The $10,000 Used Sports Car Question

Scott Benjamin

A Porsche 911 Targa (AP Photo/Nathan Bilow)

If you're reading this post, I'm guessing that you probably have a particular sports car that you've dreamed about parking in your own garage someday. Who hasn't lusted after a Ford GT, a Saleen S7, a Lamborghini Murcielago or a new Corvette ZR1? Sure, it's good to dream big, but each one of those cars is valued at more than $100,000 (more than $500,000 for the S7). The sports cars that I want to talk about today are a little more within reach for most of us: used sports cars priced at $10,000 or less.

My pick of a sports car that's valued at (or below) $10,000 would be one that's in need of a little TLC to return to the road. I'd go with a 1970s Porsche 911 -- with a whale tail, of course. I've always loved Porsche's classic 911 design. And I know (from experience) the power and road-grabbing capability of a well-tuned, well-balanced 911. Yeah, I'm aware that for $10K I'd probably be looking at dented bodywork, a shredded interior and maybe even some serious engine repair; but that would be one fantastic car to bring back to life, wouldn't it? I'm not ready for a complete basket-case -- that's a little too much for me to handle right now -- but a (mostly) complete car that needs work? You bet.

So, now it's your turn. And remember, there's no right or wrong answer here. Everyone has their own opinion. If you had $10,000 to spend on a used sports car, what would you choose, and why?

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