THIS IS BEST BUY IN MUSCLE CARS RIGHT NOW

A sharp 1970 Chevelle LS6 can reset you by $ 75,000 or more. The same applies to a Boss 302 Mustang. A 1969 Plymouth GTX 4-Speed ​​can run for over $ 40,000, which is still unaffordable for many car enthusiasts. They do not even want to know what freshly restored Dodge Daytona would cost.

The simple fact is that most fast sports cars are off the top of the muscle-car era outside the reach of the average worker. But there is an exception.

What if you could buy a name brand muscle car from the late ’60s or early’ 70s that was widely recognized as one of the finest cars of its era for about fifteen thousand dollars? Well, you can.

1970 Chevelle

As I pointed out in my 2014 article on the subject, the Mercury Cougar is perhaps the most underrated muscle car on the market today, and has not changed in the last three years. This is still the time to buy. They are still the best value for money in the collector car hobby.

Let’s be fair. You will not steal a special 1969 Cougar Eliminator on the cheap. You will not get one of those glorious Q-code Ram Air 428 Cobra Jet engines for fifteen thousand. You probably will not even get a four-speed gearbox.

But you can still buy an amazing car. With a budget of about fifteen grand, here’s what you can realistically expect:

A Mercury Cougar from the years 1968 to 1973, which was set back with good color, new seat covers and a fresh interior to the level of a good everyday driver. Yes, you can get a convertible in this price range, if that’s what you want.

You will receive a 302 cubic inch (or 351 cubic inch) Windsor small block V8 engine that will produce a respectable 210-300 horsepower, depending on the model and year. Expect an automatic transmission. Four-speed gearboxes drive up the price significantly.

Expect an “earth tone” paint job. Different shades of gold, brown, copper, dark blue and deep green are the common colors found on affordable cougars. Mercury’s famous vibrant “Grabber” colors can push up the price and were often reserved for high-end performance models.

Somewhat surprising is the fact that you can expect to find an affordable cougar with the Mercuryx XR-7 Trim package. The XR-7 package became so popular that its inclusion today has little impact on the value of the car. If you want an XR-7 for about fifteen grand, you’ll have little trouble finding one.

Here are a few secrets to help you find a better deal without leaving our designated price range. The 1968 Cougars look mild, but they can sometimes be more powerful. The ’68 came with an optional “Super 302” V8 that contained a four-barrel carburetor and 230 hp instead of 210. Most people do not know the difference.

The Cougar of 1971 with a 351 4-barrel made a respectable 300 hp. These models are among the best and most sought-after low-cost cougars. And be careful, although the 1973 model had a newer and more luxurious styling, the performance of the 351 engine had dropped to 168 hp at that time.

Happy hunting. I’ll leave you some encouraging examples of excellent Cougars selling below fifteen thousand dollars last year:

1. 1968 Mecury Cougar, blue, 302 V8 (210 hp version), automatic transmission, 11,500 €

2. 1973 Mercury Cougar XR-7, Gold, 351 V8, automatic transmission, 10.500 €

3. 1970 Mercury Cougar, blue, 351 V8, automatic transmission, 13,500 USD

4. 1968 Mercury Cougar XR-7, beige, 351 V8, automatic transmission, € 9,000

5. 1973 Mercury Cougar XR-7 Cabriolet, green, 351 V8, automatic transmission, 13.500 €

Stephen Cox

Sopwith Motorsports Television Productions

Driver, Super Cup Stock Car Series & EGT Chamnegill Engine Performance

This is the best buy in muscle cars now

A sharp 1970 Chevelle LS6 can reset you by $ 75,000 or more. The same applies to a Boss 302 Mustang. A 1969 Plymouth GTX 4-Speed ​​can run for over $ 40,000, which is still unaffordable for many car enthusiasts. They do not even want to know what freshly restored Dodge Daytona would cost.

The simple fact is that most fast sports cars are off the top of the muscle-car era outside the reach of the average worker. But there is an exception.

What if you could buy a name brand muscle car from the late ’60s or early’ 70s that was widely recognized as one of the finest cars of its era for about fifteen thousand dollars? Well, you can.

As I pointed out in my 2014 article on the subject, the Mercury Cougar is perhaps the most underrated muscle car on the market today, and has not changed in the last three years. This is still the time to buy. They are still the best value for money in the collector car hobby.

Let’s be fair. You will not steal a special 1969 Cougar Eliminator on the cheap. You will not get one of those glorious Q-code Ram Air 428 Cobra Jet engines for fifteen thousand. You probably will not even get a four-speed gearbox.

But you can still buy an amazing car. With a budget of about fifteen grand, here’s what you can realistically expect:

A Mercury Cougar from the years 1968 to 1973, which was set back with good color, new seat covers and a fresh interior to the level of a good everyday driver. Yes, you can get a convertible in this price range, if that’s what you want.

You will receive a 302 cubic inch (or 351 cubic inch) Windsor small block V8 engine that will produce a respectable 210-300 horsepower, depending on the model and year. Expect an automatic transmission. Four-speed gearboxes drive up the price significantly.

Expect an “earth tone” paint job. Different shades of gold, brown, copper, dark blue and deep green are the common colors found on affordable cougars. Mercury’s famous vibrant “Grabber” colors can push up the price and were often reserved for high-end performance models.

Somewhat surprising is the fact that you can expect to find an affordable cougar with the Mercuryx XR-7 Trim package. The XR-7 package became so popular that its inclusion today has little impact on the value of the car. If you want an XR-7 for about fifteen grand, you’ll have little trouble finding one.

Here are a few secrets to help you find a better deal without leaving our designated price range. The 1968 Cougars look mild, but they can sometimes be more powerful. The ’68 came with an optional “Super 302” V8 that contained a four-barrel carburetor and 230 hp instead of 210. Most people do not know the difference.

The Cougar of 1971 with a 351 4-barrel made a respectable 300 hp. These models are among the best and most sought-after low-cost cougars. And be careful, although the 1973 model had a newer and more luxurious styling, the performance of the 351 engine had dropped to 168 hp at that time.

Happy hunting. I’ll leave you some encouraging examples of excellent Cougars selling below fifteen thousand dollars last year:

1. 1968 Mecury Cougar, blue, 302 V8 (210 hp version), automatic transmission, €11,500

2. 1973 Mercury Cougar XR-7, Gold, 351 V8, automatic transmission, €10,500

3. 1970 Mercury Cougar, blue, 351 V8, automatic transmission, €13,500

4. 1968 Mercury Cougar XR-7, beige, 351 V8, automatic transmission, €9,000

5. 1973 Mercury Cougar XR-7 Cabriolet, green, 351 V8, automatic transmission, €13,500