The beloved muscle car is an endangered species. With increasing pressure from governments and environmental organizations around the world to produce more environmentally friendly vehicles, manufacturers are dropping large engines in favor of smaller ones, aided by turbochargers, superchargers and electric motors. Rumors are already circulating that the Camaro could be discontinued in 2024, and if they turn out to be true, it’s only a matter of time before the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger follow.
This is sad news for any gear stick, but it also means it’s a great time to buy muscle cars and enjoy them while they’re still around. Fortunately, there are many cheap options in the used car market, and we’ve listed some of the best below.
10/10 1993 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra – $25,000
Let’s start with one of the best special edition Mustangs ever made – the 1993 SVT Cobra. The SVT Cobra was the very first model built by the Ford Special Vehicle Team and it quickly showed what the division stood for.
The SVT Cobra was based on the Fox Platform and was built for one year only. The SVT Cobra outperformed the standard Mustangs of the time as it came with a 4.9-liter V8 that produced 235 horsepower. The 1993 Mustang SVT Cobra is still affordable today, but since less than 5,000 were made, it’s one of the muscle cars we expect to see rise in value.
9/10 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 – $25,000
When Dodge discontinued the popular Challenger in the 1980s, the gearboxes were broken. People kept asking Dodge to revive the Challenger, and in 2008 Dodge agreed.
The new Challenger proved to be a huge success as the gearboxes loved its muscular design and the fact that it kept the muscle car DNA of its legendary predecessors. It was also super fast, especially the top-of-the-line SRT8 version with a 425 hp V8 under the hood.
8/10 Plymouth GTX – $27,000
If you ask a gearhead to name a Plymouth muscle car, they will immediately think of the Barracuda and the insane Hemi’cuda that spawned it. Many won’t even remember the GTX, although we think it was almost as good as the Barracuda.
First off, the GTX is one of the most beautiful classic muscle carsespecially the 1971 model. The GTX was great to drive too, as it was powered by a 7.0-liter Hemi V8 with an output of 425 horsepower.
7/10 AMC AMX – $19,000
AMC is one of the defunct gearboxes of American automakers that are terribly missing. AMC was known for building affordable cars with great performance, and the AMX was one of his best creations.
AMC built the AMX to compete with the Corvette. It was based on the Javelin, but had a shorter wheelbase, two seats and a 325 hp 6.4 liter V8 engine.
6/10 Chevrolet Camaro 5th Generation – $28,000
The Camaro is one of the most iconic muscle cars ever. The Camaro’s story began in the 1960s and is still being written, as it is one of only three muscle cars left in production.
Unfortunately, there are rumors that Chevy could end the Camaro series as early as 2024. As such, we believe the fifth-generation Camaro is a great investment today.
5/10 2016 Shelby GT350 – $41,000
late 60s, Carroll Shelby took the newly introduced Ford Mustang and turned it into a racing cat known as the Mustang Shelby GT350, creating one of the fastest muscle cars of its time. The Shelby GT350 was so good that Ford has continued to produce it for every Mustang generation since then.
In 2020, Ford confirmed everyone’s fears when it announced it would end the run of the Shelby GT350. This is sad, but you can turn it into something positive by buying a Shelby GT350 as they will surely continue to increase in value.
4/10 2007-2009 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 – $31,000
After the huge success of the Shelby GT350, Carroll Shelby thought it was a good idea to build a bigger, more powerful version, and that’s how the Shelby GT500 was born in 1967. The GT500 was just as good as the GT500, and the GT350 ever since. being discontinued, the GT500 is now the only remaining Shelby Mustang still in production.
To get an affordable GT500, gearboxes have to settle for the 2007-2009 model. Equipped with a 5.4-liter supercharged V8 that generates 500 horsepower in combination with a six-speed manual transmission, the 2007 GT500 is a beast.
3/10 1979 Pontiac Firebird Formula 400 WS6 – $29,000
Pontiac Firebirds produced in the late 1970s have seen their prices explode in recent years, thanks in large part to the 1977 model. The 1977 Firebird Trans Am starred in Smokey and the Banditwhich is why it is a highly sought after collector’s item today.
However, some late 70s Firebirds are still affordable, and the 1979 Firebird Formula 400 WS6 is one of them. The Firebird Formula 400 came exclusively with a 220 hp V8 that gave it above-average performance. The WS6 handling package made it a lot better as it added four-wheel disc brakes and ‘snowflake’ alloy wheels.
2/10 Dodge Dart Demon – $23,500
The Challenger and Charger were the best Dodge muscle cars you could buy in the 60s and 70s. However, there were other decent muscle cars in Dodge’s lineup back then that many ignore. The Dart is one such model.
Dodge placed the Dart below the Charger and Challenger hoping to attract buyers who couldn’t afford the two popular muscle cars, making it a hit. Several versions of the Dart were available and the 1971 Demon is one of the best. The Dart Demon had a 275 horsepower V8 under the hood, giving it great performance.
1/10 2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302 – $40,000
In the late 1960s, Ford introduced the Mustang Boss 302 to take on Chrysler’s Hemi-powered muscle cars. This idea worked great, as the Boss 302 is considered one of the most sought-after special edition Mustangs.
In 2013, Ford decided to honor the classic Boss 302 with a modern version. The classic Boss 302 regularly sells at auctions for over $100,000that’s why we think buying the modern one is a good idea.