9 Classic American Cars That Are Perfect for Collections

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For some people, a classic American car is a dream to own. Not without reason, apart from the macho design, the engine performance is also famous for being fierce and the roaring sound that comes out of the exhaust as if the car is a beast.

Different from automotive manufacturers from Germany or Italy. In the same era, namely around 1960 to 1970, American automotive manufacturers were dominated by cars with large engine capacities.

As a result, classic American car brands such as Ford, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge and Pontiac as well as several other brands are famous for their wild engine performance and macho appearance. In addition, the sound produced also has characteristics like a Harley Davidson.

In Indonesia itself, the population is not large. Even if there is a used price for this classic American car, it is quite expensive. Therefore, generally the owners of these cars are rich people.

So, to find out better what classic American cars are still sought after by petrol heads, let's look at the following review.

1. Pontiac Firebird Coupe (1968)

The first recommendation for a cheap sports car is the Toyota GR86. This sports car adopts a 2,387 cc 4-cylinders, horizontally-opposed, DOHC, 16-valves engine with a choice of 6-speed manual and automatic transmissions. On paper, this machine is capable of producing 235 PS of power at 7,000 rpm and peak torque of 250 Nm at an engine speed of 3,700 rpm.

Talking about features, the Toyota GR 86 is equipped with Automatic High Beam (AHB), Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Pre Collision System (PCS), Lane Departure Warning, Lane Sway Warning, and Lane Change Assist (LCA).

And to maintain the security of this car, the GR 86 has T-Intouch embedded. Where this feature has been integrated with:

  • Find My Car
  • Stolen Vehicle Tracking
  • Geofencing
  • Vehicle Info
  • E-Care (Maintenance)
  • Inquiry & Support Center

For the selling price, the Toyota GR86 is sold for IDR 956.9 million for manual transmission and IDR 973.4 million for automatic transmission.

2. Mazda MX-5 RF (Rp. 839 million – Rp. 849 million)

One cheap sports car option is the Mazda MX-5 RF which is sold for IDR 839.9 million for manual transmission and IDR 949.9 million for automatic transmission. Even though the price tag is affordable, the engine performance is truly amazing. On paper, it uses a 2.0 liter Skyactiv-G, four cylinder, DOHC.

This machine can produce peak torque of 205 Nm at 4,000 rpm and maximum power of 183 PS at 7,000 rpm. The equivalent is a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Regarding comfort, there is a BOSE sound system with 9 speakers. This way, the driver's and passenger's ears can be really pampered when they hear music. Also present is a 7 inch touch screen head unit.

It's not finished there, there is also automatic AC, leather seats, audio steering switch and paddle shift. Then the roof of the Mazda MX-5 RF can be opened electrically, perfect for those of you who want to enjoy fresh air while driving.

The dimensions of the Mazda MX-5 RF are quite small. The length is only 3,915 mm, width 1,735 mm and height 1,235 mm. Then for wheel size, use 205/45-17 inches. In this way, this Japanese car is very fun to slide around on busy roads

3. Mini 3-Door JCW (Rp. 1,180 billion)

The next cheap sports car, Mini 3-Door John Cooper Works (JCW). The price reaches IDR 1.180 billion.

The name John Cooper Works is synonymous with wild performance. This is implemented by Mini through the use of a 2.0 liter Twinpower Turbo engine. The mechanical heart was specially formulated to produce a peak torque of 450 Nm and a maximum power of 306 hp.

Another advantage of the Mini 3-Door JCW is that it has a larger exhaust than the standard variant, all-wheel drive, driving modes, 10 mm lower suspension, and various aerodynamic body components. As a result, the performance is solid. The ability to run from a standstill to 100 kph only takes 6.1 seconds.

4. Mercedes-AMG A 45 4MATIC Hatchback (Rp. 1,675 billion)

If you are looking for a Mercedes-AMG brand sports car, the cheapest model is the A 45 4MATIC Hatchback. The price is IDR 1.675 billion off the road.

This car is a hatchback type or can be called a hothatch. The exterior design is truly special with various wind-splitting accessories, including a rear spoiler that is like a racing car wing.

Another advantage is that it uses a 2.0 liter engine with a four cylinder configuration. The mechanical heart can produce peak torque of 400 Nm at 3,000 – 4,000 rpm and maximum power of 306 hp at 5,800 rpm.

Using this engine, the Mercedes-AMG A 45 4MATIC can go 4.7 seconds from rest to 100 Kpj. Then the maximum speed reaches 250 Kph.

Regarding the luxury features that this cheap sports car has, it is a touch screen head unit with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, head up display, blind spot assist, keyless, active parking assist, and auto AC.

5. BMW Z4 (Rp. 1.6 billion – Rp. 1.9 billion) 

The choice of roadster-style sports car that you can also choose is the BMW Z4. The price is IDR 1.645 billion for the sDrive30i M Sport variant and IDR 1.942 billion for the M40i variant. This vehicle has a beautiful appearance with a design focus on increasing driving pleasure.

Like other roadsters, the BMW Z4 can only accommodate two people. Then regarding engine capacity, it uses a 2.0 liter cubic with twin turbo technology. The mechanical heart is capable of producing up to 258 hp of power and 400 Nm of torque. The equivalent is an 8-speed transmission.

The interesting thing about the BMW Z4 is that the roof can be opened if you want to be exposed to the outside wind. Then regarding comfort, a 10.25 inch touch screen head unit and an open roof are available.

Keep in mind, when opening the roof of the Z4, it's best not to be in traffic jams on Jakarta's roads. This can actually make you hit by heat, dust and pollution. Take advantage of the open roof when driving on trips through the mountains or the coast. At least you need to first look for a location with beautiful natural views.

For those of you who don't know, this European brand sports car shares its basis with the Toyota Supra GR. It's just that in Indonesia, the price of the Supra GR is much more expensive with a price tag of up to IDR 2 billion.

6. Honda Civic Type R FL5 (Rp. 1,399 billion)

The next cheap sports car comes from the Japanese brand, Honda Civic Type R FL5. The price of this hot hatchback is only IDR 1.399 billion. Regarding the advantages, there is no need to ask anymore. The engine performance is simply insane.

The engine used is still the 2.0 liter VTEC, only there are changes to the turbo. As a result, peak torque increased by 20 Nm to 420 Nm and maximum power increased by 9 PS to 319 PS. The performance of the Civic Type R FL5 is also the wildest compared to other Type R's from the previous generation.

7. BMW M3 Competition (Rp. 2,498 billion)

Another cheap sports car that you can buy is the BMW M3 Competition. This car, which was released in mid-2021, comes with a number of advantages regarding the typical performance of the BMW M Series.

This 5 passenger sedan is priced at around IDR 2.498 billion off the road. The engine can produce 650 Nm of torque at 2,750 – 5,500 rpm and maximum power of 510 hp at 6,250 rpm.

Meanwhile, the transmission uses an eight-speed BMW M Steptronic. If you accelerate, BMW claims that it goes from standstill to 100 km/hour in just 3.9 seconds.

8. BMW M4 Coupe Competition (Rp. 2,568 billion)

Just like its M3 sibling, the BMW M4 Coupe Competition comes with beast performance. However, the appearance of this car is more sporty.

What's more, the seats feature an individual Carbon Bucket Seat concept with electric regulation. Apart from that, this model also comes with the M Carbon package accessories which are made from carbon fiber material which is 10 kg lighter than M sport seats.

This seat is designed for use in racing arenas using 6-point seatbelts. At the back of the seat, the carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) structure is clearly visible, strengthening the impression of a touring racing car.

The BMW M4 Coupe Competition also uses a 3.0 liter DOHC VANOS twin-turbocharged inline-6 ​​engine coded S58 which is borrowed from the F97 X3 M with several improvements and produces 510 HP of power and 650 Nm of torque.

Regarding the price, the BMW M4 Coupe Competition Individual is priced at IDR 2.568 billion. 

9. Mini JCW Cabrio (Rp. 1,225 billion)

You should also look at the Mini JCW Cabrio. With its small body posture, this car is capable of producing 306 HP of power. This is thanks to the performance upgrade that Mini carried out on the car, which is priced at around IDR 1.225 billion. 

The Mini JCW Cabrio itself has a twin power turbo 4 cylinder engine which has a top speed of up to 250km/hour.


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