Yesterday we discussed the fact that many people look for a fun, two-seater weekend car. Often times they have a limited budget and will look for something they fondly remember. So, we listed two-seat vehicles that were available during the 1990s that are often forgotten but are affordable at under $20,000. Today, we continue the list.
Porsche Boxsters began being available for the model year 1997. It is the second vehicle on our list that is still in production. This mid-engine, rear-drive, two-seat, convertible is motivated by a 2.5-liter six-cylinder engine. Hagerty places 1997 models between $5,800 and $24,000.
The Mazda Miata has been the king of the affordable two-seat convertibles globally since its introduction. So, it is hard to consider it a forgotten model. However, since its launch back in 1989, the rear-drive Miata has seen constant improvement. So, the smaller first-generation car is often forgotten. For that reason, it is on this list. This roadster has been powered by either a 1.6-liter or 1.8-liter engine four-cylinder and was available with either a soft-top or a removable hard-top model. Values of 1990 base models are placed by Hagerty at anywhere from $4,400 to $26,600.
The Plymouth Prowler was a limited run vehicle. It was Plymouth’s last hoorah before they shut their doors. This Prowler was designed by a team that included Chip Foose and produced as a hot rod themed low production vehicle. The two-seater’s most striking feature was the exposed front suspension in keeping with the hot rod flavor. The rear-wheel drive vehicle was powered by a V6, had significant use of aluminum, and had a 50/50 weight distribution. Production ran from 1997 through 2002. This model pushes the “affordable” aspect of our list with valuations from Hagerty coming in $18,100 to $47,100.
In 1990, the second generation fo the Nissan 300ZX was launched. It was available as a two-seater or a 2+2 four-seater. It was produced until 1996 for the United States. Motivated by V6, this model was rear-wheel drive, had t-tops, and was a popular platform for customization worldwide. Hagerty places values for this model from $5,400 to $16,300, depending on the condition.
The second generation of the Mazda Rx-7 was produced through 1992. This two-seater was rear-wheel drive and like the 300ZX from Nissan, was also a popular platform for modification. The RX-7 was available in hard-top or convertible with a rotary 1.3-liter engine. Turbo models were also available. Hagerty has the base convertibles valued from $4,200 to $22,000.
The appearance of the Audi TT may raise some eyebrows as its first model year available in the United States was 2000. However, it was already being sold in 1999 as a 2000 model year vehicle. So, The Audi squeaks onto the list.
The TT was available as a coupe or convertible. The platform had two-wheel drive or an all-wheel drive Quattro system available. Power for the Audi came from either a four-cylinder or six-cylinder engine. A turbo was an option. Hagerty shows a range of $3,900 to $15,300 for values on these units.
This concludes our list of fun, two-seat, weekend cars that are affordable. Porsche, Mazda, Plymouth, Nissan, and Audi offer a good variety of candidates from the 1990s. This list in conjunction with our previous list, should suite almost just about all tastes.