If you are really serious about old and cheap how about the Argus C3. They are Bakelite with a lot of shiny chrome- really a Deco industrial design piece. You will stand out in a crowd. The 1950's & 60's models had a coated f/3.5 three element lens. They sell for $20 to $50 in the US. The C4 and C44 ( poor man's Leica) are upgraded models with f/2.8 & a few interchangeable lenses are available. They cost about $75 in the US. I would avoid the C2 and early C3s with uncoated lens unless you are after a retro look. Also avoid the C3 Matchmatic with an exposure value system rather than f stops. Everyone should use a C3 sometime.
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