From Car Buying: A few weeks ago, I asked what cars on eBay under $20k are due to appreciate in the coming years, and you replied with 10 gems that have drained my bank accounts, credit cards, and emergency piggy bank. Having said that, here's 10 more cars that could make you some real cash:
A few weeks ago, I asked what cars on eBay under $20k are due to appreciate in the coming years, and you replied with 10 gems that have drained my bank accounts, credit cards, and emergency piggy bank. Having said that, here's 10 more cars that could make you some real cash:
(Photo by Travis Isaacs on Flickr)
10. Dodge Viper
The 1st generation Dodge Viper is the epitome of an iconic car, even if is a little out of the price range as of late. It has no windows, no roof, the engine from a truck, an exhaust that burns your leg, and Power Wheels build quality. It's absolutely perfect.
9. Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40
Much to Jonathan Ward's chagrin, the FJ40 Toyota Land Cruiser is an appreciating asset, with freshly restored, low mileage examples going for north of $100,000. This one is a dependable daily driver and is a prime candidate for a light restoration. Even though the picture was taken in the rain, the car doesn't appear to have any major rust, so get it while the gettin's good.
(Suggested by nihil)
8. Alfa Romeo Series 1
(Suggested by MrTheEngineerCannotIno30charac)
7. Acura Integra Type R
Here's the only front wheel drive Honda product that will likely ever appreciate. Its low production numbers, loud colors, and stellar naturally aspirated performance make it quite the catch, if you can catch a tastefully molested example in your local neighborhood (spoiler alert: You can't). Here's one that likely won't stay in budget long, as other examples are going for upwards of $35,000. That's right -it's the same price as the NSX.
Limited production, an unmolested Type-R is quite rare and it's probably the best handling FWD car ever made. "The value of life can be measured by how many times your soul has been deeply stirred" - Soichiro Honda
(Suggested by Marky B)
6. C4 Corvette ZR1
It's a rare Corvette designed in the early 80s, with a very un-American dual overhead cam V8, with 32 valves, designed by Lotus. It had nearly twice the power output as the regular C4 Vette, and it was almost twice as much as the base model when new. This one looks to be damn near showroom condition. An awesome addition to any starter collection.
5. Pontiac Trans Am Turbo
Here's an 80's Pontiac that will actually gain in value, rather than gain rust. Sure, it's a Fire Chicken, but it's got a huge turbo and a ton of good ol' American grunt. One of my neighbors has one and all he does is burnouts with a huge smile on his face. That could be you.
(Suggested by infinityedge)
4. Ford Mustang SVT Cobra
This car is what happens when Ford comes to their senses for a generation and includes an independent rear suspension and a dual overhead cam V8 in place of the pig iron lump that the regular Mustang had. They tried this once and never went back to this configuration, and that's why this one's a keeper.
Its the 2000s edition of the supra.. 1000hp stock bottom end... feed the blower with turbos or give her a bigger blower... and a new rear end... but i'd get one as un molested as possible. "terminator"
3. Audi RS6
If you thought the Audi A6 Allroad's engine bay was cramped, this is what happens when you stick larger turbos and 2 more cylinders under the hood. It's an absolute monster, and other than the big wheels and understated bodykit, it's the perfect sleeper. They're not making any more of them and they age quite nicely, save for the occasional 5-figure repair bill.
(Suggested by sumfoo1)
2. Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4/Dodge Stealth RT/TT
This car (or cars) is a bit of a bargain, and I mean bargain. You can find pristine examples going for well under $10,000, like this clean Dodge Stealth Twin Turbo coupe. You get 320 horsepower, 6 speeds, all wheel drive, and all the smiles that Mitsubishi allowed you to have in a car in the 90s. These Japanese muscle cars are due for a comeback in a big way.
(Suggested by sumfoo1)
1. Buick Grand National
It's Big. It's Black. It's Turbocharged. And it'll twist its own frame. This (mostly) original survivor is the car to get if you're an enthusiast with 20 grand burning a hole in your pocket.
(Suggested by jsn081)
Tavarish is the founder of APiDA Online and writes about buying and selling cool cars on the internet. He owns the world's cheapest Mercedes S-Class, a graffiti-bombed Lexus, and he's the only Jalopnik author that has never driven a Miata. He also has a real name that he didn't feel was journalist-y enough so he used a pen name and this was the best he could do.