Vintage cars are having a second life ever since the internet starting digging them up and putting them on blogs and auto websites. Many car related sites even feature a special “vintage cars” section and it is easy to see why. They are classy, sturdy and have an engine that betters most recent cars. There are so many cars which flow under the radar for various reasons and need to be noticed and discovered. Here is a list of 10 such vehicles:
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The Porsche 914 ran between 1969-76 and was popular with car enthusiasts, not so much with the general public. It was lightweight- barely 2,000 pounds, and low powered but was a great sports car nonetheless. Today it would go for anywhere between 10-15,000 dollars which is not bad for a Porsche sports car.
Mazda Miata (Gen 1)
The Mazda Miata is an incredibly popular series simply because of its low maintenance, well balanced features and it all began with the 1st generation Miata in 1989. Though the company has kept up with producing newer versions this is a great model that needs to get back into the public consciousness. And for a paltry 5,000 dollars you can probably find one from a dealer.
Volkswagen Corrado SLC
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The Corrado is an underrated gem with a nearly 200 hp engine under its bonnet. It came right after the BMW M3 and was perhaps ignored, but the car was praised in many corners especially for its handling. It only ran for three years (1992-1995) but if there is one Volkswagen car that needs to be rediscovered, it is the Corrado SLC.
The 240Z by Datsun was a Japanese product which could have been the catalyst for the ushering of Japanese auto companies in America. It had performance and reliability and looked cool to go with it. What was even cooler was that it was quicker than sports cars by Porsche and Jaguar of the day with a top speed of 125 mph and 0-60 acceleration in just 8 seconds. Might seem slow by today’s standards but it was a beast in its day. Sadly forgotten this car needs to get back in the limelight.
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This British piece of magnificence is an odd ball as it was released by an unknown company unlike every other car on this list. It had a 150 hp engine helped by 2.5 liter six cylinder engines and was a powerhouse. They were low maintenance and the parts are still readily available in most local outlets. They may have not been a huge success in 1969 when released but they need to be given a chance today.
Chevrolet Impala SS
A gorgeous full size vehicle, the Impala SS was a unique model with its low height and fantastic tyres that really looked like they had weight. It is a great stealth car and a reminder of a time when Chevrolet was the boss. Even today you can buy this beauty for a decent amount though they are hard to find.
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Also known as the dogde demon, the Plymouth duster ran the American roads between 1970-1976 and was updated in each of those years. Unfortunately, by the end of 1976, it was replaced by the Plymouth Volare. Today, you can find this muscle car in the 20-35,000 dollar range and it can still turn heads.
Ford Torino GT
The Ford Torino GT isn’t exactly underrated, considering that it has been featured in many video games of late, but it really was something special and for what it is worth, it sadly lacks exposure today. The GT came only with V8 engines but in three different models: fastback, coupe and convertible. A car from the 60’s that can make a statement even now.
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The Mercury Cyclone was something of an answer to the Falcon and Mustang cars dominating the late 60s-early 70s. It came in a few versions and all the versions had great engines. A muscle car of an age gone by, the Mercury cyclone is a collector’s item right now.
The firebird WS6 by Pontiac had a 220 hp engine, fantastic breaks and a groovy look. What is unique about this car is that it emerged by the late 70s when the muscle cars were out of style and production. A rarity of sorts the Pontiac Firebird deserves a mention.