There’s something very tempting about cheap cars from luxury brands. And the idea of tricking others into thinking you’re rich is an obvious motivator for buying them.
Many luxury sedans and sports cars that cost tens of thousands of dollars a few decades ago still offer gorgeous designs and unbelievable build quality – but for a fraction of the price. There’s even a saying that earlier cars were built to last.
For example, you can find a used Rolls-Royce for less than $10,000. Of course, it’s not going to be new or modern, but it still is a Rolls-Royce! So, in this list, we’ve compiled 10 cars from expensive luxury brands that are actually going for extremely low prices.
10 2000 Porsche Boxster – $6,000
The Boxster concept was introduced in 1993 and the final version was on the market in 1996. Not only is it a beautiful and agile roadster, but it’s also probably the cheapest Porsche sports car you can buy today. Nowadays, you can find yourself a pretty good example for under $6,000.
The M96 engines in this model weren’t reliable, but that is the reason for such a low price. Moreover, it’s Targa-top. So, getting a Targa-top Porsche for just a few grand is something that’s really hard to believe.
9 2008 Infiniti G35 – $4,000
Some say that Infiniti is just a more expensive Nissan. But these same people say that Lexus is just a more expensive Toyota too. Well, Infiniti is practically a Nissan, but that’s a luxury brand and you can expect much better engines, higher performance, and higher quality materials used inside and out. People, who owned both Infiniti and Honda, mentioned that Infiniti has way more features, better sound insulation, more powerful engines, etc. Infiniti G35 is a modern luxury compact car for about $4,000.
8 Jaguar X308 – $3,000
Many people know Jaguar as “dream cars.” The ones that are way too expensive to both buy and maintain. The last real Jaguar was the X300 – it had almost the same looks, but only offered inline-six and V12 engines. However, an updated, more modern version came out in 1997 – the X308. This model had some minor exterior changes, a totally revised interior, and all six-cylinder engines were replaced with V8s. The latter versions had some issues with gearboxes and the interior space was way too cramped for such a big car, but it is gorgeous to look at and lovely to drive. And yes, you can buy this cool Jaguar for only $3,000 now.
7 2005 Maserati Quattroporte – $12,000
The badge and the looks tell that it should cost at least $40,000, but you can get this Maserati for a price of a used Toyota Camry. There are a few reasons why you can buy a relatively modern luxury sedan for just $12,000, the biggest one probably being high maintenance costs. This model does have various small issues, which can cost a few grand to fix. However, it’s still a gorgeous luxury Maserati for just 12 grand.
6 2004 Porsche Cayenne – $5,000
The very first Porsche SUV is now cheaper than the old VW Touareg or Mercedes-Benz ML. The Cayenne is a big and luxurious SUV and a great way to stand apart from the crowd. It was praised for its excellent handling and great power that connects to either a manual or an automatic transmission – just what a Porsche needs. And you can find a well-preserved pre-facelift model for $5,000
5 1985 Rolls-Royce Silver Spur – $11,000
This piece of art is not for everyone. It has a huge 6.8-liter V8 engine, a 3-speed automatic transmission, and it weighs about 2,3 tons. You can’t do 0-60 mph in quicker than 10 seconds, and, considering its engine size and fuel consumption, that’s a bummer. However, it was all about the build quality and comfort in the ’80s. But it’s still a Rolls Royce and almost anyone can buy it for $11,000 now.
4 1987 Jaguar XJS – $8,000
Ahh… The XJ-S. Just imagine cruising in this luxury grand tourer down the road and admiring the view of an ocean next to it. Jaguar XJ-S is considered to be one of the most beautiful and true Jaguars ever made, because it has this land yacht design, refined Jaguar engines, and top-notch materials in both interior and exterior. Just put some love into maintaining it and the XJ-S will reward with the best driving experience ever. And all that for just a few grand.
3 1986 Maserati Biturbo – $2,000
Knowing that early Maserati design solutions weren’t the most attractive on the market, it’s surprising how they’re still one of the most exotic car brands. Old Maseratis didn’t look any better than an average Ford or Rover, but they had some astonishing interior designs and crazy engineering. For example, the Maserati Biturbo is the first road-legal car to have two turbos fitted in it. Even though that was a wild feature back then, no one really admired it too much. It is rather ugly and very unreliable. But yes, you can buy this Maserati for just $2,000.
2 2005 Lexus LS430 – $3,500
In 1989, Lexus introduced their very first car – the Lexus LS400. It was made to compete with such models as the BMW 7-Series and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. And it did that very well because Lexus offered a fantastic 4,0 V8 engine, great comfort, and lots of options – all for a pretty low price.
After a few years, it appeared that this engine is phenomenal because of its reliability and quietness. A new engine was introduced in the early 2000s – a 4,3 V8. It was almost the same engine, but a little bigger and modernized. These Lexus models go from about $3,500.
1 1997 Mercedes-Benz S-Class – $3,000
This Mercedes is widely known as the best Mercedes ever. Although its design is a bit outdated now, these are still going strong. W140 was built to last and even Mercedes-Benz stated that his car is “overengineered”. That’s because over one billion dollars was spent to create it. All engines are great, reliable and chassis is very comfortable. Sadly, the biggest issue is rust. But you can still find some great deals on the market from $3,000. By the way, don’t expect good mileage!
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