The values of classic cars have soared in recent years, making most of them simply too expensive to actually drive. With a bit of digging around, however, you can still find gorgeous examples of famous models that are a bit shy of concours condition and therefore still affordable enough to putter around in – or even burn rubber.
Here are five great examples of stunning rides you can score for under $75,000 from RM Sotheby's' upcoming Ft. Lauderdale sale:
1965 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL
230 SLs at this price are rare indeed. This one has its desirable original color scheme and a four-speed manual transmission. And it was under single ownership from 1964-2011. Estimated at $55,000 – $65,000.
1969 Jaguar E-Type Roadster
It's pretty amazing that you can still find these iconic beauties under $75K. And this Primrose Yellow 4.2-liter example has already been fully restored. Estimated at $65,000–$75,000.
1980 Ferrari 308 GTBi
With a 5-speed manual transmission and classic Rosso Corsa paint job, this iconic 308 GTBi – one of only 494 built – is a real steal and features a newly restored interior. Estimated at $55,000 – $75,000.
1988 Rolls-Royce Corniche II
We think 1980s Corniches are some of the best deals around, considering these are hand-built English thoroughbreds. This example was owned by Thomas H. Anderson Jr., a U.S. Ambassador under President Reagan. Estimated at $50,000 – $70,000.
1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe
1980s 911s can be equally a source of great deals though that won't always be the case. This stunner in Guards Red with a 5-speed manual transmission is the desirable sunroof variant. Estimated at $45,000–$65,000.