Bang For The Buck

Explosive Performance On A Budget

Bob Mehlhoff Jun 1, 2002 0 Comment(s)

Step By Step

Performance cars are hot, and with summer coming you’ll want to get in on the action. Thumbing through the dozens of classified papers you’ve paid $25 for, you finally say to yourself, “There aren’t any clean ’60s musclecars left for under $5,000.” But we have some good news for you. There are plenty of affordable Chevrolet performance candidates that offer outstanding performance potential at bargain prices.

We’re talking about third-gen Camaros (’82-’92), ’78-’87 El Caminos, ’78-’88 A- and G-bodies, ’77-’96 B-body Caprices/Impalas, and ’82-92 S-10 pickups. Depending on condition and age, we’ve seen these machines go for between $500 and $5,000. If you need performance parts for these cars, the aftermarket has all kinds of cool bolt-on items to make them accelerate, handle, and stop at adrenaline-pumping rates.

To give you an idea of what’s out there, we’ve compiled some simple performance blueprints for each car. For the real budget-conscious, self-service wrecking yards are full of donor cars that offer suspension and brake upgrades that often interchange between these cars.

In essence, we’ve assembled a list of cars that you can buy for reasonable prices right now to gain all the performance you long for while still keeping a streetable and smog-legal car. If you do it right, we promise the results will be sizzling.

Check 'em out in the sidebars below.


Hotchkis Performance
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
MagnaFlow Performance Exhaust
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
K&N Engineering
Riverside, CA 92507
Eibach Springs
Corona, CA 92879
Performance Suspension Technology
Montville, NJ 07045
Weld Racing
Kansas City, MO 64129
JET Performance Products
Huntington Beach , CA
Auto Meter Products
Sycamore, IL 60178
Reider Racing
Borla Performance Industries
Oxnard, CA 93033
Bell Tech
Fresno, CA 93721


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