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Here are the best pre-owned sports cars on the market

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 - Front

Anyone who enters the shining halls of a used car dealer is apparently looking for a great deal. However, getting a good deal goes beyond the amount you pay the dealer. You need to assess the quality of the car, the features it comes with, and the long-term cost of ownership.


Even if you’re looking for a sleek, fun-to-drive coupe or convertible, but only have a limited budget to work with, you still have several great sports car options to choose from. When looking for a second hand sports car, you choose between everything from powerful American models to high-end European cars and JDMs designed to perfection. That said, you don’t have to splurge hundreds of thousands of dollars on a sports car that delivers impressive performance and looks great too.

Updated November 2022:We all dream of getting a sports car one day. Unfortunately, in the real world most of us need a practical, reliable daily driver. For those dreamers willing to sacrifice a bit on their daily driver, these used sports cars might just tempt you into a trade.

For this list, we found 11 used sports cars, all of which offer the best possible power figures, features and overall quality for their price range. In short, these are currently the best value-for-money sports cars on the second-hand market.

Related: 10 American Sports Cars That Will Drive You Out of Service and Repair

11/11 2016-2020 Nissan 370Z

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This Nissan shares the same performance car DNA as its older brother, the GTR, but at a much lower price. The 370Z also boasts a wide and sporty design that has aged well and is still attractive…perhaps why Nissan hasn’t changed the design in over a decade.

White Nissan 370Z from 2017
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The powerful V6 engine under the hood performs well and has an excellent reliability record. Due to its smooth driving and high-quality equipment, this car can be considered a great touring car. A used 370Z in pristine condition will run you about $28,000, and well under $20,000 for a nicely broken-in model. We’d take the latter easily because of the value for money factor.

10/11 BMW M2 from 2016

2021 BMW M2 Competition Sport Coupe
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This is BMW’s cheapest M car, but the $54,000 price tag is still a lot for most buyers. That’s still a lot of money, but it’s a steal compared to other high-end luxury sports cars.

BMW M2 Competition - Rear Quarter
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The price of this German luxury car is currently between $40,000 and $47,000. Pretty good value considering it is generally regarded as one of the best racing cars ever made.

9/11 2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye - Front
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The term Hellcat conjures up thoughts of tire smoke and drag racing, and this ultra-powerful edition of the Dodge Challenger muscle car lives up to those expectations. The 2020 Dodge Challenger is a throwback to the original model that debuted in 1970.

Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye - Rear
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It’s brash and exciting, even in its less powerful guise. Either way, the Hellcat is by far the best value for money on this list in terms of horsepower. For only $68,000 you have 717 horsepower.

Related: Dodge Challenger SRT Demon vs SRT Hellcat: Is More Horsepower Really Better?

8/11 2009-2013 C6 Corvette ZR1

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 - Front
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Arguably the best American sports car ever made. Going from zero to sixty in about three seconds and reaching a top speed of 210 mph, it will scare the hell out of a few supercar pretenders.

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 - Rear
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The C6 ZR1 was also the most expensive Corvette ever built. A 2009 ZR1 started at $103,300 and rose to $112,575 in 2013. However, in today’s used market you can get it for $70,000.

7/11 Ariel Atom 3

Ariel Atom 3 - Prequarter
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Some of you already have a great car that you drive daily, but you’ve saved enough money to buy a performance car for track days. If so, Ariel’s $30,000 track-ready monster might just be the car for you.

Ariel Atom 3 - Rear Qurter
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The 300’s engine was modified with a supercharger to increase power from 245 horsepower to 300 horsepower. In such a small car this level of performance makes Ferraris and Lamborghinis feel sluggish.

6/11 2005-2009 Mercedes Benz SL65 AMG

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The Mercedes SL is a renowned car with a heritage that evokes images of fame, elegance and wealth. Some might argue that the SL65 AMG’s 604 horsepower and 738 lb-ft of torque are excessive for a road car, but we don’t.

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Used models today cost around $50,000. The personality, engineering genius and rarity of these cars all contribute to their extraordinary value retention. These cars were never cheap in the beginning, and they aren’t now. but we think they offer incredible value for money.

Related: Here’s what the 2005 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG costs today

5/11 2012–15 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 from 2014
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The Alpha platform Camaro completed the nameplate’s shift from a heavy pony car to a light, sporty sports car. Chevy has a flair for huge horsepower engines, and you’ll find one under the hood.

2012 Camaro ZL1;  One of the best bang for the buck sports cars on the used market.
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Perhaps the best deal is the ZL1 bundle. For about $33,000you get the same 6.2L supercharged V8 engine making 580 horsepower as the ZO6 Corvette, along with poor aerodynamic and ultra-grippy tires.

4/11 2005-2014 fifth generation Ford Mustang GT

Gray 2005 fifth generation Ford Mustang
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It would be pretty hard to compile a list of cheap high horsepower cars without including the model that popularized the concept in the first place. When the 2005 Mustang was first released, it cost between $20,000 and $31,000 for the V6 coupe RWD and $31,000 for the GT premium convertible RWD.

The fifth generation 2006 Ford Mustang GT Convertible in gray
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When you consider that many of these used ponies are available for around $10,000, it’s a great option for a car that can fly under the radar most of the time and then burn tires when needed.

3/11 Porsche Caiman from 2008

Sports car Porsche Cayman S from 2006
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You will not be misled. We can have a reasonably contemporary Porsche for less than a new Camry. Featuring a mid-mounted 2.9-liter six-cylinder boxer engine producing 265 horsepower and 221 lb-ft. couple, you get an exotic design and the incredible capabilities of Porsche.

Sports car Porsche Cayman S from 2006 in yellow
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The Cayman S accelerates to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds and reaches a top speed of 171 mph. Moreover, you can have a real Porsche for just $25,000.

2/11 Alfa Romeo 4C

Alfa Romeo 4C - Front
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For decades, we all called on Alfa to make another small sports car. When they did, no one bought them. Alfa did get a little excited about their pricing, but that’s no longer a problem.

Alfa Romeo 4C - Rear
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Currently, these cars are at what we expect to be the lowest point of their depreciation curve. They were sold in relatively small numbers, so we don’t think they’ll stay that cheap for long before their value starts to rise.

1/11 Lotus Elise series 3

Lotus Elise - Side
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recently taken out of production, there are actually still some almost new models for sale. Those don’t necessarily offer the best value though, something that has been used regularly might be a better bet.

Elise 240 Sports
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First, any car that sits for too long will have more problems, but more importantly, these cars came with a robust supercharged Toyota engine that is affordable to maintain.

Sources: Bring a Trailer, CarGurus