21. Porsche 911 996
When the 996 generation of 911 debuted in 1998, most Porsche purists were shocked. Their beloved car lost one of its defining characteristics: air cooling. The reason was simple, air cooling wasn’t interesting since it could no longer cope with the rising power of the engines and demanding to engineer of Porsche cars. The engines had to go to regular water cooling, which is far more efficient.
It was so good, they used water cooling throughout history. Some say the 911s lost some appeal, but it was a smart move because it allowed Porsche to develop the car even further. Whatever the truth, the reality is the 996 is still a great car you can buy for just a fraction of the original sticker price. But if you like the flat-six engine and unmistakable 911 shape, you should look for one right now.
20. Porsche Boxster
The Porsche Boxster is one of the best used sports cars drivers can buy on a budget. For less than $20,000, and in some cases even closer to $10,000, you can get this open-top, two-seater roadster with over 200 hp, a flat-six engine, lively performance and unmistakable Porsche style. It has a nearly flawless weight distribution, thanks to its mid-engine layout, which translates into engaging and dynamic handling and driving feel.
The maintenance costs could be a bit more expensive than those of domestic sports models, but it is worth the premium since only a few cars can offer this level of driving excitement for such a low price. Since the Boxster is a common model, you will have no problem finding the right car for your tastes and your budget.