1970 Ford Mustang Coupe
This little number is a perfect example of a car that's ready for a quick scuff-and-shoot paintjob. It only has a small amount of surface rust, which can easily be removed with a DA sander in a matter of minutes. What this surface rust shows us is that the paint it wears today is the paint it came from the factory with. When you can see down to the metal like you can on this car's hood and roof, and no panels are shinier than others, it's safe to assume the car has no hidden damage or has ever been repainted. The for-sale sign claims the car has working original A/C and a good running engine for $3,600, which is a good deal in our book.

1965 Chevy Nova Straight-Six
Being open to buying a six-cylinder car can be helpful in your search, since there are so many of them out there, and the price tags are lower. If you need to have an original V-8 car, or a special trim package, a straight-six isn't the car for you, but if you want to cut it up, what difference does it make? This is an original six-cylinder '65 Nova that runs and drives and is currently registered with black California plates. A current registration is good proof that you won't be slammed with unexpected fees from the DMV. The rusty dust cap protruding from the steel wheel hints that the suspension and brakes have never been touched and the car's waiting to be transformed into a track monster.

1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1
The Mach 1 was introduced by Ford as an in-between model, a step up from the GT model, and a step below the Boss. This particular Mach 1 was the least expensive fastback we saw that came with an engine at $13,000. This Mustang appears to have factory paint that desperately needs to be replaced. Remember to factor this into your budget.

1967 Pontiac Firebird Stocker
So you've hunted the aisles and found you just can't afford a first-gen Camaro, but you love the F-body cars. One option is to trade the Bow Tie for a Poncho. This '67 Firebird has an original 400 backed by the very desirable M-22 rock-crusher four-speed trans, and it only has 73,000 miles on it. It does need a paintjob, but it's straight as can be, and is ready for primer. The asking price of $15,000 was pretty high for a 'Bird, so after we made a trip to eBay.com to find a similar car, we found this exact one up for bid starting at $11,000--a more realistic price.