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It sounds like OP has $10-20k to spend guys... Not $40-50k+.

I like the pre-82 Corvettes myself. No matter what you get you'll want a mechanic to check it out with you.
This is correct. Don't want to spend over 15k
 
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Does it need to be mint condition or can a few things be off? Know a guy who messed up the spray paint on a 70 charger that cut the value hard but was in good shape.
 
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1966 Pontiac 2+2 with a 421 3 duece.

Didn't have one......but years ago knew someone who did and for a tank it seemed it could outrun anything once it was rolling.

Edit: Just saw your limit in spending. Anyway, good luck in finding what you want.
 

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You know what you don't see many of, these days? Plymouth Prowlers.
OP should zig, while everyone else zags, and pick up one of those babies. I feel like you could probably get one pretty cheap.

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It sounds like OP has $10-20k to spend guys... Not $40-50k+.

I like the pre-82 Corvettes myself. No matter what you get you'll want a mechanic to check it out with you.
Depending on the engine and condition of the vehicle, you could not come close to buying a mustang or GTO anywhere near that price.

Get a good idea of the price of late 60's, early 70's muscle cars watch one of the Mecum actions.

 

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I've been thinking of getting something fun to drive (though may wait a bit to see if used car prices drop). I'm not mechanically skilled. Of these cars and era of that car, which is generally the best mechanically speaking?

90's Firebird
90's Camaro
Late 90's-2000's Mustang
80's Corvette
To answer the original question and your budget. Don’t buy a vette. Unless you get an old one with a carburetor. Pre ‘82 ‘84-‘97 are electrical nightmares and junk in your budget.


Your other choices are all the same. Preference on body style is the only difference. Can probably get a better car than a vette for the money.

I like big cars so a Camaro or firebird would be my choice as I think the Mustangs are a bit small. All 3 good cars and fun to drive.
 

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my wife wants a 68 Chevelle black

I like plymouth baracuda
Road runner has always been one of my favorites as well.
You know what you don't see many of, these days? Plymouth Prowlers.
OP should zig, while everyone else zags, and pick up one of those babies. I feel like you could probably get one pretty cheap.

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There's one in Humboldt.
 
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You know what you don't see many of, these days? Plymouth Prowlers.
OP should zig, while everyone else zags, and pick up one of those babies. I feel like you could probably get one pretty cheap.

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Those are the ultimate At Least You Tried moment for Detroit in the last 30 or so years. They look amazing but are gutless wonders.
 
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What about a brand spanking new Dodge Charger Hellcat Red Eye? Nothing says "muscle" more than being to hand over that big of a wad of bills to Karl Auto in Marshalltown...

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What about a brand spanking new Dodge Charger Hellcat Red Eye? Nothing says "muscle" more than being to hand over that big of a wad of bills to Karl Auto in Marshalltown...

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There are just so many Chargers on the road. To me, at least a portion of the appeal of a muscle/sports car is the "Hey, look at that!" factor, which, for me anyway, is a direct extension of my eight year old self, gawking at everything that looked cooler than the family station wagon.

And while the Charger is a sharp looking car, they're so ubiquitous that the wow factor is diminished to a degree.

No offense to anyone who has one. Dodge clearly has found a healthy demand for them.
 
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Title of the topic threw me off a bit since I expected you were asking about classic cars. Of that group I'd go for the newest Mustang GT w a manual trans you can afford (probably 2006-2008)
 

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Those are the ultimate At Least You Tried moment for Detroit in the last 30 or so years. They look amazing but are gutless wonders.

I'd like to pick one up while they are still cheap and hold until I could find the money to stuff a Hellcat Redeye drivetrain in it. I think it's been done, so while not impossible, not cheap.
 

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There are just so many Chargers on the road. To me, at least a portion of the appeal of a muscle/sports car is the "Hey, look at that!" factor, which, for me anyway, is a direct extension of my eight year old self, gawking at everything that looked cooler than the family station wagon.

And while the Charger is a sharp looking car, they're so ubiquitous that the wow factor is diminished to a degree.

No offense to anyone who has one. Dodge clearly has found a healthy demand for them.
Don't disagree regarding the number of Chargers on the road. But not many of them are Hellcat Redeye's.