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August 2011 Issue
 
ARTICLE
Something Different
By Robert McLellan
 

Are you on a budget and cannot afford a 1930s classic or a high performance muscle car; don't have the time or skill to create a hot rod; and a Ferrari is simply out of the question?

Let's be practical and yet have something that will make heads turn and make you feel proud. Most of us want to own a car or truck that is fun – one, which stands out from the other vehicles on the road, and something that can be driven daily. Of course, it should come at a reasonable price and not cost too much to get into good working condition.

Today, as you drive to and from work, you mostly see 2000 - 2011 cars, pick-up trucks and some beat-up 1990s vehicles. For example, the Corvettes, Mustangs and Camaros are all relatively new. But when a 1970s or 1980s Corvette, Mustang or Camaro passes by, it grabs your attention. Have you looked at the price of those older cars? They are CHEAP! Parts are readily available, maintenance is inexpensive and you can drive it every day; also to car shows on the weekends! Just think about that. They make sense and they are future collectibles.

Your present everyday transportation is depreciating each day and you are just one of the "other" cars on the road. But since a 1970s-1980s car is a collectible in the making, it will appreciate in value with every passing day. And if you sell it in a few years from now, you will most likely get more than what you paid for it.

Here are examples of auto literature that will provide you with information for researching that special car.

 
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Cadillac - 1977

Chevrolet - 1976

Chevrolet - 1978
     

Chevrolet - 1985

Chrysler - 1977

Chrysler - 1990
     

Datsun - 1974

Dodge - 1975

Dodge - 1979
     

Fiat - 1975/76

Fiat - 1979

Ford - 1976
     

Ford - 1978

Ford - 1979

GMC - 1973
     

GMC - 1973

Jeep - 1976

Lincoln - 1975
     

Lincoln - 1979

Mercury - 1985

Mercury - 1987
     

MG - 1979

Nissan - 1985

Pontiac - 1974
     

Pontiac - 1974

Pontiac - 1975

Pontiac - 1982
     

Pontiac - 1984

Porsche - 1977

Shelby - 1983
     

Triumph - 1975

Triumph - 1975-77

Volkswagen - 1979
     
 
 
 
The Automotive Chronicles, August 2011
 
 
 
 
 
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