antique, so in my eyes all these cars are collector/ables lol

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Chevelle or nova if you can find one in good shape and not rusted out completely.
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70 Olds 442 convertible.....or a 70-71 Buick GS convertible.

Buy either of them right and they will never lose any money.

Gonna cost more than your budget if really cherry.




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Originally Posted by Finfever21 View Post
Chevelle or nova if you can find one in good shape and not rusted out completely.
Rust makes me nervous...which is one thing I tend to see with the Broncos. Bronco is obviously a different direction that the other vehicles but I think it'd be a cool tailgate truck and I've always loved them.
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Originally Posted by triumphrick View Post
70 Olds 442 convertible.....or a 70-71 Buick GS convertible.

Buy either of them right and they will never lose any money.

Gonna cost more than your budget if really cherry.



I tend to see a big price difference from a cherry to something that needs work. I don't mind needing some paint or spending a few bucks, as long as it runs well and is not a rust bucket.
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Reality check - $7-10k is not going to get you a collector quality car unless you go far from mainstream in terms of collectibility - mostly mid to late 1970's vehicles: Chevy Monte Carlo, Vega or Monza, Ford Pinto or Mustang II, AMC Pacer, Pontiac Grand Prix or very basic Firebird; if you step up to the 1980's - maybe a Pontiac Grand Prix, Fiero or Firebird, Chevy Camaro or Monte Carlo, Buick Riviera, Ford Thunderbird or early gen 4 Mustang.
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Any classic Bronco (66-77) in decent shape is going to be well over $10K now. Friend of mine has an uncut one in perfect original shape and has been offered $90K for it and won't sell. I used to rebuild them when I was in High School and sell them. I love them but you can't touch them anymore for a reasonable price.

I bought an 06 Porsche Cayman S 2 yrs ago more as a daily driver. I don't think they are going to appreciate in value much, if at all, but it is so damn fun to drive. I was able to get on in great shape with all the options I wanted for $23K with 60k miles on it.
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Collector Porsche doesn’t even belong in this thread, at that price range!
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At your budget look at 80's Mustangs - especially 4 eyed.
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Originally Posted by Finfever21 View Post
Chevelle or nova if you can find one in good shape and not rusted out completely.
I'll second the Nova idea - very desirable around this area and can easily be moded-up if you like (283/327/350/396/etc.). I had a '69 "250" in-line six-banger auto (new) that cost about $1/lb. back in '69, and a '74 "350 auto" (used/gas hog) I bought in the late '70's. I liked the '69 body better - around the taillight area. '73/'74's seem to be rust-prone around the taillights.

Similar Chevelles are gonna' probably cost more - apples to apples.

Have fun on the hunt!

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Originally Posted by LI32 View Post
Reality check - $7-10k is not going to get you a collector quality car unless you go far from mainstream in terms of collectibility - mostly mid to late 1970's vehicles: Chevy Monte Carlo, Vega or Monza, Ford Pinto or Mustang II, AMC Pacer, Pontiac Grand Prix or very basic Firebird; if you step up to the 1980's - maybe a Pontiac Grand Prix, Fiero or Firebird, Chevy Camaro or Monte Carlo, Buick Riviera, Ford Thunderbird or early gen 4 Mustang.
re-read my OP man...i put collector in quotations because everybody has different view. Technically any of these vehicles are collectable cars, but I'm not looking for these sought after expensive cars. It's my first and just want something that runs well and is fun.

I guess my main question(s) should be....which are the easiest to work on and find in my price range.
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Originally Posted by caper View Post
At your budget look at 80's Mustangs - especially 4 eyed.
Yeah, I was looking at the mustangs but when I put them next to 70s Corvettes....i prefer the Chevy.....and I'm actually a Ford guy (owned 3)
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What? No MOPAR on your list?
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Originally Posted by Bruce W View Post
I'll second the Nova idea - very desirable around this area and can easily be moded-up if you like (283/327/350/396/etc.). I had a '69 "250" in-line six-banger auto (new) that cost about $1/lb. back in '69, and a '74 "350 auto" (used/gas hog) I bought in the late '70's. I liked the '69 body better - around the taillight area. '73/'74's seem to be rust-prone around the taillights.

Similar Chevelles are gonna' probably cost more - apples to apples.

Have fun on the hunt!

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Man I dont see any in my area...but then again, I'm in Miami and i think I'll have better luck looking around the state. The Nova does look cool and seems to be in my range.

Thanks
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That budget might get a mid 80's Monte Carlo SS with a 180 hp 305.
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Pros and Cons to the mid to late 70s Corvettes?
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$7-10k will barely get you a high quality paint job with minor body work. Like someone else said, Fox Body Mustangs are in your price range, and you can find a nice one at that. Or an IROC Z if you are a Chevy guy. Anything older than mid 70's is going to be a junker at that price range, and by the time you get it nice, you'll have way more money into it.
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7-10 k won’t get you much now a days .
The televised “watch how much I can spend “ auctions have driven prices way up.
Looked at a 68 camaro last week. “Total restoration “
Car was a driver ,slapped together , price was 25k.
You may be able to find a no so desired vehicle.
Larger body Caprice,Chrysler product .
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Champagne dreams with beer money!!
but I get your intent...you will be disappointed what you get for that budget....add a zer0
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Originally Posted by RipTideBBQ View Post
Collector Porsche doesn’t even belong in this thread, at that price range!
I don't know much on these cars...but I seen a few 944 or 924s. Maybe not considered "collector" by real collectors...but its a collectable to me lol

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