What can $10k buy you these days? It may not seem like much, but it’s enough to get you something fun to drive that’s also on the collectible spectrum. 

What do I mean by that? Well, unless you’re into a total project, you’re not going to find a ’69 Camaro for $10k. Muscle Mopars are out, too — unless you like trucks. And no, you probably won’t find a good ’66 Mustang, either. Although that one is worth investigating.

For my money, the best $10k buy right now is a C4 Corvette. Preferably a ’95 or ’96 with a manual transmission. These cars are generally pretty robust, and they’re the last of the C4 line, so most of the bugs had been worked out. Parts aren’t too hard to come by, and that wedge-shaped C4 body is starting to become cool again. I think there’s some slight upside here, assuming you find a car without damage and without a million miles on the clock.

What about you? If you were spending $10k of ACC’s money, what would you buy right now and why?

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