1. Nissan 350Z/370Z

Available as a coupe or a roadster, the Nissan Z is a sports car legend in an affordable package. The handsome front engine rear-wheel drive car has a potent V6 engine and limited slip differential as standard equipment. This feature makes it safe to drive hard and a favorite drift car. There are plenty of models to choose from with average prices in the $10,000 to $15,000 range.

There is an enormous aftermarket support for this model, which means that you can easily tune and customize your 350 Z in any way you want. In 2008, Nissan introduced the 370Z, a restyled and slightly more powerful version with updated mechanics and an improved interior. It is still in production and it is more expensive on the used car market.

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