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90s Dream Cars That Are Now Totally Affordable

POR: Alex Perrone
Guy in the nineties sits behind the wheel of a car

The 1980s nostalgia is all but over, and now the 1990s are considered the classic years. If you love cars, you know that the 1990s was a rather interesting time for automobiles. In fact, one could argue that much of the 1980s and 90s were about auto companies experimenting to see what stuck.

Of course, the top-of-the-line cars, Porsche 993, Acura NSX, and toyota Supras of the world, have only appreciated in value over the years. And yet, even if you crave yourself a 90’s classic, you’ll still find a few great ones that won’t break your wallet.

10 Dream Cars From the 1990s That Could Now Be a Reality

1. Chevrolet Corvette C5

This is a version of Chevrolet’s iconic sports car that packs 350 hp under the hood. It has great handling to support its 175-mph top speed. The only knock against it would be the interior, which has been heavily criticized as one of Chevy’s lesser efforts. What earns it a spot on this list is that, at the end of the day, it is still a Corvette available for around $25,000 or less.

2. Aston Martin DB7

No, James Bond did not drive this one in the 90s. But don’t let that stop you; the Aston Martin DB7 is still a force to be reckoned with. Of course, the V-12 DB7 was not offered until the 2000s. This 355 horsepower straight-six has more than enough juice to outrace a current model-year Jaguar XK8. The best part is that it currently sits at about $43,000.

3. Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo

The 1990s Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo packs 300 horses from a 3.0-liter V6 and is able to match the more popular rival, the Toyota Supra, in every way except for price. It is currently listed at about $30,000 and is a lot easier to find than the Toyota Supra at a lower price. So, it seems like the Nissan 300ZX is due for a second wind.

4. Lotus Esprit

WARNING: Considering just how difficult it is to maintain a Lotus from any era, let alone a model from about 30 years ago, this is not what we would call a “practical” buy, even at $30,000 for the Turbo SE. And yet, there’s still no other car like a Lotus. So give into temptation if you wish!

5. Porsche 968

El Porsche 968 was the ultimate evolution of the brilliant front-engine 944. It only has a four-cylinder, but it displaces 3.0 liters and makes 236 horsepower. The 968 Turbo also comes with an upgrade to 305 horsepower, but those are much rarer and pricier. In general, 968 vehicles aren’t all that plentiful, but at the time of writing, there’s a handful under $35,000 listed online.

6. Mercedes-Benz SL600

While any recent model year V12-powered Mercedes Benz is sure to be rather pricey, looking back about 30 years, it can get you that kind of power for well around $20,000 now. Now, it will still cost you more to maintain over time, but either way, you would be behind the wheel of one of the greatest roadsters of all time.

7. BMW M3 (E36)

The first-generation BMW M3, the E30, has risen in price dramatically over the last three or so years, but its successor, the E36, is still somewhat of a bargain. That probably has something to do with U.S. market M3s being deprived of the more powerful engine offered in Europe, but it’s still a good car. There’s a reason you see so many of these on-track days. They average around $26,000.

8. Dodge Viper

You read that right: you can have your very own Dodge Viper for roughly $45,000, and that’s at the maximum. Most models, like the GTS, are pretty much collector’s items. However, it’s relatively easy to find an amid-1990 roadster for under $50,000 or even as low as $30,000. Not a bad deal for one of America’s greatest cars.

9. Porsche Boxster 986

The 90s Boxster is not the best or even the best-looking Porsche, even by 1990s standards. However, the car makes up for those two qualifiers. It is one of Porsche’s most reliable cars. It is incredibly easy to find a well-maintained mid-90s Porsche Boxster for under $20,000.

10. Mitsubishi 3000GT

Without a doubt the Mitsubishi 3000GT was one of the most interesting, technologically advanced performance cars of the 1990’s. It was the car that made Mitsubishi a true competitor against the likes of the Toyota Supra and Acura NSX. And now it’s more affordable than either. You can get behind the wheel of the top-of-the-line all-wheel-drive model 3000GT VR4 for under $20,000.

Ten totally radical 1990s vehicles that give you all that and a bag of chips. Best yet, they can race any current-era car at a fraction of the price (if you can find them). Do you think we missed any?

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