List: Ten Project Cars You Can Buy With Your Tax Refund

By John Beltz Snyder

March 30, 2011


1985 Nissan 300ZX Turbo: For $1900, you can get this 300ZX Turbo with 150,750 miles on it. It needs some work on the emergency brake and a couple other things, but it’s got a turbo six and T-top.


1972 MG Midget: The seller of this project in progress is asking $2750. It has 83,791 miles, and the seller is willing to fork over boxes of useful parts from various Midget parts cars.


1985 Pontiac Fiero GT: If you need a car that you can use while you fix it up, this Fiero is available for $3100. It doesn’t seem like it needs much work, but a little TLC could have you in good standing with your local Fiero community. It has a 2.8-liter V-6, four-speed manual transmission, and 119,000 miles on the odometer.


1985 Jeep CJ-7: For $2800, this Jeep only has 41,000 miles on it. It needs a little work on the carburetor, but it runs. Plus Jeeps are always fun to tinker around with, and even more fun to take deep into the rugged wilderness and drive over/through things that you wouldn’t think you ever could.


1973 Plymouth Barracuda: This would make a good restoration project for some dedicated gearhead. It has no motor or transmission, but you could get started on everything else while you wait for next year’s refund. $2950.


1991 Toyota MR2: This one isn’t running, but it could be a relatively simple fix, and with a price of only $595 it’s hard not to be tempted by this MR2. It has a manual transmission and 107,741 miles.


1989 Honda CRX: Another project car with no motor or transmission, but, given it’s a Honda, you or someone you know might just have one laying around in the back of your garage. It’s $1500, so depending on your refund, there’s money to spare for parts.


1991 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Of course, there had to be one on this list. This MX-5 is going for $1800 with 151,565 miles on it. Equipped with a five-speed manual and an engine that knocks, it also needs the driveshaft put back in. At least it comes with the car.


1987 Porsche 924 S: For $2000, this Porsche 924 is available. The Interior could use some restoration, and the car has 153,261 miles on it, so a little TLC could go a long way.


2002 Volkswagen Golf GTI: If you’re lucky enough to get a slightly larger return than the average Joe Taxpayer, and you don’t mind doing a little body work, $3995 gets you this GTI. It essentially needs a new front end after some sort of accident, but it runs.

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It’s tax season. We know, bummer. But once you’re done crunching the numbers, many of you will be expecting a check from the IRS. A quick Google search suggests last year’s average refund for an individual was around $3000. More than enough for a car! That’s where eBay Motors comes in.

If you’re seeking a summer project, you’re likely starting to shop around for used vehicles. We searched eBay for cars with a “Buy It Now” price within the realm of what many people will get as a tax refund, and chose these ten viable project cars. There’s a lot out there, though, and if you’re like us, half the fun is wasting time looking at cars on the Internet.