20 Best Modern Classics That Won’t Break the Bank

By Vukasin Herbez
20 Best Modern Classics That Won’t Break the Bank

You probably know that those thoroughbred classic cars are extremely expensive pieces of automotive history, going way beyond the reach of an average enthusiast. The prices of well-known luxury coupes and sports cars are approaching the prices of big houses in rich neighborhoods, which is absurd. So, what to do if you are looking for a classic car but you’re on a tight budget?

The solution is simple. Just turn your attention to more modern cars, like those models from the late ’70s, ’80s or even the ’90s. Some are still inexpensive but have the classic charm and potential to become precious future collectibles. The models from the ’50s or ’60s you may lust after are too slow and uncomfortable. But with the more modern cars, you will not have that problem. Modern classics have decent suspensions, comfy seats and working air conditioning systems.

That not only makes them a joy to drive, but you can use them daily. So, here is a list of 20 interesting modern classic cars you can buy inexpensively. All the vehicles on this list cost between $10,000 and $20,000 for low mileage perfect models with a full service history. For less than the price of a new subcompact car, you can enjoy the sports car you have always promised yourself.

  1. Alfa Romeo GTV6

The Tipo 116 was the coupe version of the Alfetta, which they introduced in the late ’70s. This car had advanced construction and suspensions and featured several interesting details. It had a transaxle gearbox that vastly improved the weight distribution; thus, the handling. And it had a De Dion type rear axle that helped with cornering and driving dynamics.

With a 2.5-liter V6 engine in the front, the GTV6 delivered 160 to 170 HP. That was a vivid performance by the standards of the day. Even today, the GTV6 is famous for its perfect driving dynamics, solid acceleration times and a fantastic soundtrack from the high revving V6. Interestingly, they sold this car in the U.S.

They even sold it with an optional turbo kit by Callaway performance that was good for a whopping 233 HP. The prices are affordable, and this could be a perfect starter classic if you are into Italian sports cars. Since the earlier Tipo 105 coupe had experienced a spike in values, you can expect the same thing will happen with this model. So, pick up one now while they are still inexpensive and easy to find.

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