1982-1987 Olds Cutlass Supreme
The Cutlass name was spread out quite a bit in the '80s. Instead of it applying to one model, it was used for several cars accompanied by a second name like Supreme, for example. This middle-weight G-body metric was rear-wheel drive, not to be confused with the front-wheel-drive Cutlass Ciera and early Calais. Strong sales of the rear-wheel-drive Cutlass urged GM to produce both versions simultaneously. The last year of the rear-wheel-drive Cutlass was 1988. The final year Supreme was badged as the Cutlass Supreme Classic, and only 27,678 of them were produced. The engine options through the years were the Buick V-6, also found in the Buick Regal, the Chevy 305, and a selection of Olds V-8s. The G-body platform is shared with many other popular models, making the interchangeable parts list lengthy. These cars aren't common canyon carvers, but they make a great budget bracket car.

By The Numbers
Typical price range: $500 - $3,500
Total model production: 932,590
Platform variants: Buick Regal, El Camino, Malibu, Monte Carlo,
  Bonneville, Grand Prix, LeMans
Available engines: V-6: 231 (Buick) V-8: 260, 305, 307, 350
Coolness factor: 3
Aftermarket support: 5
Availability: 4
Website resources: www.oldsmobileforum.com

We Found It
Sometimes it's better to find a car that is totally stock because oftentimes modified cars have issues. This '87 example sold for $2,400 with very little damage. A fresh coat of paint and a rebuilt engine and it would look as good as new. Maybe swap in a turbo Buick motor. We know they fit.

1964-1974 Plymouth Satellite
The Plymouth Satellite started out as the mid-sized Belvedere's top-of-the-line model in 1964. It remained the top lux model until 1970 when it replaced the Belvedere name, and the GTX took its old spot as top dog. The early Satellites only came in two-door hardtop and convertible models. It was also the only Belvedere to come standard with a V-8, and the option to upgrade to the 426 wedge-head motor. In '66, the Satellite was available with the new 425hp street Hemi. In 1968, four-door and station wagon models were added, relieving it of its smaller customer base. The Satellite name was dropped mid-year 1974, and became the Plymouth Fury. As far as working on these cars goes, there are tons of options. The B-body platform is shared by millions of cars of the era, whose performance parts are all interchangeable.

By The Numbers
Typical price range: $2,500 - $13,000
Total model production: 269.904
Platform variants: Plymouth Belvedere, Roadrunner, and GTX;
  Dodge Coronet and Charger
Available engines: V-8: 273, 318, 361, 383, 426 Hemi
Coolness factor: 3
Aftermarket support: 4
Availability: 4
Website resources: www.forbbodiesonly.com

We Found It
You really don't get much for $2,500 when you're looking for a Satellite. This '68 Satellite Sport is dilapidated. The body is rusted, the engine is missing, the interior looks as if a pack of hyenas were let loose inside. If you are looking to spend upward of $6,000 for a project car, you might be able to find something running in better condition.

Must-Have Resource
Obviously this was a research-heavy story. Not everything online can be taken as truth, and even what you might think of as common knowledge has to be double and triple checked. The Internet is a great tool, but sometimes you need a good old-fashioned book. We used the Encyclopedia of American Cars by the auto editors of Consumer Guide. The cover says: "A comprehensive history of the automakers and the cars they built, including every major American automobile and scores of minor makes." Much of the historical data and all of the production numbers came from this book. We highly recommend it for any American car enthusiasts as a good read and an even better resource.