The 500E was the big boy when it came to midsize luxury sedans in the 1990s. The interior was modern but it was its performance that took the car to the next level. There are very few cars that can compete with what the Mercedes-Benz 500E has to offer. That’s why the value of this car has been maintained after all this time (via Motor Trend).
As more collectors flock toward these 1990s Mercedes models, the price for a well-equipped 500E will only rise. The car had bulletproof reliability and a style that still looks good today. One of the new fads in the car world has been to rehab these older luxury cars, so time will only make the price higher.
The XJS is often a forgotten sports car as Jaguar has lost their way in recent years. But there was a time when the XJS was the pinnacle for the British automaker. The beautiful two-door coupe was also available in a convertible and the styling has held up after all these years (via Car Survey).
When you take a look at the XJS, you automatically feel the car is just elegant in every way. The styling is top-notch, and the look and feel of the car are way above what you’d expect. You won’t find another car like the XJS on the market and prices will only rise as these cars become rarer to find.
The C4 Corvette is undervalued when it comes to the Corvette lineage. This Vette has a one-of-a-kind style you just don’t see anymore. The same goes for the performance that comes from the tried-and-true LT1 motor. You still see plenty of the C4 Corvette models on the road and the price is seemingly affordable for what you get (via Car Survey).
But after the C5 becomes unattainable, the C4 is only going to rise in value and this car will take an arm and a leg to buy. You will want to get a C4 before the price skyrockets because this car is a great deal. Many special-edition models have come and gone, and the LT1 is an amazingly simple engine to work on.
The Phaeton is not your Mother in Law’s Passat, because this car was hand-built with a purpose. We’re not sure why Volkswagen decided to build the most delightful luxury car ever, but they did. The Phaeton is a Bentley in every sense of the word and many components are shared with the Bentley GT (via Top Gear).
The Phaeton was a slow-selling car and thus there isn’t a lot of them on the market. But every inch of this car was hand-built in a special factory and the amount of luxury is truly amazing. The Phaeton will become a collector’s item very soon even though you can still find one for a great price.
The Arnage was at one time the pinnacle in terms of the Bentley lineup. The car was featured in dozens of music videos and movies, and with good reason. With the popularity of new Bentley models, the Arnage has managed to come down in price, but the car still offers a compelling value (via What Car).
Not only is the Arnage draped in luxury but the car also offers a notable level of performance. For a relatively small amount of money, you can add a few modern touches to this car and have a wonderful luxury vehicle. You’ll find that the Arnage will remain steady for a few years, so now is the time to buy.
The DB7 is another sports car from a time long ago that offers great value. You’ll notice that these older Aston Martin cars still have modern styling. The DB7 is a car that still gets looked at today and the styling is timeless. Aston Martin put a lot of effort into the performance of the DB7 (via Car Survey).
This car performs like you’d expect an Aston Martin to perform with excellent off-the-line quickness. The sound that the DB7 emits is unlike anything else. There is truly a different quality of driving when you get behind the wheel of a DB7, which is why the car has remained popular.
Another well-known car from the 1990s that is fun to drive is the Mazda 929. Although the sedan didn’t sell particularly well, it offered a lot of value for the price. The car had a great engine and the drivetrain was easy to work on. The interior was also well-appointed for the time with lots of luxury features for the price (via Cars.com).
The 929 is going to get more expensive as time goes on, but that’s alright because the car is worth it. The performance and the style of the 929 make it a winning combination. The Mazda engineering from this period was top-notch and the cars were not only comfortable but also fun to drive.
The Q45 is a large sports sedan that doesn’t always get the credit that it deserves. Its beautiful styling coupled with the top-quality interior made it a great value. If you’ve ever driven one of these. then you will know right away. The Q45 is seemingly undervalued for what it is and that’s alright for buyers (via Consumer Reports).
You won’t find a better car for the price and the value will slowly rise as time goes on. This was a V8-powered sports sedan, which is hard to come by these days. The Q45 was not a great selling car for Infiniti and the car remains largely unknown when you see one for sale.
The Stealth is a car that you don’t hear about all that much, partially because it was not marketed heavily. This was a badge-engineered version of the Mitsubishi 3000GT. That is a good thing because you get twin-turbo performance and style for half the price in most cases. The Stealth is still a beautiful car to this day and comes with many great features (via Driving Line).
The Mitsubishi engineering has made the car age like fine wine and it drives very nicely. The performance of this car is on par with any of the other expensive Japanese twin-turbo-powered cars from this era. That doesn’t mean the Stealth will stay cheap forever, though, as prices for this car are already starting to rise.
The Audi S4 is another great car that has come out of the Audi lineage. The compact design is comfortable and yet contained no matter what type of road you are driving on. Added with the performance of the stellar engines and the seemingly subtle reliability, you have a car that will last and look great for years (via The Truth About Cars).
Most consumers don’t want to acknowledge the Audi S4 is a better deal than comparable BMW models. The unique look and feel of the car only add to that. You can tell the price of the S4 will only rise as more people figure out the car is a great value and still fun to drive.
The 4C is another well-known sports car that needs no introduction. It offers great driving characteristics for the price. The Alfa Romeo 4C is one of the first new cars to have the legendary automakers badge on it. That doesn’t mean the car is outdated, though (via Car & Driver).
Naturally, the fact that this is a modern Alfa Romeo is going to make the price go up dramatically. The car has a beautifully sculpted interior and exterior that only makes it a pleasure to look at. The noteworthy design of the car coupled with its one-of-a-kind performance makes this a legendary offering.
Aston Martin as a brand has always maintained a strong reputation for being a great driving machine. There is also something that is sort of elegant about the cars when compared to anything else. The Vantage takes this to the next level with beautiful styling and a timeless design that still looks awesome today (via Motoring Research).
If you’ve always wanted to drive an Aston but didn’t want to spend hundreds of thousands on it, the Vantage can be a great entry-level car. The styling is still beautiful, and there were many high-end luxury features packed into the Vantage, which make it attractive for most buyers.
The A4 takes everything that’s great about the Audi lineup and puts it into a compact package. The A4 has a welcoming interior and several features that make it notable. The interior was fairly modern and the car doesn’t feel as small as it actually is, which makes it present a comfortable driving experience (via Car Gurus).
The A3 is by far one of the most notable Audi models to hit the market in a while. The older models are popular with enthusiasts and prices will increase as these cars become more sought after. You can’t go wrong with the unique styling and the one-of-a-kind design of the car. Because it’s an Audi, its performance and driving experience are top-notch.
The Audi lineup has always presented drivers with something different. There’s no other car on the road that will feel quite like an Audi does. The A6 from this generation is a bargain right now, because the price will only go up as time goes on and the car offers a great value (via New Car Test Drive).
Not only was the A6 luxurious to drive but its performance was great too. This is an Audi model so repairs can be expensive, but the consumer feedback for this car is generally positive. If you want to ride in something comfortable that offers great performance for the price, you can’t go wrong with the A6.
The 850CSI is another sports car that has piqued the interest of buyers in recent years. Once considered one of the worst BMW models because of all of its electrical faults, the car still has excellent performance. The 850CSI was indeed the BMW supercar of its generation and there’s a lot of heritage that comes with that (via Motor Trend).
If you can get one in good condition, the car offers decent performance and luxury for the price. The body style is still attractive, and the car doesn’t seem like it has aged all that much. The interior is also quite spacious, considering this is a two-door, but when you get behind the wheel, you will feel like you’re piloting a rocket.
What is it about the 525i that has made the car so popular? Well, the BMW engineering and the fact that this generation of the car came with an optional V8 engine. To get V8 power in a sedan that small in size made for a fun driving experience and collectors are starting to realize that (via Cars Guide).
All of a sudden, this generation of the BMW has become more sought after than the previous cars, and that means the price will only rise. The 525i offered a lot of luxury for the period and continues to offer a lot of advancements. The car was fun to drive and stylish at the same time while maintaining a reasonable resale value.
The original CTS-V was a breath of fresh air for the brand as it introduced Corvette power to an otherwise sedate car. The CTS-V was a hot seller for GM and managed to stay on the market for a long time. The performance of the CTS-V is still competitive today and there are many upgrades for this car (via Motor Trend).
The CTS-V model was offered in several different styles over the years but the original is still the most fun to drive. For the price you just can’t go wrong with the exceptional build quality and off-the-line performance. The CTS-V is by far one of the most exceptional sports cars in quite a while.
There was a time when the 600SL was the headliner in the Mercedes-Benz lineup, and with good reason. This car was a performance beast. The build quality of the 600SL was also far ahead of its time as this car has many tech features that you still see today (via Car Gurus).
The 600SL has remained a seemingly affordable option on the used car market but you can bet that the value of these cars is only going to increase. Classic Mercedes-Benz models are becoming harder to come by and this one has a one-of-a-kind look that very few cars have.
The IS200 has long been a popular car since the early 2000s and its stellar build quality and decent performance were behind that. The IS200 was never going to win any races but that wasn’t the point of the car. Lexus had introduced the model as an entry-level offering to bring more customers into dealerships (via Consumer Reports).
That doesn’t mean that the IS200 is a bad car because with a stick shift it is quite the opposite. As with most Lexus products, the high-quality build and reliability are major selling points. As time goes on and more people want to reminisce about the 2000s, this car will only get more popular.
The Cayenne was a popular model for Porsche from the first day it hit the market. It turned out people did want a Porsche SUV after all. The Cayenne has continued to be a successful model in the lineup but original models are relatively cheap when you consider the performance the car has (via Car & Driver).
As these early 2000s examples start to become collector’s items, you’ll see the price gradually rise. But if you want something fun to drive and has some of the best performance on the road today, you can’t go wrong. The first-generation Cayenne is an under-appreciated example of fine engineering.