Ballin’ On A Budget: These Former Big Dollar Machines Are Now Selling For Family Sedan Prices


Ballin’ On A Budget: These Former Big Dollar Machines Are Now Selling For Family Sedan Prices

(By Tom Lohnes) – Depreciation is a beautiful thing to car enthusiasts. It lets them buy cool cars that were once over $100,000 from the factory, can now be in your hands for less than $60,000. The best part is, all of these cars are still on the market for you to buy new today. If you don’t mind a few extra miles on your car, these are the ones for you.

Starting with a legendary car that almost everyone can appreciate, the R35 Nissan GT-R. The GT-R is powered by a 3.8-liter, Twin-Turbo V6 that makes anywhere from 490 horsepower all the way up to 625. The GT-R is All-Wheel-Drave and even the slowest model can do 60 in 3.2 seconds. The base price of a GT-R nowadays is $113,540, for a base premium making 560 horsepower. But, if you are willing to sacrifice 20 horsepower, you can have the keys to a 2012 GT-R for as low as $52,000 with 29,000 miles. The GT-R’s engine is also very mod-friendly and people are pushing them over 1000 horsepower pretty easily.

If the GT-R is too obnoxious and expensive for you, try the BMW M6. With a 560 horsepower, 4.4-liter, Twin-Turbo V8, a dual-clutch transmission, and rear-wheel-drive, The M6 is a hoot to drive. And it is especially fun considering the M6 started at $113,900 last year, but a mechanically-identical 2013 model will only put you back $33,998. This particular M6 has 42,000 miles and dad says it likely has reliability issues.

Our last entry is the most surprising out of all of them. The Aston-Martin Rapide is a 4-door Sedan that houses 4 seats and comfortable suspension, but also a monster of a 6.0-liter, naturally aspirated V12, also known as the double-duratec. This V12 is essentially two 3.0-liter Ford Duratec V6s put together to make a V12. The Rapide used to start at over $200,000, but now can be found as low as $44,000 for a loaded one.

Take that, boring family sedans.


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3 thoughts on “Ballin’ On A Budget: These Former Big Dollar Machines Are Now Selling For Family Sedan Prices

  1. Brash

    I love the idea of a second or third hand R35 GT-R. But check the maintenance requirements. The 100,000km service requires the plasma bore linings to be re-sprayed. I reckon I could sell my house and still not have the spare cash to pay a Nissan mechanic to do that…

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