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Top performance car investments part one: under $25K

By Daniel DeGasperi, 08 Nov 2017 Features

Performance Cars under 25k main

We check out the most affordable five of our top 10 car investments

Not every car enthusiast can afford to invest in a Porsche 911 R. Heck, not everyone can afford to buy a house or apartment these days.

So the question is, could sub-$50,000 used performance cars work as potential investments in the future? We certainly think so.

Enter part one of our top 10 most affordable performance car investments … with the obvious caveat that the MOTOR team is hardly a group of investment banker types.


1989 Mazda NA MX-5

1989 Mazda NA MX-5Plentiful supply of this iconic first-generation roadster is a downside. However finding a good example is becoming rarer, and parts are in surplus supply for a potential restoration. Mazda reliability means the 1.6-litre rear-driver will go forever anyway. Don’t expect to become Murdoch-wealthy, but $5000 examples are already heading towards $10,000-plus.

1989 Peugeot 205 GTI

1989 Peugeot 205 GTI.jpgIn some ways the 205 GTI is the exact opposite to the MX-5. We’re not talking about the fact that the Peugeot is a French 1.9-litre front-drive hot hatchback, versus Japanese 1.6-litre rear-drive roadster, but rather supply is short and parts scarcer. However these brilliant – I’m biased because I own one, but I’m not intending to strike a Rene Rivkin-esque deal and sell it! – units have also doubled in price from $5000 for a good example, to $10,000-plus.

1994 Subaru WRX

1994 Subaru WRX.jpgWhile the Version 5 STI two-door models have already taken off in price, even a standard original-generation WRX is set to only go one way. The key, of course, is to find an unmolested – sorry, unmodified, to be polite – example of 155kW/260Nm 2.0-litre boxer turbo all-wheel drive icon. We found a 1997 Club Spec N in rally blue, with requisite gold alloys and with just 44,000km (!) on the clock, for $25,000. It certainly won’t take a tumble.

2000 Honda Integra DC2 Type R

2000 Honda Integra DC2 Type R.jpgGoodbye 1980s and 1990s, and hello early 2000s. Honda may be back with the Civic Type R, but not with a naturally aspirated engine that makes peak power at 7900rpm and not in coupe form. This front-drive weapon hasn’t (yet) soared in price, with tidy examples hovering around the $15,000 mark. But they will only go one way from there.

2000 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI Tommi Makinen Edition

2000-Mitsubishi-Lancer-Evolution-VI-Tommi-Makinen-Edition.jpgOnly 100 of these Tommi Makinen rally-icon specials were officially imported to Australia and they cost $79,990 new. The 206kW/373Nm 2.0-litre turbo all-wheel drive weapon with white Enkei wheels, Brembos and Recaros needs little introduction, but rare, unmodified examples with 100,000km-plus have been creeping towards $25,000 and, soon, beyond it.


In part two of our top 10 most affordable sportscar investments, the remaining five models will fill out the $25,000 to $50,000 bracket. Stay tuned!