Second Generation Pontiac Firebird
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Second Generation Pontiac Firebird

Are hood scoops, a rumbling V8, and T-Tops your thing? Then you might want to take a look at the second generation Pontiac Firebird. It unashamedly screams 'American Iron' as loudly as possible. Perhaps the loudest thing about this car is its enormous Firebird hood decal. It's also the car Burt Reynolds and Sally Fields tore up Texas highways with in 'Smokey and the Bandit,' another American classic. The Pontiac Firebird shares a lot of components with the Chevy Camaro, its more successful sibling. Most Firebirds of this vintage shipped with a 350 ci V8.

"This is the affordable car for all you NASCAR fans," says Gwynn. "You can hotrod it for cheap since speed parts are so readily available." Firebirds of this vintage that need a little TLC can be had for less than $7,000. Spend between $10,00 and $15,000 to get one that's ready to go.