10 Overlooked Vintage Cars
Some vintage cars are very expensive and cannot be enjoyed by most of us. There is a list of fine vehicles that are often underestimated and overlooked.
Every January Scottsdale, Arizona becomes a place to be for all classic car collectors and enthusiasts for an entire week. This event is Auction Week and is known to break records in vintage automobile sales and shows. 2013 was especially rich in records with $228 Million in sales and purchases of such vehicles as 1958 Ferrari GT California Spider and George Barris Batmobile. 31 cars fetched $1M dollars each that year.
Unfortunately, most of us will never own a million dollar car, but not to despair, there are plenty of old vehicles that are either overlooked or just now entering their vintage age and can be bought for a reasonable amount.
1. 1970-73 Datsun 240Z
When this vehicle first came out in the seventies, it was considered one of the best in its sports class. The Z was comfortable, reliable like all Japanese cars, and stylish. This vehicle was faster than Porsche with 60 mph reached in 7.8 seconds and coveted 125 mph maximum. The car was offered in red, yellow, and orange and while it can now fetch $40,000, some are available at as low as $15,000.
2. 1969-70 Ford Mustang Mach 1 428 Cobra Jet
This is Ford, so that could explain why collectors sometimes shy away from this great vehicle. This car is very similar in its characteristics to Shelby, has the same engine and style, but doesn’t carry the same value. It can be had for $100,000. That sounds like a good chunk of money, but it is only about ½ of what Shelby GT 500 cost, so you know you’re getting a great deal.
3. 1964-70 Pontiac GTO
While modern Pontiac went bust, its antique versions haven’t experienced the same fate. This enables collectors to purchase this automobile for just $30,000 or less, while similar Chevrolet Chevelle Super Sport can go for a lot more. This GTO is often referred to as one of the symbols of muscle car era. This beauty achieved 360 hp which was only possible with a 4-speed floor transmission.
4. 1969-73 Triumph TR6
TR6 can be purchased for as little as $15,000. This amount will buy you a mint condition, gorgeous, and powerful British sports creation. The vehicle is famous for its 150 hp, 6-cyllinder motor, and great torque power. The car is popular among first time collectors because of its low maintenance, affordability, and plentiful parts.
5. 1972-75 Porsche 914 2.0
This machine is sadly underrated and under recognized. It can be had for $8,000-12,000. This amount will give you a great condition and low mileage. The reason for such affordability is that this car is overshadowed by its cousin 911.
6. 1967-75 Full Size American Convertibles
Those cars are easy to spot and are still plentiful on American roads. 1967 and younger convertibles are finally making their name known in vintage car markets. Their predecessors, such as 1959 Cadillac DeVille or 1962 Oldsmobile Starfire have been bringing $25,000-125,000, but you can buy a 1968 Ford XL or a 1967 Dodge Polara for as little as $15,000.
7. 1965-75 Station Wagons
These family cars are finally getting some due attention. This might be attributed to the newly revived hippie culture. Despite the rise of their fame, you can still score an excellent specimen for $8,000-10,000. 1967 Buick Sport-Wagon or 1966 Ford Country Squire will be commanding more as times goes on, so don’t wait. These cozy cars are available in orange, yellow, red, or blue and sport a great luggage rack.
8. 1965-85 Pickup Trucks
Those American staple automobiles sport giant chrome grilles, short beds, double color patterns, and hold permanent love in many hearts. 1970 Ford F-100 Ranger can be found for a very affordable $7,500-10,000. With some TLC, it can serve for years of added coolness.
9. Oddball Cars
Whatever way you look, some cars are just design misfortunes and thus have never been loved. We all know of such examples. They are now underpriced antique vehicles and can be owned for very little money. Such cars are 1975 AMC Pacer X Levi’s Edition and 1973-74 VW Thing. These vehicles are and have always been cheap, so don’t expect the value to ever increase.
10. Professional Cars
Limousines or Ambulances are a rare find and are not for wide masses. They are usually inexpensive and in a great shape. Those 100% original vehicles can serve a statement piece in any venue or party you’ll take them to.