1979 Pontiac Firebird
To get the classic styling of the late ‘70s Trans Am without the hefty price tag that a generation of “Smokey and the Bandit” enthusiasts are responsible for triggering, consider bringing home a 1979 Pontiac Firebird. If you hold out for the 1979, then you’ll get one with the 220 horsepower Pontiac 400 V-8 engine. This model also comes with the WS6 handling package that includes the carmaker’s renowned alloy wheels and four-wheel disc brakes. Pontiac made just 24,851 Firebirds in 1979. Today, you should be able to pick one up for $11,000 to $16,000.
1970 to 1973 Datsun 240Z
As one of the first cars from Japan to gain popularity in America, the Datsun 240Z continues to draw classic car enthusiasts. The early models from the 1970s are comfortable to ride in, fun to drive and reliable. During the ‘70s, Datsun equipped the Z with a six-cylinder engine that reaches 60 miles per hour in a mere 7.8 seconds, and since its top speed is 125 miles per hour, the Japanese sports car outperforms the Porsche 911T and the Jaguar E-Type from these years. The car model comes in hues like orange, red and yellow. Today, you can get one for around $15,000.
1974 to 1976 Dodge Dart Sport
During the ‘70s, the performance capabilities of American made cars was reaching its lowest levels, but amid these drops, a few cars featured engines that could still provide a punch. One of these vehicles was the Dodge Dart Sport. When tested for speed, the Dart came in second behind the Corvette. This model actually beat out the Trans Am. Dodge developed the car with a 200 net horsepower V-8 engine. Today, these cars go for about $5,000 to $8,000.
Classic automobiles and muscle cars from the 1970s allow you to own a piece of the past. Affordable options are available from Pontiac, Datsun and Dodge. With the keys to a classic vehicle, you’ll have a car that is sure to draw attention every time you’re on the road.
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