The June 09 issue of Car Craft just hit my desk. As usual, I did my initial scan through the magazine but the cover had me intrigued with what might be inside. Right under the Car Craft heading was the subtitle “Top 10 Affordable Project Cars”. This is everyone’s dream to know. What are the best deals on the cars we want to collect? I found the page and began to read. I was shocked.
Here is Car Crafts picks for the Top 10 Affordable Project Cars.
10. 65 to 72 Cadillacs
9. 75 to 79 X-Body GM cars (Nova, Omega, Ventura or Skylark)
8 thru 5. 78 to 84 Fairmont and Zephyr / 81 to 86 Ford Granada and LTD II / 83 to 85 Mercury Marquis / 83 to 88 Thunderbird
4. 78 to 88 GM A- and G Bodies (Malibu, Monte Carlo, Cutlass etc)
3. 82 to 04 S-10s and Blazers
2. Wrong Year Muscle Cars: 74 and later Mustang, Camaro, El Camino etc.
1. C4 Corvette
Now, I have a few questions for all you gearheads out there. If you are going to do a Project car don’t you want to be able to take it to a cruise at your local Dairy Queen or one of the local shows? Most local shows and crusies have a 1972 cut off (but it isn’t always enforced).
If you are going to do a project car you most likely are going to modify the motor. If it is p0st 1972 most areas want a smog test. How are you going to pass a smog tests, legally?
If you agree with me that it costs as much to modify a 1967 vehicle as it does a post 1972 why not invest a few dollars more in the base vehicle and have what you want?
And finally, if you put a bunch of money into a project car and it comes time to sell it and move up; do you think you are going to get more of your investment of dollars and labor back out of a 72 Cady, a 88 Cutlas or a 66 Mustang?
Nothing against any of the cars listed; I like being different and driving what no one else does but man I will never invest time and money in a Fairmont or Zephyr!
Use the comment box below to tell me what you think, are these really the Top Ten? What is your Top 10?