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Nostalgic Sports Cars That Are Somehow Inexpensive Today

Cameron EittreimSeptember 29, 2021

Honda Prelude
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9: Honda Prelude

The Honda Prelude was a popular model in the Honda lineup for decades. The design hasn’t changed much over time. But for the price, you can’t beat a car like the Prelude. The naturally aspirated motor propels the Prelude with ease. The unique design of the car still has a roomy interior, which is different from a sports car (via Car & Driver).

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The design of the Prelude was inimitable and much different than many other cars from this era. The reliability and engineering that went into the Prelude made the car stand out from the crowd. To this day, the Prelude is incomparable, and you can find one for a reasonable price tag. With a little work, the Prelude can be one of the best driving used cars on the road.

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8: Dodge Stealth R/T

Surprisingly enough Dodge had a winner on their hands in the 1990s. The Dodge Stealth R/T was based on the Mitsubishi 3000GT. The twin-turbo-powered performance was a tremendous change from ordinary Chrysler products. Because the Stealth is a relatively unknown performance car, resale prices are also lower. Almost all the parts are interchangeable with the 3000GT, which makes repairs straightforward (via Car & Driver).

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In many ways, the Dodge Stealth R/T is a better-looking car than the Mitsubishi variant. It has that signature Dodge Gril and Chrysler styling. The Stealth R/T performs well, and for the price you can’t beat the amount of power you get. Few cars have been as iconic as the Dodge Stealth R/T.

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7: Ford Mustang GT

The SN-95 Mustang is probably one of the most underrated sports cars of the 1990s. The styling wasn’t as well-received as you’d expect, but the SN-95 is indeed a Foxbody Mustang. With all the perks that come with a fixed Mustang. The 5.0 V8 is exceptional, and the interior is enormous (via Mustang Specs).

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You can find an SN-95 Mustang for far less than a lot of other Mustang generations. The remarkable thing about the car is the vast amount of parts readily available to turn the SN-95 into a modern drag car. The design will never be replicated, and the car stands out from the crowd.

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6: Subaru SVX

There were only 24,000 Subaru SVX models ever built. The unusual sports car is one of the rarest on the road. The performance is unmatched for the time period, and the unique styling is something that you seldom see. But the cheap price that you can find an SVX for makes it an appealing project car (via Curbside Classic).

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There was a lot to be liked about the SVX, from the power plant to the styling. There aren’t many sports cars that look as extreme as this one. But you can have a unique sports car that will be more unique than anything else on the road. There are also many enthusiast groups dedicated to the SVX.

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5: Mercury Cougar

The early 2000s Mercury Cougar was sort of a last-ditch effort for Ford to revitalize the Mercury brand. The car had everything going for it, including the styling. But it lacked in the performance department, which let a lot of buyers down. The styling was also on the feminine side, which was done on purpose by Ford (via Cars.com).

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The problem is that the original buyers of the Cougar were alienated and the car stopped selling. The new age Cougar went on for a few years before cutting the car off altogether. Eventually, the Mercury brand was disbanded, and the Cougar is now a thing of the past. But you can still find one for a low price and enjoy its nostalgia.

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4: Porsche 968

Much like the Porsche Boxster, the 968 was also an icon of the 1990s. The styling of the 968 is unlike almost anything you’ll encounter on the road. The style and the feeling of the car are unlike any other Porsche on the market. The hatchback design and the V8 engine both make the 968 a welcomed addition to the Porsche heritage (via Edmunds).

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Another remarkable thing about the 968 is, of course, the price tag too. You can find one of these for a low number. With the optional V8 engine, the 968 is a stand out sports car with a lot of potential. At the end of the day, you have to remember that the 968 is indeed a Porsche inside and out.

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3: Ford Probe

The idea behind the Ford Probe is that it would replace the Ford Mustang. The reality was far from that, and the Probe became a distant memory. But for the price, you can’t go wrong with the 24V version. Especially in the final years of the Probes life cycle, the design was modern, and there was a lot going for it (via Repair Pal).

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There are few sports cars that will perform and drive like the Ford Probe. Weird name aside, the Probe is far different than many other sports cars on the market. The interior is cheap but does the job, and the Probe definitely has that ’90s Ford feeling to it. For the price, you can turn the Probe into a decent sports car.

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2: Acura Integra

The Acura Integra is one of the best used sports cars you can buy. For the price, you get a high-revving four cylinder engine and an honest driving characteristic that can’t be beaten. The Integra doesn’t look like anything else on the market. The design is unique, and the performance is more than adequate for daily driving (via Motor Trend).

Honda Motor Company - 1994 Acura Integra
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The Integra is one of the most stolen cars in the country, but if you invest in an alarm, it will be fine. Honda put some of the best research and development into the Integra, and it became an iconic model. With naturally aspirated performance and legendary reliability, the Integra is still a good sports car.

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1: Scion TC

The Scion TC was released after Toyota had stopped selling the Celica sports car. The design was youthful and modern simultaneously. The four-cylinder engine is high revving and does the job well. From a design perspective, the interior for the Scion TC is still relaxed to this day. The rear seating has more than enough space for passengers or kids to jump in for a quick ride (via Car and Driver).

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There is an abundance of aftermarket upgrades that you can buy for the TC. All of this combines to make a very attractive sports car that you can get for next to nothing. The Scion TC competes well against the Honda Civic SI and you can save a lot of money with the Scion TC.

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