As a person in search of a used or second-hand model in the market, one might consider many things while searching for the best. Everything from the engine displacement to suspension and the electrical system condition is essential to check for while buying a vehicle that just left someone else’s garage and not the factory.
There are also tons of various models out there, and picking one isn’t always easy. Sometimes the vehicle in the shopping list isn’t even close to the factory specs because of different modifications that the previous owner might have done to it. Some models even have lower and more intimidating prices for a collector or even an enthusiast, but there are things not to forget while buying these tempting vehicles.
We’ve gathered here 10 models with excellent aftermarket support and another 10 that are impossible to find spare parts for. It’s better to take a look at this list before adding a classic to your shopping list.
20. Ford Mustang (Easy To Find Parts)
Mustang has been passing different challenges that have been thrown its way since the mid ‘60s, and by 2020, we can only say that it has aged beautifully. This model has been on mass production since day one, and the company holds the record of making more than one million Mustangs in its first eighteen months.
19. Pontiac Firebird (Easy To Find Parts)
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The Firebird is known to be cousins with the Chevy Camaro since they used to share one platform. Buying either of these two siblings can be a good investment in an old-model purchase these days. Thanks to the supportive aftermarket, it can be quiet easy to fix up and even modify an old Firebird.
18. BMW 3 Series (Easy To Find Parts)
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Talking about reliable classics, the BMW 3-series has always been there for its owners and takes the whole reliability factor to another level. It seems that it can be even hard to break a 3-series as they were built with such craftsmanship that they can endure the toughest situations very well.
17. Volkswagen Beetle (Easy To Find Parts)
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The beetle is one hard-headed car, and its history can be traced back to the late 1930s when Hitler himself founded the VW Company with it. It holds the record of 21,000,000+ units made and sold till now that can pretty much guarantee your odds of finding parts for it, and considering its basic engineering, it can be easily fixed everywhere.
16. AMC AMX (Easy To Find Parts)
Launched in 1968, AMX was marketed as a Corvette-beater, but with the steel body and the short wheelbase, it can only beat a Corvette by luck. The model came with V8 engines that could produce from 225 to 340 horsepower and was a pretty good buy back then as it is now with the rising muscle car prices, it can be a fairly-priced purchase.
15. Chevrolet Corvair Monza (Easy To Find Parts)
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The Monza became the second mass-production car in history to be produced with turbocharger on its powertrain. An early ‘60s Monza can come up with an impressive 150 horsepower that was rumored to be able to beat the Porsche 356s of its generation. Finding a Monza in good shape is delightful, but thanks to the active aftermarket community, it isn’t that hard to restore one either.
14. Mercury Cougar (Easy To Find Parts)
This model is from the Mercury division of the Ford Company. It is basically a slightly bigger and more luxurious coupe that was based on the Mustang. There is still a chance to find one in good shape, and even if you have to restore one, it won’t be a big problem thanks to its healthy aftermarket condition.
13. Ford Torino (Easy To Find Parts)
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While many top-shelf Ford models such as the Mustang or the Shelby might be unaffordable for enthusiasts to purchase, the Torino is from other times when muscle cars were affordable and also unbreakable. This model is available these days with excellent aftermarket support, and the good thing about them is that they all come in huge V8s!
12. Chevrolet El Camino SS (Easy To Find Parts)
Based on the A-body Chevelle with a massive powertrain on it, there’s a good chance that you’d find yourself looking for one of these at some point. The El Camino is a two-door coupe pickup muscle car made from 1964 to 1987 by GM. The most significant risk of buying one is rust, which can be easily repaired.
11. Toyota MR2 (Easy To Find Parts)
Toyota has been known for having the factor of reliability in its production, and you shouldn’t be worried about breakdowns much. But even if you are cautious about that matter, the good news is that aftermarket parts for this model are available out there, and you’d only have to wait couple days for the international shipping to deliver it to you.
10. BMW Z1 (Impossible To Find Parts)
The Z1 tends to be one of those odd models that come with their own weird features. In this case, BMW decided to put sliding doors on the model to make it more fun to drive around. The result of this stylish upgrade was a door that would eventually give up because its mechanical compartments would be attenuated.
9. Porsche 944 (Impossible To Find Parts)
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This old model of Porsche comes in a stiff-looking appearance and a pair of popping-headlights that makes the model pop between other classic German cars. But make no mistake that this is one of the most unreliable models that the company made during 1982 and 1991. You might consider other models only after driving one.
8. Volkswagen Scirocco (Impossible To Find Parts)
VW came up with this model back in 1974 as the first generation and renewed it for another two productions during the ‘80s and 2010s. Despite the third generation that lacks the classic looks and has excellent aftermarket support, the second and first-generation look better to a collector, but lack the necessary spare parts to bring them back to life.
7. Ferrari Testarossa (Impossible To Find Parts)
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The model was made with significant changes in its electronic parts and was to be a revolutionary model, but that’s where it gets stuck today. The faulty old electrical system might be the reason you will hate your Testarossa, and even if you could afford to order it only from Italy, you’d have to wait weeks to get the spare parts.
6. Audi 4000 (Impossible To Find Parts)
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The Audi 80 was a German car that was sold in North America with the name Audi 4000. While it might look like it has been a mass-production car and there might be tons of parts available for it, there is less and less part to find out there, and one might have to pay a hefty price for them.
5. Alfa Romeo GTV6 (Impossible To Find Parts)
Here we have the GTV6 sitting like it’s the Italian version of DMC Delorian with its boxy hatchback looks. Unlike Delorian, though, it does not pack gullwing doors and is still one hard car to look after and maintain. If you absolutely have to buy one, make sure to get the contact info for the mechanic that your used-car used to visit.
4. Triumph TR7 (Impossible To Find Parts)
The discontinued British brand Triumph doesn’t need an introduction as it used to come up with the top engineering. The TR7 is one of those mass-production classics that might be cheap to buy on the market these days, but considering that the last model year of it is 1981, you might get why you shouldn’t invest in a TR7 to reinvent it.
3. Porsche 930 (Impossible To Find Parts)
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Although the 930 is basically a 911 with modified engineering and exterior design but owning one might not feel precisely like owning an original 911. The 911 is a Porsche model that has been on sale since 1963. So judging by its history, the odds of finding spare parts for a 911 are much bigger than for a 930.
2. Lancia Stratos (Impossible To Find Parts)
The Stratos is genuinely a fantastic piece of motor vehicle sports history. It has been launched as a sports car and then was made in 500 numbers just for homologation verification. That sadly means you’d have to expect to go through a lot to find spare parts and gears for this car.
1. Maserati Merak (Impossible To Find Parts)
The Merak is one of those cases in which you might not be able to identify its manufacturer on the first impression. But looking close enough, you’ll find out this is another one of those limited-production models that only teases the eyes of the collector but cannot be maintained as easy as they might look.