The 1990s was a golden age for sports cars. Here are some of the best.
The M3 Lightweight weighs about 200 pounds less than the standard E36-generation M3, making use of aluminum panels and the removal of many interior features. It also has a set of sweet M-colored checkered flag decals.
The Tommi Mäkinen Edition Evolution VI has one of the longest (and coolest) names on this list. It's named after the Finnish rally driver of the same name to pay tribute to his four WRC titles behind the wheel of a Mitsubishi.
While it'll always be overshadowed by the legendary F40, the Ferrari F50 remains a legend in its own right. A naturally aspirated V12 bolted directly to the chassis makes a wonderful sound, and it's connected to a real manual transmission. The best part? The top comes off.
Built to homologate Mercedes's Le Mans racing cars of the late '90s, the CLK GTR looks almost nothing like a normal CLK. It's a full racing machine underneath, with a 6.0-liter V-12 and a sequential gearbox.
Like the CLK, the Escort RS Cosworth is a homologation special, built so Ford could take the car racing in Group A rally. A high-strung Cosworth-built turbo inline-four sends power to four wheels. And who could forget that iconic rear wing?
Many people will tell you Mazda perfected its RX-7 formula in the early 1990s with the third-gen FD. Sporting a twin-turbo rotary engine, some fantastic looks, and expertly tuned handling, it remains one of Mazda's most desirable cars out there. has low miles, and you can own it.
The new Civic Type R may be what everyone's talking about right now, but love for the Type R brand in America didn't start there. The Integra was the first Type R-badged car here in the States, and it's become a full-fledged investment-level classic. painted in yellow, and it has just over 50,000 miles on the clock.
The 550 Maranello was the last front-engined V12 Ferrari to come exclusively with a gated manual transmission. That, great looks and an intoxicating soundtrack make it one of the company's all-time greats. for sale right now on eBay.
The 8-Series is a cool car on its own, but the top-level 850CSi is where it's really at. It uses a 375-horsepower version of the 850i's V12, along with stiffer springs and dampers. Best of all? You could only get it with a manual transmission.
Though the XJ220 didn't end up getting a V12, it's still arguably the coolest production Jaguar ever built. Supercar styling, simplistic turbocharging, and pop-up headlights make it a true '90s classic.
The SW20 MR2 wasn't the first or the last MR2 to come from Toyota, but many say it's the best out of the three. It's more livable than the first-gen car, and better-looking than the Spyder-only car that followed it. in great condition, and you can own it.
The 22B was the very best car Subaru offered in the 1990s, possibly ever. It featured a widebody kit, massive brakes, gold wheels, and 275 horsepower. The ultimate street-legal rally machine.
Porsche's first GT2 was produced in tiny numbers, meaning values have shot through the roof. A Riviera Blue example sold for a staggering $2.4 million. For a 20-year old 911.
A pickup truck that could beat a Ferrari to 60 mph? The GMC Syclone was a legend as soon as it hit the streets. Sure, it couldn't do much truck stuff, but does that really matter? has super-low miles, and it's for sale right now.
Replacing the outgoing Countach was no easy feat, but the Diablo managed to pull it off. Exotic looks and swing-up doors meant every kid of the '90s had a poster of one of these on these on their wall. painted in a lovely shade of green that you can buy today.
While the run-of-the-mill C4-generation Corvette has fallen out of favor for enthusiasts, the top-spec ZR-1 remains a high-priced collector's item, mainly thanks to its rarity and legendary LT5 engine. Also, it's still really fun to drive. you can own right now for under $20,000.
Prices for clean 300ZXs are starting to skyrocket, and it's easy to see why. The sweet looks and advanced tech make it a must-have for nostalgic '90s collectors. Snap one up before it's too late. is painted in red, and you can buy it today.
While we're all waiting for Toyota to drop the newest Supra, let's take a minute to appreciate the last one. Legendary for its indestructible 2JZ straight-six and rounded off looks, the Mk IV Supra will forever be known as one of the best cars to come out of Japan. is one of the few Supras out there you can buy for less than $30,000.
The Foxbody Mustang holds a dear place in people's hearts, that's why it was built for 15 years, finally going out of production in 1994. But those boxy looks and fastback profile (along with a 5.0-liter V8) are why muscle car lovers will keep coming back, and it may have been at its best in the 1990s. listed for under $10,000.
The first Viper was basically a concept car that Dodge decided to put into production. It had no real roof, no traction control, side pipes, and an 8.0-liter V10 under the hood. is a 1994 model, specced with those awesome three-spoke wheels.
What best '90s car list would be complete without the original Miata? It's a favorite among the R&T staff, and for good reason. It's reliable, cheap, good-looking, and most importantly, fun to drive. with under 10,000 miles on it that you can own.
Some people consider the sound of the F355's 3.5-liter V8 to be the best of all time. Once heard, that screaming wail is something you won't soon forget. Oh, and also, you can get it with a gated manual transmission. is painted in a lovely shade of dark red, and you can own it.
Americans have a unique appreciation of the Skyline because while it may be one of the greatest cars of the 1990s, we didn't get them when they first came out. We can import , and the R33 in a couple of years. But the R34, which is supposed to be a fantastic machine, is still a way off. We can't wait until 2024.
Even if you dropped "90s" from the title of this list, the McLaren F1 would still be on it. It's arguably one of the greatest road cars ever made, with a screaming BMW V12 and a wild center-seating position.