The real cost of an American muscle car

An image of an American muscle car
Born in the USA
Americans never thought they’d be collectable
  • | by Amanda Bathory

Muscle cars define rockabilly Americana. It’d be peachy keen if one were to bob over to the UK on a one-way ferry ride and roll right onto your driveway – so here’s how to do it.

How to buy a muscle car

‘Beverly Hills, that’s where I want to be’ wailed Weezer, obviously because there’s a wicked muscle garage there.

Yes, the Beverly Hills Car Club in California is a temptress, and its inventory of project and fully-restored classic cars is an all-American dream.

A 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air with a V8 engine is a snip at $47,500 (roughly £35,000) to buy outright, whereas a mechanically sound 1957 Thunderbird E-code Ford - albeit, in need of a little TLC - could be yours for $27,500 (just under £20,500).

In the UK, you can pick up a wrecked 1964 Buick Wildcat from Mike's Muscle Car Garage for £7,000, whereas the same model, from the same year, in top nick, fetches £125,000.

Are muscle cars worth the price tag?