5 Cool American Classic Cars for Less Than $5,500
Summertime is almost here, the lawns have been manicured, and it’s officially time for car show season to commence. For many, that means pulling out the classic car from the garage and readying a fresh wax. For others, owning a classic might not seem in the budget. But buying your own classic car doesn’t have to break the bank… especially if you like four-doors. In fact, if you’re a bit handy under the hood (or want to learn), it doesn’t have to cost much at all. Need convincing? Just take a peek at the following five classics – all up for sale for less than $5,500. 1962 Ford Fairlane 500
A ‘62 Ford Fairlane is not exactly a car you buy to go fast in, but that’s of no major concern because it simply looks so good sitting still. The Fairlane played middle sibling to the Falcon and Galaxie beginning in 1962, and this one – with its 221ci V8 and 500 trim – appears to be highly original.
1951 Plymouth Cranbrook
Of all the marques that have disappeared over the years, Plymouth is one that stings a bit more than the rest. Names like Satellite, Road Runner, and Barracuda come to mind. Admittedly, ‘Cranbrook’ does not, though in its day the Cranbook was a popular buy – sold over 500,000 in ’51 – and continues to age well in the styling department.
1949 Oldsmobile 88
The barn find is the new concours classic, just with a lot more dust, and this 'Eighty-Eight' is one such car. The seller writes that it was pulled out of a local barn, and though wearing some very non-original tires in the back, it looks pretty spiffy for a 66-year-old car. Lift up that hood and you’ll find the legendary Rocket V8 – an important benchmark in post-war overhead-valve V8s.
1962 Dodge Lancer 770
Nothing quite says “I have arrived” like pulling up in a Dodge Lancer. Though despite that wild styling, the Lancer didn’t write checks its performance couldn’t cash. If you spec’ed up your Lancer’s slant-six at the dealer, you could opt for the ‘Hyper Pak’. These race engineered upgrades set Lancers and Valiants down the road in as much a hurry as the big V8s of the day.
1964 Ford F-100
You don’t get to be America’s favorite pickup for slacking off in the styling department, and this ’64 F100 styleside is proof. The design is clean, minimalist and – like many cars of the mid to late ‘60s – has continued to age extraordinarily well. Equipped with the Y-block 292ci V8… it ought to get along just fine too.
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