Best old school car?

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Sep 11 56 Comments

What is the best old school all manual car to buy? Budget is $100K. Mostly for hobby driving.

No Teslas please

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  • Amazon Vulgar
    Miata is always the right answer. The NB second gen is deliciously analogue.

    Get over your budget and you’ll enjoy a $5k Miata more than a $50k something else.

    If you want old school muscle that WORKS, get a Corvette, C5 or later

    If you just want something brutish, go resto-mod 440 Mopar, Chevelle SS 396, or a nice 390 Mustang. Enjoy the quirks of carburetion. :)
    Sep 11 7
    • Yahoo gKXi43
      Yep, same here. Had an NA and no other car has touched in in terms of fun.

      OP, gotta decide what matters to you. If you’re not comfortable in a Miata, by all means go for a muscle car
      Sep 11
    • Visa Dtrm86
      Glad to know I'm not crazy. If you had bad tires on them they're a blast. You can flick them sideways so easily without going fast enough to draw attention. Plus they're so cheap you don't have to worry about much.
      Sep 11
    • Atlassian / Eng
      Schnorlaxe

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      Schnorlaxemore
      If you want something not too expensive with the spirit of the Miata but a little less common, look at the Honda S2000, or for a slightly pricier car, a Lotus Elise
      Sep 11
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      Off.topic from what OP is asking for, bit S2000 is loads better than Miata.
      Otherwise 57 Bel Air or 60s Chevelle ... can stick some big block motors in there and both look bad ass.
      Sep 12
    • Visa Dtrm86
      S2000s are better in ways. My brother had one and I still say the Miata was more fun. S2000s are obviously much faster and have more grip. The Miata is balanced better. You work to balance the car with the brakes and throttle around every corner. If you do it perfectly you can be lightly on the brakes as you flick it into a corner, then straighten the wheel and steer the car with throttle the rest of the corner. Never was able to do that in an S2000. Miatas are more rewarding as a driver.
      Sep 12
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    Schnorlaxe

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    Schnorlaxemore
    Can you get an Aston DB5 in good condition for under 100k still? Not the fastest, not remotely practical, but probably the COOLEST series production car of all time
    Sep 11 3
    • Twitter jkkugdyh
      OP
      Is that the bond car?
      Sep 11
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      Schnorlaxe

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      Schnorlaxemore
      Yeah, the one from Goldfinger.
      Sep 11
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      Schnorlaxe

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      Schnorlaxemore
      Although you said America muscle, and for pure fun in that sense it's very hard to beat a Cobra (real open cockpit Shelby ones, not the "Cobra" branded Mustangs)

      Classic Corvettes wouldn't be a bad choice, either... Late 60s Stingray or early 90s ZR1 would be relatively exclusive, late 1970s C3 or late 80s C4 would be fun, cheap as dirt if you don't need a collectible one and could be fun to restore (and if you're not in CA with the CARB to deal with, they're one of the easiest classic cars to drop a modern crate engine into)
      Sep 11
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    U can have my old Nissan for a fraction of the price lol
    Sep 11 2
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      Schnorlaxe

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      Schnorlaxemore
      If it's a 240SX or 280Z or 300ZX it would be a nice base to work from
      Sep 11
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      It’s a Sentra lmao
      Sep 11
  • Twilio p@$$w0rd.
    The GTO that Vin Diesel crashed in FaF. 9 seconds flat, never forget.
    Sep 11 5
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      OP
      Haha you may be kidding but I’ve actually always like it, that’s the black one at the end of the movie right?
      Sep 11
    • Twilio p@$$w0rd.
      😂 that’s the one. I was half kidding, but in all seriousness that car was badass.
      Sep 11
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      Jalop318imore
      @p@$$w0rd. That’s a Dodge Charger, lol
      Sep 11
    • Twilio p@$$w0rd.
      lol really? Yeah I don’t know cars... my response was more of a joke
      Sep 11
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      Jalop318imore
      Haha it’s all good man, Vin does drive a GTX in one of the movies but he mostly does the Charger
      Sep 11
  • Goldman Sachs fake engineer
    Only old American car I would ever consider is Corvette.
    Sep 11 0
  • Prosper dBpv87
    Mazda rx7 fd, the best of the bunch from the Japanese bubble era. A bit pricey to maintain but 50k should net you a great one keep the rest for rotary rebuilds. Timeless shape and under 3000lbs
    Sep 11 0
  • Genentech Raxe
    Do you have a favorite decade or something? 80s Porsche vs 70s American muscle vs 50s chevys are so different (to name a few)

    Edit: but to answer your question, 60s Ford GT40
    Sep 11 3
  • Salesforce jwick
    Mustang 1967 GT500
    Sep 11 3
    • Twitter jkkugdyh
      OP
      Seems to be the best option suggested here. Why 67 in particular?
      Sep 11
    • Salesforce jwick
      Best looking mustang imho(67-68).
      Sep 11
    • Amazon Vulgar
      390 in Bullitt does it for me. But to each his own.
      Sep 12
  • Amazon / Eng SmkWdEvyDy
    Define what you mean by old school
    Sep 11 3
    • Twitter jkkugdyh
      OP
      Like old school America muscle. Manual transmission. A metal key to start
      Sep 11
    • Amazon / Eng SmkWdEvyDy
      Not my area of expertise, but for 100k definitely find a shop that does custom builds and see what they can do for you. Not sure of the price, but they could probably work with you and possibly have sources for finding the car itself too.
      Sep 11
    • Twitter jkkugdyh
      OP
      Where do I find those shops that are good? Any recs?
      Sep 11
  • Oracle DFCj25
    Porsche 964
    Sep 11 2
    • Twitter jkkugdyh
      OP
      Looks somewhat feminine for my tastes. How’s the reliability?
      Sep 11
    • Amazon Vulgar
      Drive one into a corner and lift off the throttle, and talk to me about its femininity.

      Reliability is up and down. Look up information from the Porsche Club of America in which years and trims were (relatively) reliable. Short version: the flat-6 is a great engine, but when it gets neglected it’s hilariously expensive to fix. Like, 5-figures hilarious.
      Sep 12
  • T-Mobile whatcanIsay
    Don't listen to the miata fanboys when you can get an s2000.
    Sep 12 1
    • Goldman Sachs fake engineer
      The one good thing about the pre-ND Miata is that it's so cheap now you can chop up the interior and weld a cage in, and throw out the crap motor.

      For a ready to go convertible though, S2000 is just a better car. When ND miatas become disposable though, modifying them will be attractive.
      Sep 12
  • Tesla lambdaq
    GTR
    Sep 12 0
  • Adient / Biz Dev SpeedyF25
    Watch bringatrailer.com and see what appeals to you.
    Sep 11 0
  • Apple ld24a0743
    If you have to ask this question then you shouldn’t buy one. Generally if you’re paying $100k for a classic, you’re not going to drive it. $20-$25k should be the max you pay if you just want a finished up classic.

    Also most classics were automatic. Though I do miss my galaxie with three on the tree.
    Sep 11 0
  • Yelp overmind
    Porsche 944 is dope
    Sep 11 2
    • Yelp overmind
      Turbo
      Sep 11
    • Amazon Vulgar
      Big ass 4-cylinder shakes a lot. Great steering though.
      Sep 11
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    I’m surprised that nobody mentioned Porsche 911 993 (air cooling).
    Sep 12 1
    • Amazon Vulgar
      Have you seen the valuations? They’ve been going UP in value most of this decade.

      Also if you really want a Porsche that can kill you, you want a 964
      Sep 12
  • Amazon iamthesdm
    Do you want a new, "retro style" car, such as the modern Dodge charger (which is crap btw), or an actual old car?
    Sep 11 1
    • Twitter jkkugdyh
      OP
      Actual old car.
      Sep 11
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    Platox

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    1987 Buick Grand National GNX
    Sep 17 0
  • Amazon / Eng 🖕☃️
    I think for me all the cars i would suggest stem from good childhood memories.

    1. 72 Ford Maverick Grabber (my first car)

    2. MGB convertable. I had a neighbor who dropped a v8 in one. That thing was a beast.

    3. 70s ford branco.
    Sep 12 0
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    Jalop318imore
    You could try any Dodge Viper or a Superformance Daytona Coupe if you’re really crazy about a raw car.
    Sep 11 0

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