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Like baseball, drag racing is an american past time, and while you maybe doing it between the lights on weekends, it’s of course, better on a track. Either way though, here are a few cars that you can get into for cheap, don’t care about corners and should be excellent platforms for upgrades.
Really any year of Camaro is great, but particularly cost effective would be anything after 1972 and before 2010. A bonus of the older generation Camaros are their solid rear axels (normal bad for track use, but excellent for absorbing torque). Any year without a modular engine means you can drop in any Chevy V-8 of your choice.
GM G Body
These are your Buick Regals, Olds Cutlasses, Chevy Monte Carlos and Pontiac Grand Prix’s from the mid to late 80s. Most consider them the last of the true muscle car, and as such their ripe for dropping in high performance drivetrains.
Are we seeing a trend here? Anything you can easily swap a solid GM V8 into is your friend. Novas are particularly good because they’re so light, and less desirable models can be picked up much cheaper than say their Chevelle cousins.
Our first non-American entry. Yes, they’re only a four-cylinder, FWD car, but they’re light, and older generation Civics can easily accommodate a V-Tech or the coveted B16 engine. A good turbo and some sticky tires will you have leaving the older-timers at the lights.
1967 – 1972 Dodge Dart
We can make this list without a Mopar. And while any classic Mopar is a great drag racer, not all are cheap. Classic Darts, however, can still be had for a reasonable price, are lighter than most other Mopars and can handle all the powertrain swaps you can throw at them.
Seriously. They’re lighter than you’d expect, RWD and with some modifications, can accommodate a small-black Chevy V-8. All the right ingredients for a good drag car.
They’re light, they’re cheap, they’re RWD and the 5.0 has more upgrades available for it than just about any other engine around.