The Best Investment Cars Under $50k
The Best Investment Cars Under $50k
If you’ve been discouraged to jump into the ring of investment vehicles because of six or seven-figure entry level price points, fear not. We’ve done the market research and picked the best investment cars you can buy today for under $50,000. The cars on the list below are a few we found have a positive trajectory for investment growth, in a range of vehicle market types.
1. Porsche 911 Turbo
The 911 Turbo is not exactly rare, but is a modern classic that’s captured the hearts of many throughout the years. While the 911 is still in production today, new prices start well into six-figures, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying the thrill of driving a Porsche. Older Porsche 911 Turbos from 1975 to the early 2000s can still be bought on the market for a great value, the newer years coming in at our $50,000 budget depending on mileage and current condition. With sales showing no signs of slowing on classic Porsches, trajectories for these vehicles continues to make them a very strong investment.
2. Acura NSX
Honda created the NSX as a bid to rival some of the greatest supercars of its time like Ferrari and Lamborghini. The Honda NSX (Acura NSX in North America) was not only able to compete with some supercars, but was also pretty good at beating them. The biggest advantage? It cost a fraction of the price of the cars it was beating and didn’t come with the huge maintenance bills. It’s no surprise people back then, and even now, crave for the Acura NSX. The car is so famous Acura / Honda brought it back in 2016, but of course that is a lot more expensive than our $50,000 budget. With the resurgence in 80s and 90s vehicles, the 1st Gen NSX is still attainable and rising in value quickly.
3. Volkswagen Beetle
The Volkswagen Beetle is an iconic car that is loved and cherished by all. It was released just before the Second World War began and stayed in production for decades. The demand for the original Beetle or “Bug” has reached new heights recently with collectors swarming to get their very own air-cooled Bug. A VW Beetle in good overall condition can still cost you around $30k, but at that price point still has room to grow into a great investment opportunity.
4. Mazda RX-7
The Mazda RX-7 was the pinnacle of engineering when it first came out in 1978. The car was powered by something all-new, the Wankle rotary engine which did not use pistons for compression but rather an eccentric rotary design to convert pressure into rotating motion. It’s safe to say the RX-7 earned a high ranking place in the world of automobiles due to the unique design trait. Although the RX-7 was produced from 1978 - 2002, the third-gen RX-7 is the cream-of-the-crop made famous by movies such as The Fast and the Furious. While 1st and 2nd Gens can be found much cheaper, the 3rd Gen RX-7 can still be found under $50,000 depending on condition.
5. Porsche Boxster
The Porsche 911 was, and is, an expensive car which meant that not everyone was able to afford one. To pull extra funds into the Porsche brand, more affordable variants of vehicles are often created, like the 912, 914, and 924. In 1996 Porsche introduced another entry-level variant, the Boxster. With styling some say is a ‘ripped off 911’, it quickly became an industry favorite as the mid-engine platform handled superbly well for a fraction of the costs of a 911. The Porsche Boxster is counted as a modern classic and still in high demand as one of the most affordable Porsches you can buy. Nowadays, a Boxster in excellent condition costs around $20,000, a great price to get you into the Porsche brand.
6. DMC DeLorean
You might recognize the DeLorean from the hit 1985 movie, ‘Back To The Future’. Although the movie did a great job in piquing the interests of DeLorean fans over the years, the car was no underdog. The DeLorean was fast for its time and could excite the senses with its 130 horsepower. After the auto recession in mid 80s, DeLorean was liquidated and never released another model making the originals, at just over 6,500 produced, very rare. Owing to its celebrity status, the DeLorean costs a lot more than other classic cars. Even today one is worth around $45k and as you can find one cheaper, you’d just be sacrificing on the quality and end up spending more on parts than buying one together in the first place.
There you have it, six cars to spend $50k on! Choose wisely and make your collection worthy of awe. Are there any on the list we’re missing? What would you buy with $50,000? Let us know in the comments below and don’t forget to check our listings to see what’s new.