Do you often yearn for the sumptuous design and stately driving experience offered by classic cars? If so, there’s probably just one thing stopping you from buying one: the price. Sadly, classic cars can be a little too expensive for the average buyer. But don’t panic! We’ve compiled a list of majestic vintage vehicles that won’t break the bank. In fact, all the cars mentioned in this article can be purchased for less than $50,000.

1966 shelbyThe 1966 Shelby Cobra

This deliciously sporty, open-topped roadster is guaranteed to delight any motoring enthusiast. Its sleek, flowing curves embody the design philosophy of classic roadsters and make it one of the best-looking cars that money can buy. Meanwhile, its respectable speed and rear-wheel horsepower (around 400wrhp) make it a pleasure to drive. However, the best thing about this machine is that it can be yours for approximately $40,000 from the right seller. You’d be surprised how many of these vehicles are available, so the asking price is generally reasonable. Shop around and you might even find a better bargain!

1971 Jaguar XKE Coupe (1)The 1971 Jaguar E-Type

The name Jaguar is synonymous with quality. In fact, Enzo Ferrari famously described their 1961 E-Type as “the most beautiful car ever made”. There’s just one problem. The 1961 Jaguar E Type for sale generally costs over $100,000, which is a tad expensive. Luckily, the 1971 E-Type is identical in almost every respect and will cost considerably less. Some sellers will part with the 1971 E-Type for around $40,500. Like all Jaguar vehicles, it projects an unmistakable air of poise and power. The only difference is that it won’t cost you the Earth!

4. 1959 Triumph TR3AThe 1958 Triumph TR3 A

No list of classic cars would be complete without a Triumph! Triumphs are sturdy and reliable vehicles with a bold, forthright aesthetic. The TR3 A is no exception. What makes it stand out is that it was designed as a sports car. As such, its shape is somewhat sleeker and more dynamic than other Triumphs. With a top speed of around 105mph and horsepower of 100bph, the T3A may not be as lithe as modern vehicles, but it nonetheless offers a satisfying driving experience. The best part is that it can easily be found for less than $39,000.

1963-Corvette-StingrayThe 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

The classic Corvette is fast, manoeuvrable and sports a unique, angular aesthetic. There’s simply no other car like it. With horsepower of approximately 300bph and the ability to go from 0 to 60mph in just 6.1 seconds, the Stingray is also a joy to drive. More to the point, it’s a joy to drive that can be obtained for approximately $39,600 on the open market, provided you don’t mind shopping around.

1960 Austin Mini Cooper
1960 Austin Mini Cooper

The 1960 Austin Mini

It’s easy to fall in love with the Mini. It’s a classic British car with a timeless, quirky design. It even featured in The Italian Job. What else needs to be said? Only that you can easily buy one for the less than $15,500!



Price can be a major obstacle to owning a classic car, but it doesn’t have to be. With automobiles like these available for such low prices, your dream of buying a vintage vehicle is within reach!

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