You don’t have to be a car enthusiast to appreciate the beauty and power of muscle cars from the 1960s. Engineers spent a lot of time perfecting the insides of these vehicles, unlocking horsepower previously unheard of and all without the aid of extensive internal computer systems like most cars have now. 60s muscle cars are the perfect union of mechanical power and flashy looks, as these vehicles are as exciting to look at as they are to drive.
Here we look at five 60s muscle cars that cost a fortune, and five that can still be found for under $10,000.
10 Costs A Fortune: 1965 Shelby Cobra Roadster CSX
The 1965 Shelby Cobra Roadster CSX has a rich, interesting history to back up its impeccable design and performance prowess. Its unique body design blends elements of American and British classic cars without sacrificing a single horsepower.
Capable of reaching zero-to-sixty miles per hour in under three seconds, this car is not afraid to move. A limited number of these dream machines were ever built, with some sources saying only about 311 remain in existence.
For this reason and its high desirability, the 1965 Shelby Cobra Roadster CSX has reached auction prices as high as nearly $12.5 million in recent years with its original drivetrain.
9 Under 10K: 1967 Ford Mustang
Always a crowd favorite, the 1967 Ford Mustang is nothing short of a beautiful vehicle that delivers on performance. A response to increased market competition, the Mustang underwent a redesign for the 1967 model year.
It automatically wins points for being available in a convertible, only adding to the luxe 1960s driving experience this vehicle provides. If you have an extra $3,000 or so lying around, one of these could be yours. This includes the standard convertible, meaning you don’t have to actually break the bank to drive in style without sacrificing power; engines are equipped with a respectable 320 horsepower.
8 Costs A Fortune: 1965 Shelby GT500E Super Snake
Cars of the 1960s were not short on creative names and the 1965 Shelby GT500E Super Snake fits in nicely. Another creation of mastermind Carroll Shelby, the Super Snake was created on an extremely limited run...only one was made!
Created to promote a new line of economy “Thunderbolt” tires, the Super Snake aimed to outperform any other car on the market while sporting the new line of tires. While tests were a complete success, Shelby had doubts the car would sell largely and created it on a made-to-order basis. He was right; however, with only one being created, this car recently reached auction prices of $2.3 million.
7 Under 10k: 1962 Ford Thunderbird
The Ford company was very busy during the 1960s muscle car era and graced us with the 1962 Ford Thunderbird in the process. Nicknamed the “T-bird”, this classic car can keep up with the others of its time with an engine producing 320 horsepower, and that’s without available upgrades.
It was said to have not been the most desirable model of its year, making them still widely available today. Regardless, it became popular enough to be mentioned in several songs of that era. These cars can be purchased today in great condition for significantly less than $10,000, depending on which configuration you choose.
6 Costs A Fortune: 1967 L88 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible
Along with having a really cool name, the 1967 L88 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible has a design that screams “I mean speed!” The sleek external design perfectly matches the aggressive mechanics inside, with baseline engines capable of hitting 430 horsepower.
The L88 model was a limited run, with only 20 of these cars being created in the 1967 model year. Many of those vehicles were sold directly to racing teams, making the price of this vehicle even steeper.
Some of these vehicles reach auction prices of up to $3.2 million. As with any vehicle, the more original parts the car has, the more it will be worth, but Chevy Stingrays are a favorite of many muscle car lovers, regardless of the price.
5 Under 10k: 1963 Chevrolet Impala
The definition of “sweet spot” the 1963 Chevrolet Impala is the most logical choice when considering price for value.
Variations in body style and engine tweaks create distinct fan clubs for the 1962 and 1964 model year Impalas, which creates a niche for the more reasonably priced 1963 vehicle.
Parts for this model year are said to be easy to find and purchase, and the wide engine bay creates all kinds of possibilities for customization. While the Super Sport version of this car fetches a bit higher of a market price, baseline versions of 1963 Chevy Impalas can still be found for as low as under $1,000.
4 Costs A Fortune: 1969 Dodge Charger Hemi Daytona
This muscle car exhibits nothing short of the raw performance that is still associated with the Dodge name today. The 1969 Chargers have peppy and responsive 425 horsepower-equipped engines. The Daytona model was created with racing in mind and ended its racing career with an impressive reputation, winning 45 out of 59 races.
Dodge built a limited run of Chargers, in general, that year, with 700 being created and only 70 of which also had a Hemi-style engine. Even fewer were built with the 4-speed transmission of the true racing models, allowing this car to reach auction prices of nearly $1 million.
3 Under 10k: 1962 Chevrolet Nova
The 1962 Chevrolet Nova was another vehicle that had deceptive looks. While it’s true that the standard Nova models ran on 90 or 120 horsepower, many dealerships realized the general desire for engine power and created a version with a 360 horsepower capability.
These versions are capable of reaching zero-to-sixty in 5.2 seconds, making them a contender with other muscle cars of their time. Though not the hottest looking choice of the era, its performance is nothing to ignore. While specimens in better condition are worth more, you can still find a Nova project car online for under $10,000.
2 Costs A Fortune: 1964 Ford GT40 Roadster Prototype
Exclusivity is a marketable asset of 1960s muscle cars, and the 1964 Ford GT40 Prototype seethes exclusive. It was built as a test car for Shelby American, and is the only roadster known to continually survived in its original form, proving it withstands the test of time.
While only a prototype, the vehicle went on to win not one but four tours of 24 Hours of Le Mans. Multiple big-name racecar drivers have driven this vehicle, adding to its recent $7.5 million price tag at an auction. This car could be the crown jewel of someone’s collection.
1 Under 10k: 1962 Pontiac Catalina Super Duty
The competition in the 1960s car market produced some amazing vehicles, including the 1962 Pontiac Catalina. It gained a reputation for being a sleeper in the muscle car category, meaning its looks were very deceiving.
With the outward appearance of your average daily driver of the time, no one would expect the Catalina to have at least 349 horsepower hiding under its hood. Once it hit the racetrack and became a huge success, its popularity soared and it became available for public purchase. You can now find models of the 1962 Pontiac Catalina for an average of just under $10,000.