For automotive enthusiasts, few vehicles are as appealing as muscle cars. They are fun to drive with classic styling. While there are plenty of models that are nearly impossible to find at this point, there is still hope if you want your own classic muscle car. All of the following models can cost a reasonable amount if you look for one–about the same as any new passenger car. Keep in mind that rare options packages or mint-condition models might drive up the price. While these vehicles aren’t as impressive with crazy zero-to-60 times as some more expensive models, they are in reach for judicious buyers. We’ve also let a few red-blooded American sports cars slip onto the list if they could compete with the best muscle cars at the time. Whether you want a car you can already drive and enjoy or a project vehicle, you will find plenty of options. Here are the best 25 classic muscle cars you can buy.
25. 1985 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z
The 1985 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z was such a fun muscle car that it made it onto Car and Driver’s 10 Best Cars in 1985. Previously, the magazine had chosen it as the best handling vehicle in the country. It is powerful, fun, and gets its job done. It was also reasonable buy at the time, particularly when compared to the Corvette.
The Camaro IROC-Z used a V8 engine that was 305 cubic inches and had between 165 and 215 rated horsepower. This was paired with a 5-speed transmission or a 4-speed automatic. While a later model that has lower horsepower than some, it comes with more modern styling and excellent handling.
The three-door coupe was pure sport styling with a rear-wheel drive configuration and a 2+2 seating arrangement. The interior felt very sporty with its sport gauges and the double-needle speedometer that had both miles per hour and kilometres per hour. While it’s a good muscle car on the cheap, there are plenty more to come.