Want a car with a mid-engine layout? You don't have to fork up a bunch of money for a high-priced exotic. There are a handful of mid-engine cars you can own on the cheap. Here are some of the best.
The Fiero might not be exotic, but there's hardly anything cheaper with the engine in the middle. Plus, it looks pretty cool. has an upgraded powertrain and a sweet green paint job.
Of course the MR2 is on this list. Go on Craigslist anywhere and odds are you'll find one for about the same price as an old Miata. Plus, thanks to that Toyota reliability, you won't have to worry about dumping money into it to keep it on the road. is just $9900 right now on eBay.
Fiat X1/9s are getting harder to come by nowadays, but running and driving examples can still be found for less than $10,000 if you know where to look. For a mid-engine Bertone-designed targa-top classic, that sounds like a deal to us. that's been converted into a race car that you can own today.
The 986-generation Boxster is starting to become a bargain. Used examples with some mileage can easily be had for under ten grand, and for that, you get a super capable mid-engine track car right out of the box. right now for just $7495.
Not a fan of those 986 headlights? Luckily for you, second-generation Boxsters have also depreciated nicely. Look hard enough, and you might be able to find one below the five-figure mark. has under 100,000 miles, and you can own it for less than $14,000.
If you'd rather not have the convertible experience, high-mileage first-gen Caymans are starting to creep below the $20,000 mark as well—but you're getting a driving experience worth triple that. is for sale for just under $17,000.
For the longest time, no one wanted to own a 914. The polarizing looks used to scare people away, but these days, collectors are paying close to six figures for six-cylinder examples. The cheaper, slower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder models can still be had for relatively little money, though. is up for bidding right now.
The Lotus Esprit was built for nearly 30 years, which means there are plenty of different versions to choose from. Some are more expensive than others, but the cheap ones can be found .
If you're familiar with the used Lotus Elise market, you'll know that prices always seem to hover around $30,000, no matter the mileage. They don't get much more expensive, and they don't get any cheaper. If you buy one and keep it in good condition, odds are you'll get back what you paid. And the driving experience? Totally worth it. comes with an included hardtop, and you can own it for just under $32,000.
Looking for something with a bit more practicality? The Evora has been on sale for nearly a decade, meaning early examples have depreciated to under $40,000. They're still expensive compared to the other cars on this list, but you do get four seats and a bulletproof Toyota V-6 for your money.
The Honda Beat is a Kei car convertible only offered in Japan when new. It's now old enough for to be imported to the US, which means enthusiasts here have another choice for affordable mid-ship fun. The engine is a tiny three-cylinder with a 9000-RPM redline. on eBay right now for $8000.
Now that the AZ-1 is eligible for import into the US, it's becoming highly desirable. The car's mid-engine layout and gullwing doors combined with its tiny footprint make it a joy to drive. Prices are hovering around $10,000-$15,000 now, but expect those numbers to climb over time.
The 348 is one of the cheapest used Ferraris you can buy. It's certainly not the most iconic car to come from Maranello, but it's still a mid-engine Ferrari. That means a gated manual transmission and a V-8 behind the passenger compartment. is for sale right now for under $35,000.