It happens all the time. You see a perfectly restored muscle car from Detroit’s golden age and you start to drool. Then you find out it went for $68,000 at auction. For that type of money, you could buy a brand-new Camaro ZL1 or the 2007 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 and have plenty left over. But that wasn’t the point. Finding a classic was the idea. If only the nice ones were affordable.
Actually, the muscle car boom — which lasted roughly from 1965 to ’75 — left behind scores of treasures for enthusiasts. Without an intense search, you can find examples of the era’s best nameplates for less than Toyota charges to drive a new Corolla off the lot. You don’t have to be a wizard with a wrench, either, though it would help in the long run.
To make our point, we picked out 10 vintage rides that had multiple listings around $15,000 or less, and we did not include auctions. Here are 10 classic muscle cars almost anyone can afford.