You can buy a lot of performance for $10,000. Whether you're looking for straight-line speed or something to carve canyons, there are tons of options out there that can put a smile on your face for less than five figures.
My choice? Well, my $10,500 E60 M5 comes close, but for under 10 grand, I think I'd go for an E36 M3. Manual coupes can be reliably found in good condition for well under $10,000, and come with a host of sweet features perfect for an enthusiast on a budget. Keep up with maintenance, and you won't have to worry about much going wrong, either.
Now we'd like to know: What's a legitimately fun car you can buy for less than $10,000? It doesn't have to be something sporty like the M3—it could be entirely different. Your choice just needs to be easily buyable under $10,000, and put a smile on your face. Let us know in the comments below.