Owning an American classic doesn’t mean having to spend a lot or limit yourself to one of the US market’s mainstream brands. Budget $25,000 and you can afford almost anything produced by American Motors (Rambler), or Studebaker during their post-WW2 period. Cheapest in this group are the Ramblers, which were assembled locally and where the ‘Most Car For Your Money’ award has to go to the 1970s Matador which rarely tops $12,000. The Holden-sized Hornet is worth a look too. Among the Studebakers the easiest to find and most affordable are locally-assembled Larks and Cruisers. These with V8 engines and in good condition cost around $20,000. Two-door Daytona Hardtops reach $45,000 and it’s possible to spend the same on an excellent Hawk GT coupe.
Classic/Ambassador 1959-66$13,200 Rebel/Matador 1967-78 $8080  Hornet 1970-77$11,950  Javelin/AMX 1968-73$39,000  Stude Sedan/Coupe 1949-57$17,125  Lark/Cruiser 1960-66$18,000  Daytona H/Top 1962-66$40,000 Hawk 1958-64$36,980