While we often cover all sorts of beautiful, unique, and dream-worthy vehicles here at Motorious, sometimes they simply aren’t feasible to consider for a purchase. However, the marketplace has a wide selection of vehicles that are reasonably priced.
All of these sub-$15,000 vehicles are conversation starters, with each bringing something different to the table. The list caters to just about everyone, too, with selections ranging from customs to bone stock, tuners to hot rods, vans to roadsters, and plenty more. Check it out!
One of the first vehicles on this list is also one of the most affordable. For two years only, Toyota slapped a turbo on its esteemed 22RE 4-cylinder engine and added it to the SR5 trim of the 4Runner truck. Canyon State Classics of Tempe, Arizona offers this 1987 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Turbo 4X4 for sale at a price of $3,900.
Unfortunately, it is a project truck, with the owner having parked it due to a blown turbo, but luckily, it is fairly easy to locate the factory CT20 turbo. Additionally, this vehicle is in unrestored condition, with the seller noting that it could be either a great restoration candidate or a fun trail rig. Personally, I’d love to hear this 22-RTE spoolin’ once again, especially if it found use as a rugged off-road machine.
While the majority of people associate Volvo with the “brick” style designs from the 1980s and 1990s, many of those same folks can’t believe their eyes when you show them classic Volvo designs. Vintage Car Collector in Glendale, California is asking $9,000 for this 1972 Volvo P1800 ES, which features a sleek, shooting brake body style. While this is a running and driving example with a manual transmission, it will need some bodywork in the near future, but the seller includes patch panels with the vehicle’s sale.
Honda enthusiasts often consider the fifth-generation EG Civic the best iteration of the compact car, especially in the “bubble” hatchback body style. While we never received the ultra high-performance Si-R trim in the United States, Toprank Motorworks Inc. of Cypress, California offers this 1992 Honda Civic Si-R for sale at a price of $14,995, with all of the importation work done.
This beautiful Captiva Blue example features just 89,011km (55,631miles) on its B16A 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine. The engine pairs to a 5-speed manual transmission to drive the front wheels and the chassis features a bunch of upgrades, such as Volk Racing wheels, a Mugen exhaust system, a Bride bucket driver’s seat, and Final Connexion coilover suspension.
When you look at this 1984 Dodge Ram 150 Royal SE, it’s easy to like what you see. Autobarn Classic Cars of Concord, North Carolina offers this pretty truck for sale at a price of $6,995. This is a one-owner truck that features a beautiful red and white two-tone paint job, as well as a venerable slant 6-cylinder engine that pairs to a 4-speed manual transmission. The 5-digit odometer states 75,349 miles, and considering how clean this truck is, that figure is easily believable.
This listing for a 1982 GMC S-15 from Future Classics LLC had me confused at first. Initially, I thought it was the legendary Syclone performance truck, but it turns out it is a thorough and clean clone. This ’82 S-15 uses a V6 engine and a 3-speed automatic transmission, with the ad stating that it has 38,908 miles on it. While this tribute has all of the Syclone’s bark and none of its bite, there’s no denying it’s a clean truck that will certainly surprise some people.
The 4th-generation C4 chassis of Chevrolet’s Corvette sports car doesn’t always receive the love it should from enthusiasts, but, I’m not one of those folks. I enjoy the exterior design, especially when it features various period-correct upgrades, like this 1988 Chevrolet Corvette.
Showdown Motors Inc. of Fraser, Michigan offers this C4 for a price of $14,900. The white exterior features some tasteful and era-specific modifications, such as a very ‘80s aero kit and a beautiful set of OZ Racing Fittipaldi wheels. Step inside the cabin, and you’ll find a vibrant red interior theme, which nicely contrasts the white exterior color. Somewhat surprisingly, this well-preserved Vette is also a low-mileage one: it has only traveled 17,610 miles.
I love customized vans, and this 1974 Ford Econoline that Streetside Classics offers at its Phoenix, Arizona location is an alluring specimen. The first thing you’ll notice on this van is the shining white paint, which is complemented nicely by the Mooneyes front license plate, as well as the Mooneyes wheel covers, which set the tone for the ‘70s theme.
That retro theme carries over into the cabin, where you’ll find green and tan seats, a green carpet, and woodgrain door panels. The drivetrain consists of a rebuilt 300 cu.-in. inline 6-cylinder engine, which pairs to a 3-speed manual transmission. For just $11,995, you could be driving this radical van on all sorts of interesting journeys.
Though I’ve never owned a first-generation Mazda Miata, I’ve driven plenty of them, and it’s always around this time of year where I get the itch to purchase one. GR Auto Gallery in Wixom, Michigan offers this beautiful 1991 Mazda Miata for sale at an affordable price of $5,900, and I’d be lying if I said I’m not extremely tempted to purchase.
This well-maintained example features a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine, which pairs to a 5-speed manual transmission. The drivetrain only has 79,065 miles and there is a folder full of receipts detailing this Miata’s service history. Last but not least, the interior features working heat and A/C, while the convertible top is also new.
As an owner of the Toyota Cressida, I’ve come to adore the company’s offerings during the era, especially the ones that were never offered in the United States. One such example is the ultra-luxurious Crown, a gorgeous and upscale sedan. Shelton Classics and Performance of Mooresville, North Carolina has imported this 1991 Toyota Crown, and for the price of $8,995, you can finally enjoy this federally legal and luxurious piece of the brand’s history.
Inside the spacious cabin, you’ll find a beautiful burgundy theme, as well as the steering wheel on the right-hand side. This extravagant sedan has 119,000 kilometers on the odometer (74,000 miles) on its engine, which is Toyota’s 1G-GZE, a supercharged 2.0-liter inline 6-cylinder powerplant. This pairs to a 4-speed automatic transmission to drive the rear wheels. As you can expect, it runs and drives smoothly, making it a very enticing choice for a comfortable cruiser.
For just five years, Mercury manufactured the Monarch, which was a counterpart model to Ford’s Granada. The luxury car was sold in 2- or 4-door body styles, with this 1976 Mercury Monarch being a stellar example of this elegant vehicle.
GR Auto Gallery in Grand Rapids, Michigan offers this Monarch for $12,900. This three-owner vehicle has enjoyed a lifetime of meticulous care with plenty of documentation, including the original bill of sale, original window sticker, and plenty of service history. Inside and out, this Mercury is in remarkable condition, which isn’t too surprising, considering it has only traveled 14,397 miles during its lifetime. Last but not least, this example uses a 302 cubic-inch V8 engine, which pairs to a 3-speed manual transmission to drive the rear wheels.
With the exception of the ’74 Ford Econoline, this list of reasonably priced selections has lacked family-friendly, but cool haulers. Fear not, because Streetside Classics offers this wicked 1997 GMC Suburban SLE for the price of $9,995 at its Concord, North Carolina location.
The first look at this SUV reveals a variety of custom details, such as the bright red paint, a custom front end, custom rear taillights, and tinted windows. Additionally, the truck sports 17-inch American Racing wheels at all four corners. Inside the cabin, the interior remains unchanged, but that’s not a bad thing when it comes to using this truck for practical purposes. This truck features a 5.7-liter V8 engine, which pairs to a 4-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. Despite the drivetrain having 239,085 miles, you could never tell, based on how clean this Suburban is inside and out.
It is crazy to think that when Plymouth introduced the Duster for the 1970 model year, the company considered it a compact vehicle. However, its tinier size in comparison to other models made it a popular choice for hot rodders, as evidenced by this menacing 1970 Plymouth Duster.
GR Auto Gallery of Grand Rapids, Michigan offers this Duster for sale at a price of $12,900. A healthy 360 cu.-in. V8 engine is under the hood, which pairs to an automatic transmission with a stall converter. Additionally, the interior features various gauges, as well as a roll cage. The advertisement notes that this Duster can run the quarter mile in 11.50 seconds, and also that this Duster is set up for its next race. Could you see yourself behind the passenger seat of this at the drag strip?
The second-generation of Chevrolet’s K5 Blazer is arguably the most iconic style in the model’s history, mostly due to its rugged nature. With that being said, the 2-wheel-drive examples of the truck aren’t as common, but Restore a Muscle Car LLC in Lincoln, Nebraska offers this 1979 Chevrolet K5 Blazer 2WD for sale at a price of $12,900.
This blue Blazer has an excellent natural patina on the top half of the vehicle, while the bottom half looks pretty clean, with the advertisement stating there are minimal rust issues. A 305 cu.-in. V8 engine powers this Chevy, and it pairs to a 3-speed manual transmission to drive the rear wheels. The driveline has a fairly low 124,353 miles on it, and the seller mentions that the truck runs and rides great. Personally, I love the exterior patina and being a 2WD model, I would go for a low and slow type of build with this Blazer.
Here’s an imported vehicle that takes a more performance-oriented approach than its U.S.-market counterpart. This 1992 Toyota Soarer may look similar to the Lexus SC, but this JDM-market example packs more of a punch.
This 2-door features a 1JZ-GTE, a 2.5-liter turbocharged inline 6-cylinder engine that the U.S. market never recieved. The engine pairs to a 5-speed manual transmission to drive the rear wheels, and the drivetrain has 217,444 km on it, which translates to approximately 135,902 miles. Meanwhile, the interior features a digital gauge cluster, comfortable cloth-upholstered seats (which is something you probably wouldn’t find in a Lexus cabin), and a Sparco steering wheel. With recent maintenance performed on it, Toprank Motorworks Inc. of Cypress, California is looking to get $13,995 for this turbocharged Toyota. Could you see yourself piloting it?
I’m a big fan of BMW’s 5 Series midsize sedans, especially as the owner of a 2nd-generation E28 model. However, I don’t feel that the E28’s successor, the E34 chassis, generally receives the love that it deserves. With that being said, I’m absolutely swooning over this 1992 BMW 525i that Streetside Classics is offering for sale at its Nashville, Tennessee location for $10,995.
The keystone of this E34 is the S52 engine swap, which is the 3.2-liter inline 6-cylinder from an E36 M3, which has 90,000 miles on it. The S52 pairs to a 5-speed manual gearbox to drive the rear wheels. Surprisingly, this chassis has 297,942 miles on it, but you could never tell. Its red paint still shines brightly, and the sedan features a subtle, but aggressive stance thanks to lowering springs, Bilstein shocks and AC Schnitzer wheels at all four corners. The interior is similarly, clean, sporting a black and tan theme in pristine condition, as well as an aftermarket sound system.
While this swapped 525i may not be quite the same as an E34 M5, it is one of the sweetest E34 examples that I’ve seen in quite some time.
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