4 Classic Sports Cars You Can Actually Buy on a Tight Budget

It’s time for your heart’s desires to be fulfilled. If you never thought you could afford the sports car you dreamed of as a teenager, you might be surprised. Some of the most incredible classic sports cars are now more affordable than ever. If one of these beauties was in your dreams and on a poster in your teenage room, now you can make those dreams come true.

The C3 Chevy Corvette is one of the most attractive classic sports cars you’ll see

This red C3 Chevy Corvette is one of the most iconic and affordable classic sports cars you can drive
C3 Chevy Corvette | Wiki Commons

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The long curves, beautiful lines, and low-slung stance gave the C3 model of the Chevy Corvette the style that we love. According to Car and Driver, this car is easily recognized and often makes people turn their heads to see it on any road.

There are some models of this Corvette you won’t want to buy; the dreaded California model comes to mind. But an early 1980s Corvette with the 5.7-liter V8 engine gives you everything you desire in a classic sports car. This version of the Corvette was common enough to be affordable when you’ve got a tight budget.

Price Range: $8,000-$33,000

Do you have your eye on a Porsche 944? Your budget could fit this sports car

This white Porsche 944 is one of the classic sports cars you can buy on a budget
Porsche 944 | Wiki Commons

Only a few of the Porsche models in history can fit into some tight budgets. Thankfully, the Porsche 944 is one of them. This is one of those classic sports cars you don’t often see but can certainly admire.

This is an attractive car from the 1980s that delivers a 2.5-liter straight four-cylinder engine. The engine sits in the front which is a bit of a switch for this brand. Early 944 Turbo models offer 30 more horsepower than the standard versions, giving you a bit more fun in the budget-friendly sports car you want to drive.

Price Range: $9,000-$24,000

Is the Nissan 300ZX one of the classic sports cars you’ve dreamed of buying?

Black Nissan 300ZX parked by the beach
Nissan 300ZX | Wiki Commons

The Nissan 300ZX was the mid-1980s version of the classic Z-car, and it could be one of the cars you can buy with a tight budget. The first version of this model showed up in 1983 and came with a three-liter engine that delivered 225 horsepower. This was a good power number for the decade.

The 300ZX was fast in a sprint race, fun to drive, and came with the choice of either an automatic or five-speed manual transmission. If you’re looking for an affordable sports car with the benefits of electronically controlled dampers, this is the car you want to drive.

Price Range: $3,900-$25,000

The Mazda RX7 Turbo is one of those classic sports cars many still desire today

White Mazda RX7 parked
Mazda RX7 | Wiki Commons

You won’t spend a lot to buy one of the classic Mazda RX7 Turbo models, but you’ll get the rotary engine and a classic sports car that delivers impressive power and speed. If you’re willing to live with the challenges of the rotary engine, this Mazda is the car you want to drive.

Most models of the RX7 have a twin-rotor 1.3-liter engine that produces 180 horsepower. Later models came with the 13B engine that increased the power to 200 horses and eliminated the turbo lag associated with many early turbocharged cars.

Price Range: $5,000-$15,000

Will one of these classic sports cars find a new home in your garage or driveway?

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