Can $20,000 Buy You The Vintage Car Of Your Dreams?

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As it turns out, yes it can.

Some people just don't like modern cars. We get that. Modern cars have all of those pesky electronics that may save your life but cost you a grittier driving experience. To cater to fans of the classic car, we have assembled a garage full of vintage cars from different countries (just in case you have a preference). None were built after 1974 and none cost more than $20,000. Also, each of these vintage cars are in great running shape with low mileage. If you want an affordable classic, these cars are just perfect.

This list starts off with our vintage option from the US, a 1972 Oldsmobile 442. The 442 that we found is for sale in New York and reportedly only has 24,500 miles on it. This was a muscle car for people who still wanted space and comfort. It's a vintage car that you could easily drive every day and even comes with an automatic transmission. Unfortunately, this 442 doesn't have the optional L75 455 CID V8, but instead comes with Oldsmobile's Rocket 350 engine. The meaning of 4-4-2 changed over the years, but in 1972 the numbers stood for four-speed automatic, four barrel carburetor, and dual exhausts. Why buy something as common as a Mustang when the 442 is so cool?

Our next choice comes from Japan. This 1972 FJ40 Land Cruiser just went through a full restoration and is now offered for just $19,999. The Land Cruiser is known for being one of the most reliable cars in history, and collectors are clamoring for vintage FJ40 models. This restored example packs a 4.3-liter Chevrolet V6 with just 5,000 miles on it mated to a three-speed Turbo 400 automatic transmission. This Land Cruiser rides on Rough Country leaf springs, Rough Country N2.0 Shocks, and New Mickey Thompson Baja ATZ tires complete with black American Racing alloy wheels. It has also been upgraded with four-wheel disc brakes and a newer aluminum radiator.

Our third vintage car is also orange, but we promise that this is just a coincidence. If you want a vintage car from Germany, it is hard to do better than this 1974 Porsche 914. The 914 is a mid-engined convertible a la today's Boxster. Prices for the 914 used to be reasonable, but Porsche collectors are starting to catch on to this hidden gem. The 914 was never a performance monster, it's all about balance and handling. Our 1974 model only has a 1.8-liter flat-four with around 85 hp and comes with a five-speed manual. For $19,998 you get a 914 with only 24,000 miles on it and an interior and exterior that looks practically brand new.

See, we told you that the whole orange thing was just a coincidence, because our last car is red. This final choice is a classic British roadster. We picked out a 1960 MG MGA. This little fun machine packs a 1588 cc four-cylinder producing 79 hp. This may not sound like a lot of power, but don't forget, this little car weighs less than 2,000 pounds. Old British cars are notoriously unreliable, but this MGA comes with new brake calipers, brakes, master cylinder, slave, battery, and all new fluids. It's also been upgraded with a new electronic ignition to help it start every time. This tasty red beauty is offered for just $19,999 with only 40,000 miles on it.

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