When it was time to start our muscle car search the choice wasn't as easy as you might think. Though we loved both the classic American muscle cars (the
'71 Charger and the
'71 Cuda) we cruised in during our high school days, we didn't set our sights on getting one of those dream rides back.
First of all, they are both outrageously expensive even in terrible condition. Second, we wanted to be able to drive the car frequently which wouldn't make sense with a high value vehicle.
Cindy always had a fondness for the ScatPack cars and there were tons of little Darts produced in the early 70s making them easy to find and not in huge demand yet in the car collector environment, even though muscle cars are the rage right now. After some lengthy discussions we narrowed the choice to a 1971 Dart Swinger.
Do you read the last chapter of a book first? If so, CLICK HERE for the end of the story. Otherwise, keep reading.
|1971 Dodge Dart Swinger||1968, 1970, or 1972 Dart|
|340 cu small block V8||318 cu V8|
|Automatic transmission||4 speed (love it, but killer in traffic)|
|Bucket seats||Bench with center armrest (would love houndstooth interior!)|
|Factory Rallye Wheels||Standard wheels and hubcaps|
|Air conditioning||Not negotiable!||Body Color
|Dual hood scoops, Scatpack emblems, tailstripe||Plain Jane, the other can be added|
|Block vinyl top||None|
|Factory dash and interior components||Don't want hacked up dash, front door, or package tray|
|Minimal to no rust||This is a must|
So our expectation was that we can get a good basic car in the price range we want but only if we keep looking persistently. We saw a bunch of rust buckets that would take thousands of dollars to repair for sale for $12-20K.
Obviously people are trying to take advantage of
the muscle car mania that is happening. Our plan was not to pay more for
the car than it is realistically worth.
By the way, one of the keys to success in your muscle car search is to be very sure you know exactly which muscle car you should buy. As mentioned above, it isn't as simple as thinking, "man I want a Hugger Orange Camaro." Click over to the selecting a muscle car page for more tips.
May 05, 17 03:42 PM
Here's the featured muscle car for sale, updated weekly from find-your-muscle-car's recommended sources of great muscle cars!
Feb 03, 17 04:23 PM
Here's what $20K buys you from muscle car dealers in various areas of the US. You don't have to spend a fortune to get what you want.
Jan 25, 17 03:38 PM
Muscle cars are too expensive. How about 300 horsepower for $10k? Get the muscle you want for a reasonable price!