Everybody in the car world knows that nowadays, collector car prices are insane. Once affordable, some used cars are high-priced and highly sought-after way above the reach of the average car enthusiast. In just a few years, some models costing $10,000 have become $50,000. Although it’s hard to keep up with the market, cruising along the coastal highway in your classic car is one of the best feelings in life.
Even though most bona fide classics cost a fortune, there is still a way to get this sensation for budget prices. Forget the expensive Porsches or exotics, because here are the 16 best classic cars you can enjoy on a modest salary. And best of all, you can maintain, repair and modify these classics without the fear of losing value. For just a few thousand dollars, you can become the proud owner of one of these models and start cruising today.
BMW E21 3-Series
Most people know the BMW 2002 or E30 generation of the 3-Series. However, they have forgotten about the first modern 3-Series model in production between 1975 and 1983. Internally known as the E21, this BMW possessed all the top characteristics of the brand.
In fact, it was one of the best affordable cars in the late ‘70s. With its light weight two-door body, sporty design, rev-happy six-cylinder engines, and rear wheel drive, the E21 was the purest form of driving pleasure. The most desirable version is the 323i with 147 HP, which is more than enough in a car this light.