Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Cheap classics on the rise

The Datsun 240Z is the first generation of Z GT 3-door two-seat coupés, produced by Nissan from 1969 to 1978. It was one of the most successful sports car lines ever produced. The heart of the 240Z is a 2.4-liter six-cylinder engine pumping out 151 hp. The 240Z's sleek styling, modern engineering, relatively low price, and impressive performance was a hit with the public. On top of that, the 240Z is super reliable with many still on the road today.
1990 Corvette ZR-1. In 1990 Chevy partnered with Lotus to build the ZR-1. 3,049 ZR1 coupes were produced at an original list price of $58,995. Powered by a Lotus-built 5.7-liter LT5 V8 generating 375 hp, the ZR-1 could go from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and had a top speed of 180 mph.
The R129 generation of the Mercedes-Benz SL Class is a landmark of the auto industry. The R129 was lauded for its over-engineered nature and was considered to be one of the most advanced cars of the '90s. The most powerful engine is an M120 V12 pumping out 389 hp. The R129 is available for around $30k, making it one of the cheapest V12-powered sports cars you can buy.