Ten Fun, Affordable Vintage Cars

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Ten Fun, Affordable Vintage Cars

James Raia

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My father owned a 1962 Corvair Spyder convertible. It was supercharged, had wire-rimmed wheels. And, of course, it was a rear-engine wonder. It was the most unique car my family owned during my youth.

We weren’t really a car family. I remember a 1955 Buick, a 1962 Ford Falcon station wagon, a 1964 Ford Galaxie, a 1973 Ford Courier pick-up truck and a 1973 Mercedes-Benz 240D. Somewhere in the mix, we had a Volvo sedan and an AMC Hornet.

Nothing fancy. Some good cars, some bad. If given the opportunity, I would own any of them now for nostalgia. Which, of course, is why one reason why vintage cars, rare or otherwise, are a joy.

There are plenty of other great vintage cars, some within a reasonable budget, some not. I’d love to own a Kaiser Darrin, but they’re hard to find and costly. How about a vintage Bugatti? Great. But again, they’re budget restrictive and hard to find.

Here are 10 favorite vintage cars,  all attainable, with brief descriptions of the two vehicles on the top of my list:

Ten Fun, Affordable Vintage Cars 1

Rambler American

Simple and inexpensive defined the Rambler American, manufactured by American Motors Corporation (AMC) from 1958-1969 and in three generations. The compact was often the lowest priced car built in the United States, and it became increasingly popular because of its economy.

Volvo P1800

Volvo wanted a sports car to give its lineup a better reputation. It certainly worked when actor Roger Moore, playing the character Simon Templer on the television show The Saint, drove a white 1962 Volvo P1800.

The P1800 was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in 1961. It was always a niche car with about 41,000 manufactured during its tenure, which ended in 1973. The Volvo P1800 didn’t have the power or panache of an Aston-Martin. But it resembled the English sports car and it remains a collectors’ favorite.

Here’s the entire list of Ten Attainable Vintage Cars

Chevrolet Impala
Chevrolet Malibu
Ford Falcon
Ford Futura
Ford Mustang Convertible
Mercedes-Benz Coupe
Oldsmobile Cutlass
Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight
Rambler American
Volvo P1800

My blogpost was written as part of my collaboration with eBay.


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