Performance cars are hot, and with summer coming youll want to get in on the action. Thumbing through the dozens of classified papers youve paid $25 for, you finally say to yourself, There arent any clean 60s musclecars left for under $5,000. But we have some good news for you. There are plenty of affordable Chevrolet performance candidates that offer outstanding performance potential at bargain prices.
Were talking about third-gen Camaros (82-92), 78-87 El Caminos, 78-88 A- and G-bodies, 77-96 B-body Caprices/Impalas, and 82-92 S-10 pickups. Depending on condition and age, weve seen these machines go for between $500 and $5,000. If you need performance parts for these cars, the aftermarket has all kinds of cool bolt-on items to make them accelerate, handle, and stop at adrenaline-pumping rates.
To give you an idea of whats out there, weve compiled some simple performance blueprints for each car. For the real budget-conscious, self-service wrecking yards are full of donor cars that offer suspension and brake upgrades that often interchange between these cars.
In essence, weve assembled a list of cars that you can buy for reasonable prices right now to gain all the performance you long for while still keeping a streetable and smog-legal car. If you do it right, we promise the results will be sizzling.
Check 'em out in the sidebars below.