The 10 best 70s muscle cars to own

1973 Ford Mustang Mach 1 fastback
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With a Q-code 351 V8, this machine was potent – back in the day, of course. The ’73 model had unique features which were usually overlooked though. A good condition model of this Mach 1 will cost from about $21,300 to $41,800.


1971-73 Datsun 240Z coupe

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The early 70’s were ruled by the likes of Ferrari, but this old Datsun coupe had many visual effects similar to Ferrari. The “Z-car” imports from Japan had thousands of fans. It can be found in excellent condition from about $9,950 to $17,900.

1977-78 Pontiac Trans Am coupe
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At the time of this car, it was one of the fastest out there. The engine was a 6.6L V8. It can be found, in excellent condition from about $12,200 to $21,900.
1973-76 Chevrolet Nova SS
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Back in the days where muscle ruled the roads, the Nova SS was no push over. The power to weight from one of these babies was the best out there. Today there are so many new modifications out there making this a very popular car to still own. A good condition Nova SS would cost from about $9,200 to $16,000.

1970-71 Plymouth Duster 340 coupe
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Plymouth, the synonym for muscle back in the day. With an engine which literally just drank fuel like cold drink, the Plymouth was the hot ticket for speed. There are numerous upgrades for this car to make it even faster. A good condition model will cost from about $12,200 to $21,900. Auto insurance on this car will be reasonable, but gas prices…. Don’t even think about it!

1971-73 De Tomaso Pantera coupe
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The sporty Italian body mixed with American muscle, in the form of the Ford 351 Cleveland V8 engine. The Pantera was fast, very fast and offered the same looks as a Ferrari for a third of the price. A good condition model would cost you from about $38,000 to $63,000. Auto insurance on this old machine would be pricey.
1973 Mercury Cougar XR7 convertible
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The last full size convertible from Mercury, both sporty and luxurious. This car allowed its owner to do its own mechanical and maintenance work on it. In ’73 you could still choose which engine you wanted, the maximum size being a big “429”. A good condition Mercury will cost from about $13,200 to $26,300.

1975-76 Chevrolet Vega Cosworth ed
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Back in the 70’s people thought that the Vega wasn’t a performance car… This was the limited edition, where it was all changed. A good condition Vega would cost from about $4,625 to $13,900.

1977-79 Chevrolet Corvette T-top coupe
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This is the legendary version of the third generation Corvette. When gas mileage didn’t matter and there were no environment concerns this car was a beast. A good condition model can still be bought from about $11,900 to $18,100. Auto insurance would be a pretty penny, but gas mileage would be your biggest expense.
1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442/W30 coupe
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One of the most well-known cars in the late 70’s. The Olds 442 was one of the biggest, baddest boys out there powered by a 350 V8 and a four-speed gearbox. A good condition Olds will cost from about $8,300 to $16,500.

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