$30,000 - $46,000
The mid-engined Lotus Esprit V8 occupies an old-school place on this list, particularly since its basic body structure dates back to the nameplate’s 1975 introduction. The twin-turbo 3.5-liter V8 introduced in 1996 was a thoroughly modern piece of engineering, however, with 350 horses hoofing to the rear wheels via a five-speed transaxle. The doorstop styling dates to the 1970s, but the V8 model’s strakes and spoilers root it thoroughly in the realm of radical ‘90s nostalgia. Finding a $50,000 – or even a $40,000 – Esprit is easy, but caveat emptor. The purchase price is but one of many financial responsibilities of Lotus ownership.