26 Awesome, Expensive Cars You Can Now Buy for Less than $20,000

We won't pretend they'll be reliable, but they sure are a lot cheaper than they used to be.


We won't pretend they'll be reliable, but they sure are a lot cheaper than they used to be. Here are some of the best formerly expensive cars you can buy for $20,000, according to you.

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Audi RS4

If you want to own an RS4, you'll have to settle for a used one since Audi doesn't sell the new version in the States. But that's not necessarily a bad thing considering how good the old one is. A naturally aspirated V8 combined with a six-speed manual will make your all-weather dreams come true. for sale on eBay right now.

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Lexus IS-F

A lot of the cars on this list are cheap buy because they're extremely expensive to maintain. The Lexus IS-F is different. It's basically a V8, rear-wheel drive Toyota, meaning reliability and maintenance costs are in your favor. painted in a beautiful blue color, and can be yours.

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BMW M5 (E39)

The E39-generation M5 is arguably the greatest driver's sedan on Earth, and yet, sorted examples can be had for a fraction of the car's original costs. Maintenance is a concern, yes, but considering what you get for your money, we think it's well worth it. can be yours for under $10,000.

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BMW M5 (E60)

Though it may not be as much of a pure driver's car as the E39, its successor, the E60, is still a gem. It has a naturally aspirated V10 making 500 horsepower through an optional six-speed manual transmission. One of our editors even bought one. with just over 108,000 miles on the clock for sale now.

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Porsche 911 (996)

Thanks to the 996-generation 911's polarizing looks, it isn't as sought after as the rest of the 911 range. While that might not be great for owners, it is great for potential buyers. For pennies on the dollar, you can buy a competent track car or a capable weekend cruiser—if you can put up with the looks, that is. listed on eBay for just under $15,000.

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BMW Alpina B7

When the first modern Alpina 7-Series hit our shores, it carried a price tag just north of of $84,000. Nowadays, 2007 and 2008 models can be had in the mid-teens. Just make sure to inspect the wheels before buying—they cost several thousand dollars each to replace.

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Bentley Arnage

It's big, it's long, it's heavy, it's powerful, and it's full of all the most luxurious features that existed in the late 1990s. The Arnage has also been hit with some serious depreciation, which means you can tell people you own a $200,000+ Bentley for less than what it would cost to buy a base model Toyota Camry.

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Bentley Turbo R

Like the Arnage, the Bentley Turbo R was also a $200,000 car when it first debuted. It was much more athletic than the Mulsanne Turbo, which meant it had a bit of handling to go along with its powerful engine. These days, the pride of the late 1980s can be had at more than a 90% discount. , listed for $19,000, is a great example.

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BMW 850i

Everyone deserves to own a V12 at least once in their lifetime, and considering what the BMW 8 Series is going for these days, it means V12 ownership is available to almost anyone. Along with that V12, you also get a classic design that's never going to look dated and a grand tourer that was built back in BMW's golden age. You could still road trip one of these across the country in comfort and style... as long as it doesn't break down on you. for sale on eBay right now.

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BMW 760Li

Still offering a BMW V12 but in a much newer package is the 760Li. BMW's flagship from the mid-2000s wasn't the best-looking sedan the brand ever put out, but you can forgive a car's looks—and maybe even iDrive—when you feel the power of its 6.0-liter V12. listed on Los Angeles Craigslist for just $7000.

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Cadillac CTS-V

The current Cadillac CTS-V starts north of $80,000, but the first-generation CTS-V will run you much, much less. It won't be quite as powerful, but it will handle well, and it's hard to complain about 400 horsepower. If you do some careful searching, you can even find a handful of them available for less than our $20,000 price cap.

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Cadillac STS-V

The Cadillac STS-V is not nearly as athletic as the CTS-V, but boy will it cruise comfortably. With the upgraded interior, you'll be rolling in luxury, and you'll also have that supercharged Northstar V8 making 469 horsepower to use any time you need a little excitement. Sure, you might look like you're headed to the Piccadilly, but you'll be able to get there really, really quickly. , and you can own it for just $15,000.

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Jaguar S-Type R

If you want an E39 M5 but don't have the money to buy one, the much more affordable option is the Jaguar S-Type R. It also has close to 400 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque, and even though it won't be quite as nimble through the turns, it'll probably be more comfortable on a road trip. Plus, it's got that timeless Jaguar design that's always going to look classy. is listed for sale right now.

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Jaguar XJ Supercharged

Take the old XJ8, stretch the wheelbase, bolt on a supercharger, and what do you have? The XJ Super V8. It made nearly 400 horsepower out of its 4.2-liter V8, and its aluminum construction made it light. What would have run you close to $90,000 when new can now be had for $15,000 or so if you find the right one.

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Jaguar XKR

The Jaguar F-Type is one of the most beautiful cars on the market right now, but it also starts at $65,000. Even all these years later, the Jaguar XK is still absolutely gorgeous. Its supercharged V8 makes plenty of power, and even better, you can sometimes even find these cars .

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Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged

A supercharged Range Rover is a wonderful thing. In fact, it's an amazing thing. You get the utmost in luxury paired with the ability to go almost anywhere, as well as more power than anyone driving an SUV would ever need. It will run you at least $100,000 to buy a new one, but if you're brave enough, you can easily find a supercharged Range Rover .

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Maserati Quattroporte

Driving an exotic is an amazing experience. Sure, you could buy a Mercedes S-Class or something like that, but it's never going to feel quite as special as the Maserati Quattroporte. The sound of its Ferrari-sourced V8 is worth half the cost of entry alone. Plus, while you'll have to look to find one for less than $20,000, they are out there. listed for just $13,700.

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Maserati Spyder

It's not quite as gorgeous as the current GranTurismo, but the Maserati Spyder still looks fresh all these years later. With the top down, you'll be able to listen to that 4.2-liter Ferrari-sourced V8 sing. Most of them are going to be over the price limit, but if you hunt around, you can find a few that fit the bill. on sale for just under $15,000.

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Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG

Seeing several AMG models available for less than $20,000 wasn't really much of a surprise. What was a surprise was that there were several CLS63 AMGs available in that price range. For perhaps the best-looking example of the "four-door coupe" design, that's an absolute steal.

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Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG

Depending on how heavily-equipped you want it, the W220 S-Class is a bargain at quite a few price points. You would think that the top-of-the-line AMG version would still command quite a bit more than $20,000, but this super sedan can be had with a little hunting for less than that. Classic proportions and a sledgehammer under the hood for Honda Civic money? Oh yeah. Even its successor, the W221, .

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Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG

If you're looking for an AMG Mercedes but don't want a sedan, it's possible to lose a few doors and even the roof while still getting the AMG experience. You'll have to downsize your engine, but we doubt anyone driving around in an SL55 AMG is going to feel too slighted, especially on a sunny day when you can drop the top and enjoy the wind in your hair.

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Porsche Cayenne Turbo

Porsche producing an SUV sounded like heresy at the time, but the Cayenne turned out to be excellent and has made the company a lot of money over the past few years. Like the 911, the Cayenne got the Turbo treatment, making more than 400 horsepower. New ones will run you more than $100,000, but early used versions can easily be found for less than $20,000. has 118,000 miles on the clock, and can be yours.

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Porsche Cayman S

The hardtop version of Porsche's Boxster might not be quite as prestigious as the 911, but its mid-engine design makes it an absolute pleasure to drive. With the price of used 911s in the stratosphere right now, if you're looking to pick up a Porsche sports car on a budget, the Cayman or the Boxster are probably going to be your only options. Luckily, the stellar Cayman (and even the Cayman S) to fit the bill.

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Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit

Very few people will ever ride in a Rolls-Royce much less own one. For far less money than it has any right to cost, you can put a Silver Spirit in your driveway. Much like the Bentley options, the Silver Spirit cost an absurd amount of money at the time, but thanks to high maintenance costs, depreciation has been ridiculous over the years.

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Volkswagen Phaeton W12

When the Phaeton was introduced, the United States wasn't ready for a Volkswagen that cost more than $50,000, and sales were slow. Despite low sales numbers, the car itself was an excellent example of engineering. If you want a car that's truly special, skip the V8 and head straight for the W12. and still amazing.

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Rolls-Royce Silver Spur

If you'd love to own a Rolls-Royce at one point in your life, but you look at the Silver Spirit and feel like it's too small, the good news is, you aren't out of options. Rolls-Royce anticipated just such a situation and made sure to produce a longer version called the Silver Spur. The extra legroom didn't do much to stop the depreciation, though. It's scary these cars are today.

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