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Hemmings Motor News has been around since 1954. We're proud of our heritage, but we're also more than the Hemmings full of classifieds that your father subscribed to. Aside from new editorial content every month in Hemmings, we have three monthly magazines: Hemmings Muscle Machines, Hemmings Classic Car and Hemmings Sports and Exotic Car.

While our editors traverse the country to find the best content for those magazines, we find other oddities related to the old-car hobby that we really had no place for - until now. With this blog, we're giving you a behind-the-scenes look at what we see and what we do during the course of putting out some of the finest automotive magazines you'll ever read.

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14 Relatively Common Traits of Pre-Owned 1960s Muscle Cars for Sale in the 1980s

Posted August 01, 2018 9:00 AM by dstrohl

Countless 1960s and early 1970s cars were falling victim to abuse, neglect, haphazard repairs, and rust by the mid-1980s. Yet muscle cars had since become collectible and were rising in value.

The road to my first purchase was lined with various prospects that came and went due to certain flaws or asking prices that made them cost prohibitive. Keep in mind that given my age and resources at the time, I was shopping in the low-end of the market with regard to price and overall condition. My first odyssey led to a $3,400 1967 Chevelle SS 396, which served as my daily driver. I’ve written about this car before.

Then about two years later, the entire scenario was repeated when searching for my 1967 GTO. The difference this time, however, was that I didn’t have to rely on the Pontiac for primary transportation, so it could be more of a project. My crusade also revealed interesting mutual traits that some muscle cars in the lower price range shared.

Buying rusted out muscle cars in the 1980s created some unique marketing techniques.

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