Got an itching for speed, fun and performance on the road? Good, because even today, in this hard scrabble world of hefty fuel prices, an out-of-control IRS, and a breast-less Angelina Jolie, there are sports car opportunities to be had. In fact, there are at least ten fine used sports cars that can be had for less than $10,000 a pop according to KBB.
Many of the ten cars on the list are about ten or 11 years old, which is just about the average age of a car on America’s roads these days. The 2003 Ford Mustang Mach 1, priced at $9968, has (had) a zero to 60 miles per hour speed of 5.3 seconds and handles corners in a manner that will have you remembering that cars can be fun from the front set as well.
The 2000 Corvette Hardtop Coupe, $9900, is the ride to chase if you cannot afford a brand Vette. An additional bonus to this particular 345-horsepower Corvette is that it was only made for two years, so the odds of you seeing another on the road are not great.
My favorite sports car on the list is the 2000 BMW Z3 2.8 Roadster, $9864, which marks the German automaker’s return to the roadster business. This gorgeous four-cylinder, two-seater roadster boasts exquisite control, though not as much power of many of the other cars on the list.
The 2002 Chevy Z28 Camaro, $9554, owes its coolness factor to its standard V-8 engine, which is a throwback to the era of American muscle cars. This particular V-8 is capable of churning out 310 horsepower and 340 lb-ft. of torque.
The 2001 Porsche Boxster, $9353, is a modern sports car featuring a 2.7-liter flat V-6 boxer engine. Its top speed is 155 miles per hour, while it car reach 60 miles per hour from a dead stop in less than seven seconds. It is the most fun ride on the list.
The 2000 Honda S2000, $9278, may shock some since it is indeed a Honda. However, there is no denying that this fun little car was fast and fun and tremendously responsive due to its engine being mounted behind its front engine. Wow.
The cute 2004 Mazda MazdaSpeed Miata MX-5, $8952, is more than a chick car. It is a respectable sports car due to 178 horses, sports suspension, and six-speed tranny.
Meanwhile, the 2004 Acura RSX Type S, $8637, a car that carried my ex-wife away, is a fine choice for those who are looking for a sports car they can tune up to meet their own needs and dreams. With its stiff shocks and springs and 200 horses, the Acura RSX still is a fun sports car.
The 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX sedan, $8051, was first made for European and Asia-Pacific markets. However, after being such an award-winning and popular success, Subaru introduced it to the U.S. marker a few years into its life. This 227-horsepower sports car also gained a fine-level of fame by being featured in the Gran Turismo video game (a game that has hurt my thumbs like no other).
Fun. Fun. And Fun is the best way to describe the 1996 Nissan 300ZX Turbo. Costing now around $7787, this is the perfect choice for people who know how to drive a sports car. Sporting a 3.0-liter V-6 that pumps out 300 horses it is fast, fast, fast. Also, thanks to its innovative, active suspension, the 300ZX Turbo handles like Michelangelo’s chisel in a block of granite.
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