The Volkswagen Corrado is celebrating its 30th birthday this year, so what better to mark the occasion if not by buying one? I’ve managed to track down a red-hot G60 model from 1991 in pristine condition. It costs a little over our target price of $5,000, but the seller mentions the price is negotiable.

Why do I find to be cool? It still looks great after nearly three decades and it draws my attention whenever I see one on the streets. This one right here has the supercharged 1.8-liter engine good for 160 horsepower, and will go from 0 to 62 miles per hour in 8 seconds – not too shabby for a mainstream car nearly as old as I am.

The Corrado had an ace up its sleeve compared to the sporty coupes that were its contemporaries: an active rear spoiler that would rise automatically at speeds of over 50 mph (80 kph). Let’s not forget the Corrado was also among the first models to use the glorious VR6 engine, which is still alive today in models such as the Atlas and the U.S.-spec Passat.

— Adrian Padeanu