Back in the '80s, you could pick up a muscle car or a huge, rear-drive American land yacht for next to nothing. Of course people thrashed these things like a beater Nissan.
You'd kill for an AMC Javelin now, but back then it was a total hoonmobile. Moreover, you might think that watching one jumping a railroad crossing would be painful, but it's actually a heartwarming experience. It's a lot better seeing these cars getting driven as their V8s intended, and not stuck in air-conditioned garages.
(Hat tip to benjaminleblanc!)