Not everyone has the millions of dollars you need to buy the most expensive supercars in the world, but there are some automotive bargains to be found if you want to drive a car that makes you look like you need to be rich to be behind the wheel.
Believe it or not, there are even second-hand Rolls-Royces that wannabe millionaires can buy without breaking the bank; all anyone else will see is the iconic Spirit of Ecstasy figure on the hood. If sports cars are more your style, vintage models from manufacturers like Ferrari and Maserati are cheaper than many people would expect.
10 Jaguar XJS
The Jaguar XJ-S was first launched in 1975 and was around for 20 successful years before production came to and in 1996. By that time Ford had acquired the Jaguar brand and had changed the name of the sporty and stylish grand tourer to the XJS, minus the hyphen.
Jaguar has always been one of the most desirable British car manufacturers, with new models costing upwards of $40,000. However, Jaguar XJS models from the 1990s are up for sale for less than $15,000.
9 Bentley Turbo R
Second only to Rolls-Royce in terms of prestige and price tags, Bentley is another British car manufacturer that has a reputation for creating sophisticated vehicles. Fewer than 10,000 Bentley Turbo R models were made between 1985 and 1997, and yet drivers on a budget can still find second-hand cars for sale at a surprisingly reasonable price.
Driving a second-hand Bentley is an easy way to convince others that you have a bit of money, and the brand even carries some cachet with younger motorists thanks to regular appearances in rap videos.
8 BMW M5 E39
The BMW M5 is the high-performance version of the classic BMW 5 Series and has been in production since 1984. The design and engineering of the executive car have changed and developed over the last 35 years, but the BMW M5 E39 model, which was made between 1998 and 2003, is considered to be the high-point of the vehicle’s history.
However, these models are all-around a quarter of a century-old by now, which means drivers can find themselves driving a luxury BMW for as little as $20,000.
7 Porsche Boxster
Another German vehicle that instantly bestows an image of wealth and prosperity on the driver is the Porsche Boxster, a two-seater roadster that was launched in 1996. Porsche is one of the most iconic automotive brands in the world, yet most drivers would opt for the classic Porsche 911 given the choice.
This probably explains why second-hand Porsche Boxster models from the late-90s and early 2000s have sold for prices as low as $5,000, despite boasting iconic Porsche styling and a top speed of 152mph.
6 Fiat Dino
The Fiat Dino is probably not the most attractive car on this list, but it is still an Italian sports car, designed by automotive legends Pininfarina and later models were even assembled at the legendary Ferrari plant at Maranello. The reason for this close connection with Ferrari?
The Fiat Dino is powered by a Ferrari Dino V6 engine, hence the name of the Fiat knock-off. It might be the closest that some drivers get to owning a Ferrari, but gearheads know that the Fiat Dino has a surprisingly impressive pedigree.
5 Maserati BiTurbo
Maserati might not be in the same category as Ferrari and Lamborghini, but they are still an Italian company that makes luxury cars, including sports cars like the Maserati BiTurbo. This four-door grand tourer was in production between 1981 and 1994, an era when boxy cars were all the rage as opposed to today’s sleek, curved lines.
The BiTurbo is still a Maserati, however, and it also boasted a top speed of 134 mph. Drivers on a budget can even pick up a second-hand model for as little as $6,000 if they want to look richer than they are.
4 Lotus Elise
British car manufacturer Lotus has been building innovative sports cars for 70 years, and one of their newest models is the Lotus Elise roadster, named after the daughter of then Lotus chairman Romano Artioli in 1996. The Elise may look like a supercar, but even a brand-new model will only set you back $50,000.
Motorists who are willing to shop around for a cheaper second-hand model can enjoy the pleasure of getting behind the wheel of a stylish British sports car for just $15,000.
3 Ferrari Mondial
Most drivers will assume that buying a Ferrari is going to be well beyond their financial means, which is certainly the case for new models like the $215,000 Ferrari Portofino or the $1 million Ferrari Monza. However, not every Ferrari comes with a giant price tag.
The Ferrari Mondial was a mid-engined grand tourer that was produced in limited numbers between 1980 and 1992. The Mondial is one of the cheapest options for motorists who want to look rich by getting their hands on a genuine Ferrari.
There aren’t many proper vintage vehicles that are within the financial reach of everyday folk, but one sure-fire way to make others think that you have a few dollars in the bank is to buy an antique automotive from the early days of the industry.
The Pierce-Arrow Model B dates from the 1930s, so the chances of finding a model in top condition may be slim, but if you do manage to track down a second-hand vehicle you might be surprised at the reasonable price tag.
1 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit
The crème de la crème of the automotive world, Rolls-Royce is a British company that has been making luxury town cars and limousines since 1904. A new Rolls-Royce will cost upwards of $230,000, so any car with that famous Spirit of Ecstasy figure on the hood is going to make passers-by think that driver is loaded with cash.
Some Rolls-Royce models from the 1980s and 1990s are surprisingly cheap if you want to try and trick people into thinking you have money, with second hand Silver Spirit models costing just $7,000.
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