5 Fast, Fun Cars For Half the Price of Buying New
For everyone not born with a silver spoon in his or her mouth, a cheap, fast car is the deal of a century. And it doesn’t matter if the repair bills will eventually come. You’ll still feel like you are pulling one on the system that keeps these rarified cars out of the normal publics hands.
As enthusiasts, we celebrate this fact, but not many other people know the joys, and sorrows of owning such amazing performance cars. Many don’t know where to start, what’s a good deal, and if they’re getting hooked by the sleazy used car salesman. To help educate everyone, we’ve put together a list of some of the best cheap fast cars you can buy right now. For the criteria of what constitutes a cheap fast car, we limited ourselves to only $18,000, since that’s about half of what a new car costs today. Here’s what we found.
2000 BMW M5 The 2000 BMW M5 or E39 M5 as it’s known in the BMW community, is one of the most special M5s ever built by the Bavarians. It was used in BMWs short film series, The Hire, where Clive Owen thrashed the car up and down the street with Madonna being tossed around in the back seat of the car. If you haven’t watched it, go to YouTube and watch the entire series. After that, you’ll be a fan of the car for life, and right now this particular one is being offered up on eBay for only $14,900. 1999 Chevrolet Corvette
If bratwurst and pretzels aren’t you’re thing, and you desire a bit more ‘Murica in your cheap fast cars, why not check out this amazingly clean 1999 Corvette. It has a 6-speed manual transmission coupled to a 5.7 liter V8 that develops 345 horsepower. And if you buy it for the $13,000 the seller wants, it leaves you with a lot of cash still on the table to make it even faster! It’s the perfect cheap sportscar. RELATED: Will Dodge bring a Hellcat Jeep to the party? 2006 Dodge Magnum SRT8
The Dodge Magnum wasn’t that big of a success. It had all the right options; it was a wagon, it had a big V8, and it was super comfortable, but people just didn’t seem to buy them all that much. That means when you see one of the SRT8 versions come up for sale, you might not see another for a long period of time, so you should probably jump on it if that’s the right car for you. And how could it not be. It has a 425 horsepower 6.1 liter V8 that makes wonderful noises, and the seller of this one is only asking $13,100. Now that’s a steal. 2003 Jaguar XK8
Designed to resemble an Aston Martin, powered by a mighty V8, and with all the accoutrements of a five star resort, this 2003 Jaguar XK8 is perhaps one of the greatest deals of them all. This car comes from the time that Jaguar was still owned by Ford, meaning parts are going to be cheap for when things fail. That said, you still get the sultry good looks, and the super low price of an old luxury performance car. And at $12,300, this is one fine kitty. RELATED: See what the STI could have been here. 2007 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
How could we have a cheap fast car list and not feature a rally car for the road. Originally developed to bring shame on Mitsubishi at the World Rally Championships, the Subaru WRX STI is one of the best performance bargains ever. It’s 300 horsepower 2.5 liter boxer motor coupled to the advanced all-wheel drive make this car an absolute rocket on the street. Add to that the extensive aftermarket scene for these cars and it’s one of the best cheap fast cars out there. Even when bought new. However, this one isn’t new but is now up for sale for only $17,995, just barely under our $18,000 limit. As we hope we’ve shown you above, there are countless cheap fast cars out there just waiting for you to turn their keys and destroy the open roads. From Jaguar’s to Corvette’s, cheap fast cars are everywhere, but now it’s your turn to go out and find one.