The 2000s might not seem too far from memory to some people, but it’s worth noting that in 2010, Tesla was still a niche EV and semi-autonomous cars were still the realm of science fiction. There have been significant advances in both automotive technology and performance since then, and some cars from earlier this decade are now rapidly approaching the bottom of their consumption curves. This means there are some bargains to make for the budget-conscious buyer, although it won’t be this way forever.
There is a surprisingly wide range of high-performance cars on the market right now that can be smart investments. The rapid rate of change from conventional gasoline engines to electric motors has led to many positive changes in the sports car market. But, as these traditional devices are getting old fashioned, the nostalgia for them will only grow, and their order prices are likely to rise accordingly. It is worth taking a closer look at the following sports cars To see if now is a good time to buy one while it’s still affordable.
8 Nissan 370Z
Nissan recently revealed the new Z sports car, the latest in its legendary lineup and perhaps the last petrol Z car ever. Up until that point, the 370Z had been carrying the torch.
While it’s true that the car was likely retired a few years earlier than it used to be, early examples of the 370Z represent great value for second-hand buyers. The cheapest cars can be had for less than half the original retail price, but if the recent price hikes for JDM cars in the ’90s and 2000s are anything to go by, they won’t stay that way forever.
7 BMW M3 E92
The original E30 M3 has seen a huge rise in value over the past few years, to the point where original examples will comfortably sell for well over $100,000. The second generation E36 hasn’t seen these price increases yet, even though it’s been a hit hard for a few years now. The E46 is another model that will likely gain in value, but is too old to be included in this list.
This brings us to the fourth generation E92. Looking at the depreciation curves of older M3s, the E92 is likely to see an additional decline in value in the short term, but in the long term it could rise significantly. It has already become a favorite among depositors and builders of project cars, so it is difficult to find examples of mint cases. If anyone could buy one now and keep it for ten or twenty years, they would likely see a good return on their investment.
6 Jaguar XK
They’re no longer at the top of the tree when it comes to making high-performance cars, but it’s easy to forget that Jaguar has made some gritty GT sports cars over the years. The XK is one of its best cars in recent memory, combining powerful power with traditional British luxury.
It will cost around $25,000 for the example used, although they can be found at a lower price. Even better, a lot of that stock used is in very good condition, making the XK an easy way to buy a British supercar without cashing in on a new F-Type.
5 Maserati GranTurismo
First things first: the maintenance and operating costs of a Maserati GranTurismo will be prohibitively expensive. The same applies to almost any Maserati, but fans of the brand will be well aware of this.
What is also true is that GranTurismo is currently sitting at a very attractive price on the second hand market considering how old it is. Prices start at around $26,000, yet it still looks as eye-catching as it did when the factory rolled out ten or so years ago.
4 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S
The Turbo S may look like a regular Porsche SUV, but it’s a more serious performance car than many buyers expect. It comes with a twin-turbo V8 that produces 500 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, bringing it to 0-60 in just 4.9 seconds.
It also comes with the practicality of five seats and decent cargo space, yet prices start at just $18,000 on the second-hand market. It won’t look quite as cool as driving a Maserati or BMW M3, but for a cheap sleeper with some serious grunt under the hood, it’s worth considering.
3 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG
As AMG owners are well aware, the brand’s cars are some of the fastest declining in value on the market. The 2010 C63 AMG can now be purchased for as little as $22,000, although cheaper examples will have a high mileage and likely require some costly maintenance.
However, buying a ten or twelve year old model is a great way to experience the joys of AMG ownership without having to incur the cost of buying a new one. Being able to work on the vehicle yourself will also help keep costs to a minimum, although servicing at a major dealership is the best way to preserve the vehicle’s long-term value.
2 Subaru BRZ
Even when new, BRZs are some of the best performing cars on the market, so it’s no surprise that buying a used one is an equally great idea. They have proven to be reliable daily drivers as well as fun weekend cars, giving the BRZ more versatility than many of the other cars on this list.
A well-used BRZ will start at around $12,000, and even with higher mileage, it tends to be fairly hassle-free. There is also the option to buy a twin of the BRZ, the Toyota GT86, because they are almost identical and just as fun as the everyday car and race car.
1 Lotus Elise
With Lotus announcing that their recently launched Emera will be their last conventional gasoline-powered car, it seems fitting to take a look at the model that saved Lotus from bankruptcy more than twenty years ago: the Elise. Combining the brand’s lightweight ethos with an excellent handling setup was a winning formula, and the Elise hasn’t changed much in its two decades of being sold.
Examples from the early 2000s would still cost more than $40,000, making them the most expensive cars on this list, but since the average price for a regular passenger car is now $45,000, it’s still cheap for what buyers get. A quick look at the graphs of sales on sites like Bring a trailer Show that the value of the Elise is already increasing rapidly, so for Lotus fans, it’s essential to get in now while Elise prices are still reasonable.
You don’t have to spend a fortune on a sports car. For less than $30,000, these 15 used models will leave most sports cars in the dust.
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