Thinking about breaking into the world of stage rally? You're going to need a car best-suited for the job. Here are some of the best choices.
Turbos may be nice, but for beginners, most sanctioning bodies prefer you start off naturally aspirated. Being able to learn momentum driving and left-foot braking is key before moving onto bigger power.
The 240SX is famous for being a fantastic drift car, but it also makes for a pretty good rally car too. Its balanced chassis and flickability mean its easy to learn how to carry speed on dirt. Plus, who doesn't love a RWD car off pavement. for sale is incredibly clean and original.
While E30 prices continue to skyrocket, it's becoming more apparent the E36-generation 3-Series is actually the car to race. With some mods, it makes for a solid rally machine. is on sale right now for $12,000.
The BRZ, FR-S, and Toyota 86 are fun pretty much anywhere. But they're especially fun on a closed course, preferably one where it's easy to slide around. With a standard limited-slip differential, you'll have no problem learning the ins and outs of car control on stage. right now for $16,500.
The last-generation Focus doesn't get much love, but in the rally community, its one of the stars. A light chassis that's easy to learn on and improve is perfect for beginners and veterans alike, which is why so many racers own them.
An old Porsche may seem like a strange choice for beginners, but the 944 is cheap and balanced enough for most new drivers to handle. Parts may be a little harder to come by, but we think it's worth it for all the tail-out fun. has under 40,000 miles, and you can own it today.
First- and second-generation Ford Escorts are some of the most popular vintage rally cars in Europe. They're eligible for import via the 25-year rule, which means people are starting to rally them on this side of the pond too. If you're looking for a good time on dirt, the Escort is the car for you. up for bidding now.
Getting into a wreck in stage rally is inevitable. Whether you clip a tree or slide into a ditch, it'll happen sooner or later. If you want to drive something disposable, consider the Geo Metro. They're quirky, lightweight cars that are easily replaceable. needs a bit of work, and it's for sale on eBay now.