Affordable sports cars exist for one reason – to offer all of their splendor to those of us that usually can’t afford luxury cars, supercars, or even top tier muscle cars. Japanese roadsters offer superb handling, quick revving and genuinely fun drive, but they aren’t the only ones. Domestic cars can be affordable too, and offer all of this at the same time as well. Heck, even German cars have been known to become affordable if you’re patient enough to wait before buying them. What’s more, all of them can become laughably cheap over time.
And while their prices drop considerably, their performance remains more or less intact. You won’t pay much for them and nothing will hold you back for it. You’ll be able to squeeze out the most of them without feeling guilty about forcing them too much. This is why cheap used sports cars can be a fine investment. You can drive them until their their soul leaves their body and move on to the next one. Here are ten such affordable sports cars to choose from. Oh, and only one nameplate per manufacturer to keep things fair. And, no Mazda Miata. It’s getting seriously boring. Not the car’s driving dynamics which are hellishly fun, but its inclusion on every single related list. Consider this the honorable mention.
Fairlady has always been one of the best sports cars that offers fun driving mechanics and great performance. While 370Z still keeps its price being the current model and all, Nissan 350Z is already quite affordable. Produced between 2002 and 2009, it can be found for much less than $10,000 if you’re willing to go with pre-facelift models. Regardless of choice, 3.5L V6 is what always comes with it, and so do almost 300 horses. Transmission, however, depends on the model year. Pre-2006 models were fitted with 5-speed automatics, while newer 350Z’s come with 6-speed automatics.