Kelley Blue Book Value: Estimated Cost at Less Than $10,000
Engine: 5.0-liter V8
We're using the '85 Monte as a general umbrella for a beginner's project car. Chances are you will not be able to find an '85 SS in great shape, so there's going to need to be some work done. Whether it's a Monte Carlo, a '69 Dodge Charger, or a '79 Chevy El Camino, those kids that took their first drive down the block at age 10 and have been watching their dad fix mom's car since they were allowed in the garage are going to want a car they can build up. Something they can learn from. Although it will cost you some cash in the long run, you should be able to find a decent project for less than 10 G's. Your second purchase? An OEM manual for the car.