Affordable project cars include the Toyota Corolla (1984-1987), Nissan 240SX (1989-1998) and DSM (1989-1999). These are recommended as inexpensive project cars by CheatSheet.com.
The Fox Mustang (1979-1993) is another affordable project car, according to Hot Rod Network. The website says it is "a prime example of what you can do on a low budget." The price range for this car is $1,500 to $5,500 as of 2015. Hot Rod Network also recommends the Chevy Impala (1965-1970) as a good-looking car that also has power, with a big block engine. The typical price range for this car is $1,500 to $10,000.
Super Street Online has a list of project cars for under $10,000. This list includes the Honda Civic (1992-1994), which is described as the "founding father of the import movement." Its price ranges from $400 to $4,000, and the 1994-1995 Civic Hatch is recommended as the best of the make. The Mazda Miata (1990-1997) is another recommendation. This car is said to be "designed to engage the driver with a feathery 2,200-pound curb weight, rear drive and performance oriented 50/50 weight distribution." Its price range is $2,000 to $5,500. Another recommendation for an affordable project car is the Acura Integra (1994-2001), which costs $2,500 to $7,500 and is available as a two-door coupe or four-door sedan.