View Full Version : US muscle car suggestions??

07-06-2007, 05:15 PM
Hey all,
Some of you guys might know me from the CT forums as AlmightyVL. Awesome news is that I've been given $5,000US to buy a car in the US, my uncle who will be buying the car and restoring it has offered me this deal only thing is it has to be a V8 muscle car. He owns a restoration shop so all the work will be done by him so its $5,000 for car only as parts he will pay for.

Car has to be pre 1968 so i don't need to get it converted. I was looking at the GTO, Mustang, Stingray, Charger. I don't want a camaro as we already have one in the family. I'm open to suggestions and pics of examples.

07-06-2007, 05:18 PM
$5,000... $US? I think prices are jumping for all pre 68 cars, but if it can be run down and your uncle is offering to fix it, get whatever you can... :p start searching ebay and other car sales sites, you'll find something... GTO would be nice if you can ;)

07-06-2007, 07:03 PM
Don't you mean pre 78? 30 years or older is the rule for keeping a car LHD...

Anyways.. $5000 isn't going to get you too much.. but consider something like a Chev Nova, El Camino, mustang coupe etc

07-06-2007, 07:21 PM
IMO i would recommend 15k USD to get by.. 5k will get you a rolling shell?

a '69 nova for sale 5,500 :D

07-06-2007, 10:51 PM
it doesn't need to be in great nick, just not massive rust holes. He just sold a few of his cars he has finished so he could get his '64 wildcat finally finished. There's a fair few muscle cars i like but i'm not sure what i want. He visits the auctions regularly so i need to give him a year and model and he will see what comes up. Very heavily leaning towards a GTO.

As u said pre 68 car sales have gone up heaps. I called vic roads recently and they told me it was pre 1968 to leave it in LHD. Might be wrong though.

08-06-2007, 09:45 AM
QUOTE=MightyV8;1754] I called vic roads recently and they told me it was pre 1968 to leave it in LHD. Might be wrong though.[/QUOTE]

My car is a 69 and fully Vic registered as LHD. As Kurt said, anything over 30 years old is fine which means anything pre 78. This is covered on the vic roads website, check this link.

08-06-2007, 12:13 PM
The people at Vicroads have no idea, thanks for that, so pre 78. Mmm opens up a whole new range of cars aswell, not a good thing!

08-06-2007, 04:36 PM
I'd be looking at something a little unusual you might be better to pick up a deal, El Camino is a good choice or a Buick...but as the othes have said $5K won't go far at all.....

17-08-2007, 02:24 PM
It's been 2 months since you started the thread but I thought I'd check anyway. Is this 5000 for the car or for everything? and is it US or AUS dollars.

24-08-2007, 12:20 AM
just for the car and it's US. I'm still looking around at the moment.

24-08-2007, 01:47 PM
Well personally I'd like to see more Buicks on the road. Go to ebay and check under skylark and other and look at the GS models. The 1970 Buick GS Stage 1 was one of the fastest American muscle cars back in the day. They were good for thirteens with the TH400 auto but were quicker with the 4 speed manual.

The models available were the GS (like mine which had a 350 Buick motor not Chev motor), the GS 455 (which obviously had a 455), and the GS Stage 1 with worked over 455 which had "360 HP" and 510 lb/ft.

However 5g won't get you into a running Stage 1 but you did mention that it was going to be restored. Have a look anyway. You can even just get a skylark (which is a lot cheaper) and chuck a 455 at it from any other Buick (like from an electra, riviera or wildcat).

29-08-2007, 11:25 PM
my uncle already has a 62 wildcat. He has been mentioning the buick's but i haven't been paying much notice as i haven't checked them out. I will now though

12-11-2007, 12:24 PM
Dont know how you are going with your search, but I got my 72 Buick Riviera for US5000 - 455 Cu in, cheap resto on interior, working air, buckets and console and.....drum roll......factory sunroof...a 3.5% option. Since he did a wildcat, he might be partial to another Buick.... make sure your garage is big enough tho.