Serious fun cars that you can buy for less than $20k
Let’s say you are a car enthusiast on a budget. There’s one area of car ownership you really want a specialist car for and you have just $20,000 to spend on it. What to get? We set ourselves only two hard and fast rules for our search - it had to be bought for $20,000 and it had to be as new as possible; that way even the mechanically inept can join in the fun. Here are our five picks for enthusiast vehicles for $20k. We welcome your suggestions for other possibilities, but remember to stick to the rules! produced here, because the UK company couldn’t keep up with demand.
Not only does the Exocet have the more modern looks of something like an Ariel Atom, it also can take two full-size adults and, because the donor car is a first or second-generation MX-5, it’s also brilliantly affordable. Kits start at $12,500. Throw in a cheap MX-5 donor car and you could have a complete, road-legal trackday fun car for easily under our $20k cutoff.
Okay, so the JX comes with power steering, a CD player and, um, a fuel gauge as standard equipment, but it has a seriously rugged 4WD system, complete with low ratios, a proper ladder chassis and a nuggety little 62kW/ 110Nm 1.3-litre petrol engine that is more than willing to dig deep and pull the Jimmy’s minuscule 1060kg curb weight across pretty much anything. should be able to score a thirdgeneration NC model. While this is actually the fattest, least exciting MX-5, it’s still an MX-5. And the fattest and most unexciting MX-5 is still a million times more invigorating and involving than most other cars.