Five years ago I wrote about 5 affordable Ferraris. What a difference half a decade can make. At the time you could purchase a decent Ferrari 308 GTB/GTS for less about $30,000. Now that same car is worth close to $90,000!
Needless to say, it is time to update the list as $90,000 is only cheap to someone who can already afford a newer Ferrari. Incidentally, one of my largest regrets in my “car life” is not purchasing a 308 that I had found for $25,000.
I instead bought a Porsche 996, which is a fine car for daily use (much better than the Ferrari), but as of yet hasn’t shot up in value like the 308; and it probably never will to the same extent.
Without further ado, here are 5 affordable Ferraris for 2018.
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The Ferrari Mondial is Cheap by Ferrari’s Standards
The Ferrari Mondial is not the most loved car made by the Italian sports car maker. Thanks to this it is downright cheap by the standards of the prancing horse. Just how affordable is the Mondial? You can find plenty of examples in good condition for about the same price as a new Honda Civic.
Buying an Italian performance machine for Honda money sounds very tempting, but what is the actual cost of a cheap Ferrari?
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The Porsche 914 is One of Our Top 5 Sports Cars
When you think of a sports car, you normally think of a fast nimble car. Over the years a lot of great sports cars have been made, but some of the most popular performance cars just aren’t very fast.
Today, we are counting down the top 5 slowest sports cars. While those on our list are not all the very slowest of all time, they are the slowest sports cars that will still get you some admiring looks.
- Volkswagen Karmann Ghia: The classic styling of the Karmann Ghia gives it a very sporty look. It looks like a car that should be quick at least by ’60s standards. However, the Ghia has the same performance as the VW Type I (a.k.a. Bug)
- Delorean DMC-12: the Delorean DMC-12 is best known for its part in the movie Back to the Future. The sports car is heavy and pretty slow, but with its gullwing doors and sleek styling it looks fast. The car was so slow that it would take plenty of time to gun it to 88 mph, so the chances of traveling in time is pretty slim.
- Porsche 914: The 914 had the potential to be fast for its time. In fact in the 914-6 and even the 2.0-liter cars you got good performance. However, the straight line performance of the other variants wasn’t very good, although it was very nimble when taking corners.
- Ferrari Mondial: A Ferrari should be fast, but the Mondial was a slow sports car. It did feature the V8 engine from the 308, but in a heavier package. Still the styling is very good and everyone will just assume it is fast when they see you have a Ferrari.
- Porsche 924: The non-S, non-turbo and non-Carrera GT 924 was one of the slower cars made by Porsche. Its performance lacked mainly thanks to the Audi engine under the hood. Where the 924 did shine was in the corners with its near 50-50 weight distribution, you could take corners at very high speeds. Now getting to those speeds required a bit of work. Still it has a Porsche badge and will get you some attention at the gas station.