Affordable 1990s Dream Cars

Many great 1990s cars, like the Porsche 993, Acura NSX and Toyota Supra, have skyrocketed in value over the last few years. But there are still bargains to be found. Here’s a celebration of these amazing ‘90s cars that we can splurge on without breaking the bank.

BMW 8-Series

The car debuted at the 1989 Frankfurt Motor Show and was introduced a year later under the E31 model code. It was only available as a two-door coupe and was powered by V8 and V12 petrol engines. The 8-Series was the first road car to offer a V12 engine with a 6-speed manual transmission and was one of the first vehicles to be fitted with an electronic drive-by-wire throttle. Unfortunately, it was discontinued in 1999 due to poor sales. Today’s cost ~ $10,000.

Ford SVT Mustang Cobra

The Ford SVT Mustang Cobra, also known as SVT Mustang Cobra, SVT Cobra, or simply as Cobra, is a muscle car built 1993 through 2004 by Ford Motor Company’s Special Vehicle Team (SVT) division. The SVT Cobra was a high-performance version of the Ford Mustang, considered top-of-the-line as it was positioned above the Mustang GT and Mach 1 models during its era of production. On three occasions, the race-ready, street-legal SVT Cobra R variant was produced in limited numbers. The SVT Cobra was succeeded by the 2007 Shelby GT500. Today’s cost ~ $12,000.

Mazda RX-7 (FD)

The Mazda RX-7 is a sports car that was manufactured and marketed by Mazda from 1978 to 2002 across three generations, all of which made use of a compact, lightweight Wankel rotary engine.

The RX-7 made Car and Driver magazine’s Ten Best list five times (1993-1997) and more than 800,000 were manufactured over its lifetime. Racing versions of the RX-7 were entered at the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race, where they saw some success but mostly failures. Today’s cost ~ $30,000.

Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1

The original ZR-1 was a technological masterpiece. It featured a 32-valve quad-cam V8 – the only overhead-cam engine in Corvette history. This sports car was produced between 1983 and 1996. There were several special-edition Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1s that were produced – from a yellow convertible that raced in the Indianapolis 500 race in 1986, to cars honoring this masterpiece for its 35th and 40th anniversary. Today’s cost ~ $30,000.

Aston Martin DB7

The Aston Martin DB7 was produced by British luxury automobile manufacturer Aston Martin from September 1994 to December 2004. The car was available either as a coupe or a convertible. The prototype was completed by November 1992 and debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1993. This model was the highest produced Aston Martin automobile ever, with more than 7,000 built before it was replaced by the DB9 in 2004. Today’s cost ~ $30,000.

Lotus Esprit

The Lotus Esprit is a sports car built by Lotus Cars at their Hethel factory in the United Kingdom between 1976 and 2004. It was among the first of designer Giorgetto Giugiaro’s polygonal “folded paper” designs. Gone were the flowing, rounded curves of previous iterations, replaced by flat surfaces and razor-sharp edges. After a 28-year production run a total of 10,675 Esprits were produced. Today’s cost ~ $20,000.

Dodge Viper

The Viper was in production 1991-2017, with a brief pause of 3 years (2010-2013). Chrysler, the parent company, considered ending production because of serious financial problems, then chief executive Sergio Marchionne announced and previewed a new model of the Viper for 2012. In 2014, the Viper was named number 10 on the “Most American Cars” list, meaning 75% or more of its parts are manufactured in the U.S. Some models, like the early roadsters and the GTS, are becoming pricey collector’s items, but you can still find some that are affable. Today’s cost ~ $30,000.

Porsche 966

The Porsche 996 is the internal designation for the 911 model manufactured from 1997 to 2006. Hollywood custom car builder Eddie Paul modified a 996 model as one of a set of three vehicles for Pixar’s 2006 Cars promotional tour. The vehicle is currently held in the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany. There’s also a 966 Porsche Police car. A car search in 2007 lead to the seizure of the vehicle. It was redecorated in two-tone police blue with a wing, light bar, and rear window lights. It was unveiled in 2009 as a Hoover Police Department police car and has appeared at various public events. Today’s cost ~ $16,500.

Which car would you like to own? Or is your ‘90s dream car not on the list? Let us know in the comments – we’d love to hear from you.

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