I don't think you would call them classics, but as an undervalued vehicle that one can enjoy on the cheap, I am more than pleased with a Fox-bodied Mustang convertible. There are lots of them still readily available in all manner of condition and mileage. Unmolested Foxes may be good for show and collection, but my preference is to go with the style you like and re-make it into the car you want to drive forever. There is no end to the list of parts and talent that can help you build an outstanding sample.
With half a million kilometers on my 86 I am not close to wanting to sell it. My wife would kill me, and she doesn't drive. I have made plenty of not so outwardly-obvious changes that have made it into a fantastic and reliable road car, but there are enough upgrades to get lots of attention everywhere we go. And we have gone everywhere with it. All US states, plus all Canadian provinces and territories accessible by road.
One of the fun perks about driving a Fox is the number of people that want to tell you about their Fox from when they were young. So many end their story with "I wish I still had it". I will always be able to say I still have mine.
I own a '97 LX Sport 4.6L V8. But like the SC's, these are all overlooked & undervalued. Beautifully designed cars, great performance, bulletproof reliability & quality, and easy to maintain...they're easily superior to many of the cars on this list.
My previous car was an '89 3.8L V6 Bird. That engine was pretty peppy and got great gas mileage for being able to move a car that size & weight. Also, those cars will take a beating and keep running. I regret the abuse & damage I put on that car in my younger days, but she held up so well that I bought the '97 LX Sport (their last year of production) and have been driving her since without any issues. The MN-12 Birds are one of the best cars Ford ever produced.
Cheap--it's interesting how folks use that word-Most (non professional ) working folks would consider a basic (useable) classic car between 4 & 10,000 a cheap classic--Unless of course you have family Money behind you-- If you can spend 20/30 or more thousand you are well off or Rich-- I mean--I mean--spending that much (a yr or more take home pay) on something you want but don't need is quite a stretch--
In 1988, I bought my wife a new 924S. Like @mbr2000 , I had had a 911 back in the day. I'd also had a 914. The 924S seemed light years more comfy, faster and with better handling. Yes, I realized it was considered a 944's "little brother" and was looked down upon by the hard-core Porsche purists as little more than a fancy VW (although the Stuttgart designation did seem to elevate it a couple of notches above just "924" level). Yeah, my car was viewed as an "entry-level" into the Porsche world. Whatever, thought I, it drove well, looked good, and made the Mrs. happy. I think I paid about $29K - although my memory is a bit hazy. Anyway, she drove it to work, garaged it, and we made a handful of road trips, so the mileage stayed pretty low. We took good care of it. It looks to me like one like it today would cast me around $9,000.
So all of you experts reading this can jump in and tell me how wrong I am, but it seems to me, after having driven one for almost 6 years, if I could get one like it for under $10 grand, it is a great value (or even undervalued). I'm open to any and all feedback (positive and negative) to my attempting to add this car to the list! 😊
There always has to be someone with a negative attitude - perhaps a "thinly veiled" cry for help? I thought we were here to have fun and share some positives in this effed up world. jeeeeez.
Can't speak for anyone else, but I'm having fun being here and have no issues with the quality of the content on this site. The best way to filter out Negative-Nellies, in my experience, is to ignore them and pay attention to the Positive-Petes around you. 😃
Solstice/Sky Turbo's are rare, even rarer is the Solstice Coupe. I have run into one person with one here in my area. A nice RWD turbo 4 car. Would have been nice to see it get a next generation as GM usually fixes the faults later on but sadly it was doomed.
SVX with the Flat 6 is nice but WRX/STI powered ones are a lot of fun.
ZR-1, quite possibly my favorite engine to look at of all Corvette generations. Great engine.
Lexus SC's. The Mark 4 Supra's luxury brother. Love them. You can also do to them anything you could do to a Supra.
Supercharged 3.8-liter Buick V-6s, I had a friend with A Buick Regal GS. It was a nice, quick, smooth car. They never got the respect they deserved.