Best Classic Sports Cars To Buy On A Budget

July 11th, 2022 by

Classic Sports Cars

Vintage sports cars evoke memories of the golden era when muscle cars and performance roadsters rule the American freeways. Whether you are an avid collector or a new enthusiast, having one of these rare gems should be one of your goals. At LaFontaine Classic Cars, we are proud to offer cheap sports cars for sale, and here are some of the best models you might find in our inventory:

Mercedes-Benz 560SL

The Mercedes-Benz 560 SL was launched in 1985 as a step up from the 500 SL series, with an improved front wheel suspension and an even better braking system. The 5.6-liter V-8 engine in the car packs a lot of power for a two-seater convertible. Way ahead of its time, the interior still feels like luxury, even by today’s standards, with the heated seats and automatic headrests.

The value of a well-kept or fully restored 560 SL with stock amenities is skyrocketing as many owners refuse to let go of the gems.

C3 Chevrolet Corvette

The C3 was the third generation of the Corvette sports car, and its production ran from 1967 to 1982. It was offered as a coupe or convertible and ran a 5.7-liter V8 engine. The 70s saw the introduction of a 5.7-liter V8 into the line, as the car underwent different design tweaks into the 80s.

You can get a fair condition C3 for less than $10,000, even though some collector’s editions can fetch over $500,000.

MG MGA Roadster

The MG MGA may not be the fastest sports car, but its beauty outshines many cheap sports cars for sale in the country. Powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, the car can reach top speeds of 100 miles per hour, aided by striking aerodynamics. In 1959, the MGA received a facelift, and the engine was upgraded to 1.6 liters.

The highest sale value for an MGA Roadster in pristine condition is around $80,000, while the lowest price on a fair-condition unit is about $8,000.

Porsche 944

Since its launch in 1982, the 944 lurked in the shadows of its elder brother, the Porsche 928 Grand Tourer. The new entrant was designed to pack approximately half of the power found in the 928, with its 2.5-liter water-cooled 4-cylinder engine. In subsequent years, Porsche added more power to the car with different engine variants, including a 16-valve version of the 2.5-liter, a 2.7-liter 8-valve, and a 3.0-liter 16-valve naturally aspirated engine.

The car is quick and easy to drive and is among the cheapest sports cars sold by classic car dealerships.

1985 Nissan 300ZX (Z31)

The Nissan Skyline GT-R is possibly the most popular Japanese sports car, but it couldn’t have held the coveted position without the rise of the ZX models in the 80s. The Z31 was the first Nissan sports car powered by a V6 engine that came in 2.0 and 3.0-liter versions. The 300ZX’s retro-futuristic looks are still a thing of beauty even by today’s standards.

The 300ZX represented a major step-up in Nissan’s aspiration to build a high-performance sports car, and subsequent variants could go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 7.1 seconds.

1988 Mazda RX7 Turbo

Mazda’s attempt at building a performance sports car for the American market was worth the effort, judging by the rising popularity of the RX7 Turbo as a classic. In 1988, the company only released 1500 units of its 10th-anniversary edition, each running on a 1.3-liter turbocharged engine. It also featured special 10 AE badging, 7-spoke alloy wheels, leather interior, an upgraded stereo, and headlight washers.

Fingers crossed, anyone who owns this car may find themselves in the privileged company of vintage sports car owners in a few years.

Pontiac Firebird Trans Am / Chevrolet Camaro

The Pontiac Firebird and the Chevy Camaro were friendly foes and strong rivals in the glorious 60s and 70s, going neck and neck in the performance car market. Sharing the iconic coke bottle styling, the two models outfoxed established brands like the Challenger and the Barracuda and gave the Mustang a run for its money. Both cars proved to be high-performing road machines, each running on powerful V8 engines.

The two iconic cars are experiencing a resurgence as pony car enthusiasts around the country revive their friendly rivalry.

Ford Mustang GT

The Mustang has been the king of muscle cars for many years. The car was built for the American mass market, becoming extremely reliable since its launch in the 1960s. The 1968 Mustang GT 390 is among the most sought-after versions, and a well-kept unit could go for more than $70,000. 

Second (1974-1978) and third-generation (1979-1993) Mustangs are also approaching vintage status, but you could still grab a bargain on any listing of cheap sports cars for sale.

Your Key to the Best Classic Cars & Trucks

If you are looking for cheap sports cars for sale and need someone who knows their way around to hold your hand, LaFontaine Classic Cars would be happy to help. As a community-oriented specialist dealership, we pride ourselves on providing high-quality classic cars at great value throughout the United States. Contact us today to explore our inventory and find your dream class car or truck.

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