Although the ’80s have become a hot decade when it comes to collectible cars, the majority of car enthusiasts look to the ’60s and ’70s for their favorite models, and it’s easy to see why. The ’60s and early ’70s brought some of the most memorable sports and muscle coupes. It was the combination of style and performance that created legends that are still relevant. For sports and muscle fans, the ’60s and early ’70s are the golden age of the car industry.
So here is an interesting list of affordable American and foreign coupes they produced in that period and imported to U.S. soil. But you won’t see any expensive Porsche 911s, Jaguar E-Types, Shelby Mustangs or six figures models on this list. These are the cars you can still buy for a reasonable amount of money. You can enjoy these classics without worrying that driving will damage their value.
The ’60s and the ’70s are interesting decades for research since they offer a wealth of models that all have classic car status. In that time, American car manufacturers faced serious competition in the form of several European brands. There was even a significant attack from some upcoming Japanese companies. So keep reading to learn about some eclectic and colorful classic coupes that won’t break your budget.
The 510 is an interesting car. Today, it is popular among JDM enthusiasts in America. However, this wasn’t a proper sports car. Standard 510s were just regular, affordable, compact sedans or wagons that were popular with cash-strapped buyers in the late ’60s and early ’70s.
But, the small, lightweight body, lively engines, independent rear suspension and rear-wheel drive transformed this economy compact into a small performance car similar to the BMW 2002 or Alfa Giulia Ti.
The base engine was a 1.6-liter four cylinder with 96 HP. But with the 1.8-liter unit with twin barrel carburetors; this little car had some power and a convincing performance. It was also available as a two-door coupe, which became a popular basis for modifications. The 510 was one of the first successful racing cars in America. Also, it was SCCA champion in the capable hands of John Morton from the Brock Racing Enterprises team.