Affordable classics might seem an oxymoron, a contradiction in terms, but in fact, there are more of them available than you might imagine. Before we could home in on the top 10, however, we had to define exactly what we meant by “affordable” and “classic.”
We decided an affordable airplane was one with minimum maintenance that wouldn’t cost more than $30,000 to buy. That’s about what a person might spend for a sports car or boat, but not usually enough to break the family budget. While some purists might insist a classic airplane needs to fly in front of a tailwheel or behind a round engine, we chose the simpler definition that it merely be at least 40 years old.