I had a Ford Maverick in May of 2009 - my 1st new car - $2600 out the door with a 200 CID engine Automatic and A/C and B F Goodrich radial tires. White like the one in this picture at the top with the wheel covers on the bottom car. I wanted a Chevelle or a Cutlass but could not afford the insurance on them. The Maverick was $125/year with collision. The small block V8 would have jumped me to a $250/year cost.
I had a 1975 Vette T-top - was $5700 but it seem to rain every day that I had it and the stupid T-top leaked water on the console and the dealer made it worse every time they tried to fix the leak. I only kept it for 3 months - at 6'5" if was hard to get in and out of and I got a 75 Monte Carlo to replace it. I went thru a lot of cars before marriage ended my funding for lots of new cars.
Really, the mid to late 60's was a great time for the big three and sweet V8s. I remember my dad had a '63 VW beetle that I was driving in the late 60s while I dreamed of 396/427 Super Sport Chevelles and 427ci/425hp tri-power Vettes and 428 Cobra Jets with shaker hoods and 440 Sixpack GTXs and 426 hemi Chargers. Ah yes. The good old days!