If you’re a muscle car enthusiast, you probably know prices of the most desirable models are skyrocketing well beyond the reach of the average buyer. Cars that originally cost $3,000 to $4,000 new are going for $70,000 to $80,000 today. There are some classic muscle cars even selling for one million dollars or more.
This means the dream of owning a GTO Judge, Hemi Road Runner or Shelby Mustang will probably remain just a dream. However, not all is lost, because there are still more than a few bargains on the classic muscle car market. These are not restoration projects or cars that are not roadworthy. They are from the ’60s, early ’70s, and even ’80s. Check them out via Altdriver right here.
30. Mercury Cougar
When Ford introduced the Mustang in 1964, it became a global hit and started a revolution among Detroit’s major players. Just three years later, almost every carmaker had a pony car in their lineup. Chevrolet introduced the Camaro, Pontiac presented the Firebird and Mercury had the Cougar.
Mercury introduced a true luxury GT model. They built the Cougar on the Mustang platform but stretched it a couple of inches to achieve better ride quality. The Mercury Cougar was available with V8 engines while the six-cylinders were for entry-level Mustangs.
They offered a wood-trimmed dash and leather seats. Some said the Cougar was just a luxury Mustang, but it was an independent model. Until 1969, the car only came as a coupe. The ultimate version to combine muscle car power and luxury was the mighty Cougar XR-7.
This model had the 390 V8 engine with 320 HP, but buyers could also opt for the GT package. It included a beefed-up suspension and stronger brakes and steering. The XR-7 was a popular model, so they produced over 27,000 in 1967, yet only 2,600 came with the GT package. In recent years, prices have started to rise. Yet they’re still affordable compared to other muscle cars, so $20,000 should get you a nice one.