We Filled A Garage With 3 All-American Beasts For Less Than A New Mustang


Why get one new car when you can have a garage filled with three used ones?

A brand-new Mustang GT will set you back $32,645. This is a pretty good value for a car with a 435-horsepower V8. However, what if we told you that you could have 800 horsepower for the same money? We have done a few budget garage lists before, but this time we will be focusing on American budget cars. We have chosen three rides that have a grand total of 800 horsepower and are available all for less than a new Mustang. With these three choices, you will have the perfect ride for every occasion.

Our first choice is the C5 Corvette. Although we haven't just picked any old C5: We've got the Z06. The 2002 model that we found has 59,000 miles on it and is currently on sale for $19,440. The Z06 was the top-of-the-line Corvette at the time and came with a 405-horsepower 5.7-liter LS6 V8. A six-speed manual was the only transmission choice, and the car could hit 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds. That is actually faster than the new 5.0 Mustang which takes 4.3 seconds in the sprint to 60 mph. The GT may have two more seats than the Z06, but because the Corvette costs over $12,000 less than a new Mustang you can afford to buy two more cars that you can drive while the Z06 is parked in the garage.

Don't worry, we haven't lost our minds with this next choice. Since our American budget garage already features a powerful two-seater sports car we need a daily driver that offers comfort. The 1998 Lincoln Town Car that we chose only has 89,000 miles on it. The Town Car came with a 4.6-liter V8 engine producing 205 horsepower. Now 205 horsepower is not a lot for a car that weighs over 4,000 pounds. However, speed was definitely not the point of this luxury car. The SOHC V8 in Ford's Panther platform cars was extremely reliable, making it the perfect taxi and limo in the US. When we want to take a break from our monstrous Corvette, the Town Car will be a comfortable daily driver.

Since we have already picked cars from two of America's "Big Three" we decided to end this list with an FCA vehicle. Since off-roading is quite popular in the US we decided to go with a Jeep, specifically a 1999 Cherokee. Unlike the new Jeep Cherokee, which is basically a Chrysler 200 underneath, our 1999 example has been lifted and fitted with off-road tires. The 4.0-liter straight-six engine puts 190 horsepower to all four wheels through a five-speed manual transmission. For $6,000 this budget off-road SUV nicely rounds out our garage. Let us know in the comments what your American budget garage would look like. Or would you prefer to take the new Mustang?

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