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Click above for Barrett-Jackson's bargain buys under $10,000

If you only watch the Saturday night highlights on SPEED, you might think only those with deep pockets can afford to buy cars at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale. Not true! There are dozens of cars that can be purchased in the four figure range, most from the GM Heritage Collection this year, with many selling for far less than $10,000. Take, for instance, a 1989 Geo Tracker "Boom Box" custom with a kickin' stereo system that sold for $5,170, or a cool 1991 Chevy Caprice Classic purchased for a mere $3,630. There were even some "historically significant" vehicles like the first Saturn ever made, a 1991 SL1 that sold for $3,850, the one millionth Saturn, a 1995 SC2 coupe that sold for $7,150, and the brand's second millionth vehicle, this time a 1999 SC2 coupe that went for $8,470. Taking the honor of the cheapest car sold at Barrett-Jackson this year was the above vehicle: a 1985 Oldsmobile Calais outfitted with Michigan State badging that went for just $2,475. The description states that the car is "perfect for the Michigan State fan", but we don't know why you wouldn't just take a decent car and put the badges on yourself. Click below to see 10 bargain buys from Barrett-Jackson this year that even we could afford.

Don't forget to check out this past weekend's complete coverage of the 2009 Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale by clicking here.

1985 Oldsmobile Calais
  • 1985 Oldsmobile Calais "Michigan State University"
  • A "Spartan" special custom Calais. Perfect for the Michigan State fan. Lot number 6.1, sold for $2,475.
  • 1991 Saturn SL1 (First Production Model)
  • First production Saturn ever made. Lot number 93, sold for $3,850.
  • 1995 Saturn SC2 Coupe (1 Millionth)
  • Saturn's 1-millionth vehicle, a Dark Green 1995 SC2 coupe. Lot number 93.1, sold for $7,150.
  • 1999 Saturn SC2 Coupe (2 Millionth)
  • The 2 Millionth Saturn built. Lot number 93.2, sold for $8,470.
  • 1989 GEO "Zonker" Metro
  • A personal project for GM Design VP, Chuck Jordan. One-of-a-kind styling exercise developed in conjunction with Suzuki. Lot number 9.1, sold for $3,300.
  • Pontiac Grand Am #85 IMSA race car
  • Ran in IMSA Racing Series Pro F. Features naturally aspirated, 2-barrel carbureted 4-cylinder engine. Lot number 1619, sold for $3,300.
  • 1989 GEO Tracker "Boom Box"
  • GEO/Chevrolet's SEMA display vehicle that features high-powered audio. Lot number 30.3, sold for $5,720.
  • 1991 Chevy Caprice Classic
  • A Caprice production vehicle being sold from General Motors. Lot number 20, sold for $3,630.
  • 1988 Ford Ranger Saleen Sport Truck
  • This is a 1988 Saleen Sport truck. This is a very rare truck and is 1 of only 27 made and only 24 were made for the street. Lot number 617, sold for $6,050.
  • 2003 Pontiac Sunfire SEMA vehicle
  • This supercharged ECOTEC Sunfire features a long list of custom equipment including: unique front and rear fascia, full ground effects package, painted engine cover, ghost flames exterior paint treatment, custom wheels and oversized rear deck spoiler. Interior includes Clarion radio system and 12-inch subwoofers (located in trunk) and a custom leather interior. Lot number 115, sold for $7,700.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      buy all 3 saturns and in 2041 sell all three as a package deal. the models themselves are unremarkable but to have the first, millionth, and second millionth cars from any maufacturer has got to be worth something.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Crap, at any price.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Parking the yellow Sunfire across two handicap spots somehow makes ironic sense to me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That has to be one of the ugliest Sunfires I've ever seen. Did you guys keep a straight face as you typed up the description?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Eh...That Sunfire is not the best looking...

      What would i rather have? first production Z26 Beretta. Why? i don't even know.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i don't think that's Calais at all. it's a J-car convertible, like the Chevy Cavalier. the Olds was called Firenza but i don't think they made a convertible version. must be a Firenza clip on a Cavalier?
      ckzx2
      • 6 Years Ago
      Its a Calias, 87 or 89. Seeing the rump would help.
      It is also an aftermarket conversion.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Bargains! My #@$$ , I wouldn't pay a plugged nickel for any of those mongrels. B-J is the last place to look for bargains. Try some of the less-hyped auctions, I just saw a '63 Bonneville convertible (389 ,AZ car) go for $14k. That beats any sad-sack Saturn or Sunfire!
      • 6 Years Ago
      This metro was cheaper than most of the other Metros you will find now a days at ebay.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That Saleen Ranger is making me relive my Mini Truckin magazine days.

      MAKE IT STOP!!!! MAKE THE MAZDAROSSA IMAGES IN MY HEAD STOP!!!!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        You could always pull your Mazdarossa around in your Ford F250 Duallyrossa. There's still one running around here that was built back in the 80's.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ah, but then you could have a truck featured in Mini Truckin' AND Truckin' magazine (as they did mainly full size).

        I still dream of a late 90's crew cab Chevy 2500 on a 1500 frame, lowered 6/8" with bags, a phantom billet grille, some 18" Budnik's, and a nice tweed interior.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Caprice is cool - that would have caught my $3500.

      The real bargain buy for me was a touch over the $10k limit, selling Sunday afternoon for $12,000. It was a 1970 (I think) 3/4 ton Chevy pickup with a 454/ TH400 automatic an was immaculately restored. I'd toss a Gear Vendors overdrive on the automatic and drive it everywhere.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ill have my 01 Mustang GT instead thank you very much. Nobody, including oneself, would respect one driving those Saturns or the Sunfire. Even if it is the 1st or 1,000,000th, it's still ugly.
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