1 1970–1973 Datsun 24
2 1969–1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 428 Cobra Jet
3 1964–1970 Pontiac GTO
4 1969–1973 Triumph TR6
A wonderful, brawny, gorgeous British sports car that’s powerful and spirited,an original TR6 in excellent, low-mile condition can be had for as little as $15,000. Powered by a 150-hp 2.5-liter six-cylinder engine, it had major torque. TR6s are easy to maintain and look terrific, and parts are readily available, making them an excellent first collector-car choice.
5 1972–1975 Porsche 914 2.0
Underrated, mostly unappreciated, and certainly undervalued, the Porsche 914 is important for what it was not: a Porsche 911. Excellent examples can be had for as little as $8000 to $12,000.
Here’s a whole group of overlooked classic cars that are finally starting to gain attention. Convertibles from the era just preceding this one, including cars such as the 1959 Cadillac DeVilleor 1962 Oldsmobile Starfire .
7 1965–1975 Station Wagons
The mystique of wagons such as the 1966 Ford Country Squire or the 1967 Buick Sport-Wagon has made them much more popular than they were just five or six years ago. As they get older they’ll get more desirable and more expensive. Try to find one in a fun color, like yellow, red, or blue, and be sure it has a luggage rack.
8 1965–1985 Pickup Trucks
9 Oddball Cars
These are design mistakes, cars that were unloved or misunderstood for most of history, so out of place they’re underrated as classic cars. Good examples include the 1975 AMC Pacer X Levi’s Edition with denim seats, a 1973–1974 VW Thing, or even a 1985–1991 Yugo. Because many of these cars started out as cheap, mass-market transportation, good examples are rare.
10 Professional Cars