While the price bubble in the classic car remains in full swelling from Diariomotor we intend to find affordable classics, cars for $ 3,000 or less you will draw a smile every day. They are not full-blooded sports, and possibly not going to revalue as a Porsche 911 60 - sadly acquired by many as a mere instrument of investment. After the first part of this series, today we offer other five classics our pocket, fortunately still can afford.
1) SciroccoThey were manufactured almost 300,000 units of the second generation from 1981 to 1992.
He Volkswagen Scirocco has its origins in full 70s the first generation is now a highly prized classic and its second generation has its values upward. Although the third generation is too modern and expensive for this article, you may find copies of its second generation around $ 3,000 price. We talked about a car simple mechanical, shared with Volkswagen at the time. The GTX versions the same engine mounted 1.8 liter Volkswagen Golf GTI.
They are the most interesting, though find a unit in good condition with sound mechanics is not easy. The supply of these vehicles is not overwhelming: it costs generally find units for sale, even in large numbers platforms as milanuncios. Bestquotes copies carry 1.8 16 valves 16v GTI second generation. With 139 horsepower, no units for sale in Spain at the time of writing this article. The 1.8 8v engine 112 hp If you are more abundant.
They are not particularly problematic Mechanically cars are at the level of second-generation Volkswagen Golf: They are grateful if they have had a good deal and are robust. It is desirable to check the status of the vehicle interior, and the absence of oxides and rotten body. These silent enemies come from the hand of bills worth more than the car itself workshop. If you find a partially or fully refurbished unit, it's your lucky day.
2) Mercedes W123timeless aesthetic, bombproof reliability. very grateful classics, and abundant fortune.
A true classic. The forerunner of the Mercedes Class E, Class C and 190E / 190D. commonly known by its internal code of chassis - W123 - It is a car that can still be seen rolling in many cities. Moreover, it is in many cases the only car of that era that still rolls down our streets, even as car daily for some of their drivers. One of the strongest evidence of the quality and reliability of the Mercedes of yesteryear. It was manufactured between 1976 and 1985, and sold like hotcakes worldwide.
Cars are timeless design, also offered in body coupé family. These bodies are generally more expensive - especially the coupe - and usually escape from the 3,000 euros that we set a ceiling on this article. Personally my favorite would be a little familiar W123 with five-cylinder turbo diesel engine, 3.0 liters and 125 hp in the United States also was offered in sedan and coupe body styles. A safe bet is the atmospheric diesel three liter, 88 hp.
It will beat any speed records, but it is a correct rutero engine displacement and consumption for the age of the car. And with good care, these mechanical monsters will exceed half a million kilometers undeterred - a specific power of less than 30 hp / liter and a bulletproof construction help. It is important to know the origin of these vehicles: many were imported from Germany and may have corrosion problems. Do not be scared of copies with hundreds of thousands of kilometers.
3) Volvo 240Believe it or not, was a successful basis for Rally Car Group A and touring car. He even participated in the DTM.
What am i going to do. I love classic cars with taste and aesthetic gridded. cars do not play modern look, They show cars proud to belong to another era. The Volvo 240 is one of the best exponents of the Volvo quality of yesteryear. Quality and reliability coming from the hand of an aesthetic closer to a brick at a car. For less than 3,000 euros it is possible to find units with bodywork family or sedan in very good condition, even with low mileage.
The market has not valued precisely these classics, leaving them out of the tremendous market bubble classic live today. And we do not understand why: in my opinion are luxury cars, loaded with personality, with very strong mechanical and appreciated. Most units in Europe were equipped with four-cylinder engines up to 2.3 liters of displacement. Like all classics, it is important to find a unit that has been properly maintained, and not afraid of high mileages.
They are not special cars with endemic problems, and las last units - was discontinued in 1993 - are as a rule the most recommended, as ABS brakes possessed. Watch having no electrical problems, lighting, and the suspension bearings are in good condition. It is a car grateful, and if you like working in your car, no special challenges. The 242 two-door versions They are much more difficult to find and more expensive - and very upward trading.
4) Porsche 924It has been the cheapest Porsche classic for years, but neither can escape the bubble.
One of the few Porsche rejected by history, and the only one that can still be bought for little money. But being a Porsche classic, its price will rise, and will do so quickly. Maybe only for one or two years is an affordable classic, so Take this as a warning. Production began in 1974, and was developed with Audi, why many purists ignore it. What is also ignored is that it is a pretty classic, very funny behavior and very little mechanical problem.
Currently, and for less than 3,000 euros, it is only possible to buy a Porsche 924 access, equipped with an engine two-liter four-cylinder 125 hp. It might seem insufficient, but thanks to its low weight, the car moves very well - which by the way is an excellent base to enter the world of classical or participate in a rally of regularity. The "Achilles heel" of the Porsche 924 - and really many classics with more than 30 years behind - usually the electric system.
Some cables pass near the exhaust, and isolation can be melted over time. Electric motors pretty hidden headlamps can also fail. It should also check the status of the seats, some seams prone to breakage. Car drains can become clogged, creating oxides rotten and difficult to solve. If all is well, and fits by budget, you can enjoy a simple Porsche, with the charm of the 70s and above, without headaches.
5) Saab 900 Coupe (Pre-General Motors)A unique look for a car loaded with personality. The Saab 900 is very special.
I'm not partial to the Saab. My grandfather had two Saab when he was small, a 9000 and 900, the latter already in his generation covered by General Motors. Cars with personality, full of winks: your tires, the shape of their head restraints, aeronautical inspiration instrumentation or key, located between the seats. Many purists say the last Saab was worth 900 first generation, manufactured between 1978 and 1993. Their Cabrio versions are now highly prized.
Nevertheless, their versions of three and five doors remain very affordable - and the fact that the brand disappeared for years also helps their prices have not gone mother. For less than 3,000 euros you not getting the crown jewels. Turbo, Turbo S Aero escape and price, hovering around 5,000 euros and even up to about 10,000 euros in pristine and restored units. But for less than $ 3,000 you can find Saab 900 2.0 16-valve engine, and up to 130 hp.
New cars are mechanically strong, although they may have typical ailments of a more modern car whose model has at least 23 years. The interior upholstery usually unstuck, and while the engines are solids, exchange boxes They are not so much. Manual gearboxes are stronger than automatic, and if they are associated with atmospheric engines, its longevity is correct. Should check the status of escape and possible failures butt - especially in turbo high mileage engines.
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