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Some of the world’s greatest sports cars can be found for under 10k.  Yep it really is true.  Today we highlight just a few. Without further adieu here are our top 5 Sports Cars Under 10k.

#1 – Mazda Miata

Mazda Miata Spec Race Car

A miracle of handling and domination on the track. The Mazda Miata is seen as a very successful car in that it sold over 1 Million units world wide.  This makes parts easily accessible at junk yards as well it has a non-interference engine which means it is effectively bulletproof.  I personally owned a few of these little gutless monsters. I currently own a 1991 race-prepared Miata for the Spec-Miata racing series. Early versions of the Mazda Miata are on craigslist all day long for under 10k and most are manual transmissions.

#2 – Porsche 944

Porsche 944 with Woman Sitting on Hood

There simply is no substitute for a Porsche.  Well built, performance tuned suspension and a dream to drive. The 944 is  budget enthusiast dream.  Built originally as a 924 race car, Porsche decided to go road-legal and name it the 944.  (Read more about this here – Wikipedia).  The 944 is a serious bit of 80’s kit and a great driver to boot.  There are a number of variants out there, but you can find base 944’s all day long on craigslist for under 10k.  Want to have the Turbo script written across the back? That will set you back at least $15k.

#3 – Honda S2000

Honda S200 Yellow At Night

Continuing our list of Sports Cars Under 10k is the Honda introduces the S2000 in 1999 and it was as if a spaceship landed on America.  A production engine that revs to 9000 rpms, 50:50 weight distribution, rear wheel drive and it has the reliability of a Honda!  What a win!  The S2000, is keeping resale values very well until just recently when S2000’s can be readily found on craigslist for under 10k.

#4 – VW GTI (Mark II)

VW GTI Mark 2

The only front wheel drive on this list, but it is a goody!  Having driven many GTI’s, the Mark II’s are the grandfather of the breed. They have lots and lots character.  Not quite as much character as the Mark I (but you’ll have to pay quite a bit more to snag a good one). The Mark II is the unseen classic at the moment and a great driver.  You can find them readily available on craigslist for under 10k and well taken care of.

#5 – BMW 325is (E30)

BMW 325is on Grass at a Marina

The granddaddy of performance and simply put the Ultimate Driving Machine par excellence. The BMW 325is sets the trend  with performance from a straight 6-cylinder engine, rear wheel drive and limited slip differential (O.G. – LSD). Many of the 325is’s are modded to an inch of death with crazy angel-eyes, lowering strings (cough.. I mean cut springs) and very strange shift-knobs (resembling non-automotive devices you might see in the bedroom). There are a few out there that remain untouched and well loved. Nicer 325is are available You will need to search far and wide for a manual transmission with LSD.

To find these and many other automotive gems like a Subaru Brat, use an app like BRZO that lets you search nationwide on Craigslist.

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