12 Inexpensive Project Cars for Gearheads

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Some enthusiasts find pleasure in showing off their ride at cars and coffee on Saturdays, or taking it to an auto show for their chance at some trophies and fame. Others like hitting the track on weekends for a bit of performance-pushing power, or prefer snaking their way down a canyon like petrol-powered bobsledders. And then there are the guys who find that the greatest pleasure comes from breaking a car down to its bare bones, and then rebuilding it from the ground up.

This is where some of the greatest innovations in automotive history began and where many concepts are born, far from the engineering laboratories of the world’s biggest automakers. Every day, in garages and shops across the country, friends and family members meet-up to have a few beers and turn some wrenches on their project cars.

A project car is typically considered as a vehicle that is purchased inexpensively and needs a bit of love in one form or another. As the auto industry has evolved, so have the DIY guys and aftermarket shops, and nowadays there are entire industries dedicated solely to producing third-party components and accessories.

Of course, America will always have its favorites when it is time for a tear-down, as muscle and sports cars continue to take precedence on average. But muscle cars are rarely cheap, and even in poor condition they typically fetch a premium price. Since virtually any vehicle can be considered a project car, certain models can be acquired on the cheap.

We’re talking about the bargain busters here: the inexpensive options that cost little to buy, are easy to fix, and parts for them cost about as much as a pack of pudding. The guys over at Super Street Online put a good amount of time and energy into researching the topic a few years back, and we have opted to supplement a portion of their list with some entries of our own. So read on to see what project car best suits you, and maybe if you’re lucky you’ll find one for the right price and can start wrenching sooner than later!