20 Surprisingly Affordable 1990s Dream Cars

Get these before their prices climb.


Many great 1990s cars, like the Porsche 993, Acura NSX and Toyota Supra, have skyrocketed in value over the last few years. But there are still bargains to be found.

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BMW 8-Series

The original 8-Series is a wonderful GT car that you can now buy for a tiny fraction of the price of a new one. V-8-powered models can routinely be found , but if you want the mighty V-12, you'll have to fork up . And be prepared to outlay extra cash on maintenance.

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Ford Mustang SVT Cobra

The SVT Cobra was one of the most badass cars you could buy in the '90s. Luckily, prices remain low, meaning you can get with a bunch of new parts for less than the price of a new Mitsubishi Mirage.

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GMC Syclone

A pickup truck that could outrun a Ferrari to 60 mph? Of course people wanted to own the Syclone when it was new. Today, they can be had for under $40,000 with ease. Just be warned, it doesn't actually make for a very good pickup truck. for sale on eBay right now.

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Mazda RX-7 (FD)

Though the FD-generation RX-7 is worth a lot more than any of its predecessors, it's still relatively affordable when compared to something like a Mk.4 Supra. Prices are only going up, though, so you better grab one quick before they become out of reach. is listed for under $30,000.

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Nissan Skyline GT-R

Nissan didn't sell the R32-generation GT-R stateside, but now, they're over 25 years old, and legal to import. Prices have gone up since they first became eligible for importation, but are still reasonable (for now). up for bidding right now.

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BMW M5 (E39)

The E39-generation M5 was introduced to the US market in 1999, and remains one of the best cars BMW has ever made. It has a perfect balance, great looks, and a wonderful V-8 under the hood. Clean examples can still be found for less that $20,000. for sale right now.

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Lexus LS400

The Lexus LS400 may not sound like a dream car to some, but the combination of comfort, stately looks, and ultimate reliability make for one seriously appealing package—especially considering you can find them on Craigslist for under $10,000 all day long. with just 103,000 miles on it for $4000.

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Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 (C4)

The original ZR-1 was a technological masterpiece. It featured a 32-valve quad-cam V-8—the only overhead-cam engine in Corvette history—and adaptive dampers long before they became commonplace. Today, they're shockingly cheap with tons of examples under $30,000 (). To be fair, that's C5 Corvette money, but the ZR-1 still makes a strong case for itself.

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Toyota MR2 Turbo

Sad that 1990s Supras are expensive? Consider Toyota's other performance car of the era, the MR2 Turbo. Today, turbo version of Toyota's midship runabout are getting somewhat harder to find, but closed eBay listings indicate they're still available for under $10,000. That's not a ton for an excellent mid-engine chassis with tons of tuning potential. is listed for $12,500 on eBay right now.

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Aston Martin DB7

Shockingly, you can get an Aston Martin DB7 for well under $30,000 if you look hard enough. The V-12-powered DB7 Vantage wasn't introduced until the 2000 model year, but the 355-hp straight-six that came with the car originally should provide plenty of fun. If you're on a tighter budget, you could pick up the DB7's close sibling, the Jaguar XK8.

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Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo

Unlike the beloved Toyota Supra, prices for the Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo have remained fairly reasonable. You can find one in fantastic shape for around $20,000, and there are plenty of decent examples that cost less. With 300-hp from its 3.0-liter V-6, the Turbo Z is a legitimate performer too. for just under $19,000.

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Chevrolet Corvette (C5)

For around $15,000 or less, you can get your hands on a C5 Corvette, which is an incredible value. This is a 175-mph car with a near-bulletproof 350-hp V-8 and good handling to boot. Sure, the interior wasn't Chevy's best effort, but it's a fair trade. on eBay right now for $14,000.

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Lotus Esprit

Buying an older Lotus Esprit probably isn't a good idea, but there's really nothing else like it. Unlike competitors like the Acura NSX and Porsche 964, Esprit prices have stayed in the $20,000 to $30,000 range, but budget a lot for maintenance. Owning an Esprit might be a headache, but there's nothing else quite like it. .

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Porsche 968

The Porsche 968 was the ultimate evolution of the brilliant front-engine 944. It's only got a four-cylinder, but it displaces 3.0 liters and makes 236 horsepower. The 968 Turbo made an impressive 305 horsepower, but those are significantly harder to find. In general, 968s aren't all that plentiful, but .

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Mercedes-Benz SL600

V-12-powered Mercedes-Benzes are incredibly expensive when new, but you can get a 1990s SL600 for well under $30,000 now. Of course, it'll probably be costly to maintain, but hey, you'll be driving one of the finest grand touring roadsters of the era. for sale, and can be yours.

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BMW M3 (E36)

The first-generation M3, the E30, has risen in price dramatically over the last three or so years, but its successor, the E36, is still somewhat of a bargain. That probably has something to do with US-market M3s being deprived of the more powerful engine offered in Europe, but it's still a good car. There's a reason you see so many of these at track days. listed for just $6000 on eBay right now.

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Dodge Viper

It's amazing how much Dodge Viper you can buy for $40,000. Some models, like the early roadsters and the GTS, are becoming pricey collector's items, but look hard enough and you can probably pick up a mid-1990s roadster in the $30,000 range. Hell. We've even seen them for $10,000, though don't expect greatness at that price. Not bad for one of America's greatest cars. listed for under $34,000.

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Porsche Boxster (986)

Prices for air-cooled 911s have gone totally stratospheric, but the first Boxster is still incredibly affordable. Sure, it's not Porsche's prettiest car, and there were some quality issues early on, but it's got a fantastic chassis and enough power to exploit it. It's possible to find a good one for under $10,000, which seems like a steal. has low miles, and you can own it.

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Porsche 911 (996)

If you can't stand the thought of owning a Porsche that isn't a 911, don't worry: The 996-generation 911 can routinely be found for under $20,000. up for grabs on eBay now for just $16,500.

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Mitsubishi 3000GT

The 3000GT was one of the most interesting, technologically advanced performance cars of the 1990s, and yet, it's a bargain compared to competitors like the Toyota Supra and Acura NSX. Even the top-of-the-line all-wheel drive 3000GT VR4 can .

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