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If you are looking for a rear -wheel drive (RWD) car priced under $10,000, you are definitely aware that you will need to look for an older model. To provide a usable list for as many readers as possible, we are going to offer a couple of luxury examples, as well as a few sports cars, and an old-school land yacht. In order to come up with a fair market retail price, we used KBB.com and cross referenced with NadaGuides.com. We even went so far as to look at a few old Consumer Reports articles to make sure you are being offered a solid list of options.

Cadillacs under $10,000

Luxury first. Cadillac offers several solid under $10,000 RWD options. The first is the CTS. You can buy a base model 2004 Cadillac CTS with the sporty 3.6L engine and 100,000 or fewer for $9,200. If you want a larger, family friendly car, you can find a 2004 Cadillac Deville with a power sunroof and a responsive 4.6L V8 and 100K miles for $7,500.

Lincoln Town Car

When you think Lincoln, you automatically think Town Car. A base model Town Car does not provide the luxury feel that you should get from a Lincoln, so we priced out the Signature Series trim level. You can find a 2005 Lincoln Signature Series featuring a great 4.6L SOHC engine and 100,000 miles for $9,700.

Mazda Miata MX-5

If you want to combine a responsive engine with low curb weight, the Mazda Miata is the perfect car for you. All trim levels of the MX-5 feature a 2.0L engine that produces 166 hp. While that may seem low, you have to keep in mind that this car only weighs 2,500 lbs. We decided to price out the Grand Touring trim level because it features the fun to drive 6-speed manual transmission. You can find a 2006 Mazda Miata MX-5 GT with fewer than 100k miles for $10,000.

Ford Mustang

The Ford Mustang has been defining the affordable sports car since the 1960s. Restyled in 2005, the Mustang is again topping sales charts in its category. You can find a 2006 Ford Mustang Premium with less than 100K miles for $10,000. Stepping up to the 2005 Ford Mustang GT will set you back around $11,000. The larger, more responsive V8 in the GT is definitely worth the extra grand. If you finance the car for 48 months, the GT would only cost $25 a month more than the Premium, so it doesn’t hit your budget as much as you may think.

1970s Chrysler New Yorker

To many readers the Chrysler New Yorker invokes images of the small car of the 80s and 90s; however, in the 70s the New Yorker was the land yacht among really big cars of the era. It was also a low-priced luxury car, well, luxury 70s style. Let’s look specifically at the 1972 Chrysler New Yorker Brougham. It featured a 440 cu in V8 and could comfortably seat seven. The feel of the car can only be described as floating on air as long as you never wanted to make a sharp turn. You can find a 1972 Chrysler New Yorker Brougham for $5,300 or less depending on its condition.

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