1979 Pontiac Firebird Formula 400 WS6
It’s hard to be a fan of the Firebird and not like Burt Reynolds, but in case you aren’t, there’s another cool Firebird you can buy. The Formula 400 WS6 is a limited-edition based on the 1979 Firebird, which had a new front fascia with single headlamps on each side and a dual-bulge layout for the engine hood. By 1979, output of the 6.6-liter V-8 had increased to 220 horsepower, but it’s the WS6 handling package that makes it special.
The bundle added “snowflake” wheels, rear anti-roll bars with harder bushings, retuned spring and shock rates, and four-wheel disc brakes. The $324 package proved quite popular with Pontiacenthusiasts and kept the Firebird breathing in the late 1970s. This thing is hard to find nowadays, and only a few had both the 6.6-liter V-8 engine and the WS6 package, but buying one won’t set you back more than $18,000.
1985 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z
Needless to say, the Camaro was no longer a very powerful muscle car in the 1980s, but the third-generation model, which was launched in 1981, spawned a few iconic versions. One of them was the IROC-Z. A package named after the International Race of Champions, the IROC-Z was an optional upgrade for the Z28 and featured a retuned suspension, lowered ride height, Delco-Bilstein shocks, larger sway bars, and an injection system from the Corvette.
Powered by a 5.0-liter V-8, the IROC-Z hit the streets with 215 horsepower and an automatic transmission. The car made it on Car and Driver’s Ten Best list for 1985, which helped it become one of the most iconic iterations of the third-generation Camaro. Despite this, the IROC-Z is the most affordable car on our list, with good examples available for under $10,000.