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Revisited - 300 Horsepower, Under $10K

By GoldenGirl

Back in November 2008, I posted a blog that described various American muscle-car era cars that boasted 300 horsepower from the factory and could be purchased for under $10,000. (Here’s the link to the original blog: http://www.mo...er-10000-545)

Recently there have been a lot of articles in car magazines and on car sites talking about the fluctuating price of muscle cars in the marketplace and at auctions, so I thought it would be interesting to see how the 300 hp/$10K list has changed in the past two years.

Here’s the list, with the 2008 NADA Classic Car Guide price first followed by the July 2010 price from the same guide. Option changes from the original list are show in italics:

1. 1969 Pontiac Tempest 2 dr coupe, 4 speed, 350 (330hp) $9349, $10,631
2. 1967 Ford Falcon, 2 dr, 4 speed 390 (335 hp) $5740, $5670 (excellent condition, $9240, $7560)
3. 1971 AMC Javelin 2 dr, 4 speed 401 (330 hp) $9665, $10,240
4. 1970 Mercury Marauder 2 dr 428 SCJ (335 hp) $9730, $10688
5. 1971 Chevelle 2 dr 402 (300 hp) $8033 454 big block $9533
6. 1969 Ford Thunderbird 390 (320 hp) $9563, $9315
7. 1968 Plymouth Belvedere 383 (325 hp) $6890, $6863 with 440 (375hp)
8. 1968 Dodge Coronet 2 dr, 4 speed 383 (325 hp) $8708, $7490 with 440 (375hp)
9. 1969 Oldsmobile Cutlass S 2 dr 350 (310 hp) $8965, $8596
10. 1969 Ford Fairlane 2 dr, 4 speed 428 (335 hp) $9488, $10,040

Note that the prices shown are for an “Average Retail” rating which is defined as good overall condition, an older restoration or well-maintained original vehicle with everything working or serviceable.

There aren’t any dramatic changes. Looks like you can get a bit more horsepower in a Mopar for less than a few years ago. While the Ford Fairlane went up some, the Falcon in excellent condition dropped.

The point of this exercise was to find a solid muscle car at a reasonable price without paying the outrageous prices for the most popular muscle cars, for example at ’71 Hemi any-model or a ’69 – ’71 big block Mustang. Good information for those of us who won’t be buying at the upcoming Barrett-Jackson or other high-end auctions!

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