I would suggest getting a high production number, common but fun vehicle- Camaro or Monte Carlo SS from the 1980's. GM/ Ford v-8 pickup from the late 80's onward (short bed), as new as budget allows Ford Mustang (or go for a 1987-1993 Fox 5.0). Reason being there is tons of info on these types of cars and parts are readily available. 98-2002 Camaro/ Firebird LS/v-8 would be sweet. Older sporty toyota/ lexus, honda/ acura. Airbags would be a bonus of some of the newer models. I got a beater 1988 Chevy S-10 4 cylinder 5 speed king cab. No power and not a hot rod, but it was MINE!
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