Top Undervalued Exotics That are Affordable Today

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Extreme, drool-worthy cars come with high price tags that are out of range for most buyers, but savvy shoppers willing to forgo newness for savings can pick up an exotic that will still turn heads and excite the soul.  While we can’t vouch for reliability, there are great opportunities to drive a supreme machine at a bargain price. 

2003 Bentley Arnage R

  • ORGINAL MSRP: $199,990
Photo Courtesy of Road & Track

Don’t tell your friends that the Bentley Arnage suffers from a mind-blowing drop in resale value.  For the price of a well-equipped Toyota Camry, you can be cruising around in one of the world’s premier luxobarges.  Be sure to thank others who took the 85% depreciation hit.  The massive twin-turbo 6.75L V-8 engine is impressive for not only its 400 horsepower but a stump-pulling 616 lb-ft of torque.  The Arnage’s refined powerplant helps move this 5,700-pound beast from 0-60 in only 5.9 seconds. We currently have the slightly older 2001 Bentley Arnage available which has a 6.8L V-8 engine and it offers the same Bentley quality luxury.  

2004 Ferrari 360 Spider

  • ORIGINAL MSRP:  $186,950
Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

If there were a dictionary listing for “exotic car,” then a picture of a Ferrari would be right alongside it. A Ferrari is an exotic car lover’s dream, but six-figure pricing can be a nightmare for budget-conscious shoppers. While some Ferraris do appreciate over time, others offer a great value as they age. The 360 offers noteworthy performance thanks to legendary driving dynamics and a throaty 3.6L V-8 that takes the car from standstill to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. This is the Spider version, so top-down driving is a bonus. Sign up for a Vehicle Alert to be notified when a 2004 Ferrari 360 Spider becomes available through Copart.

2006 Aston Martin V8 Vantage

  • ORIGINAL MSRP: $120,000
Photo Courtesy of Road & Track 

The Aston Martin Vantage has it all: supercar looks, exhilarating performance, and daily-driver suitability.  The secret is to look for models with eight-cylinder power instead of an over-the-top 12-cylinder engine. While the Vantage’s two-seat only cabin may reduce some practicality, this also helps with pricing in the used car market.  The 4.3L V-8 in this Aston Martin generates a respectable 380 horsepower and no one can ignore a sub-five-second 0-60 time. Driving purists will also appreciate the availability of a six-speed manual transmission. For something similar check out this 2007 Aston Martin V8 Vantage with automatic transmission.  

2007 Maserati Quattroporte

  • ORIGINAL MSRP:  $120,600
  Photo Courtesy of Car and Driver

The Maserati Quattroporte is a standout exotic for two reasons: gorgeous Italian design and probably the worst vehicle depreciation among any premium car brand.  Designed to compete with the Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7 Series, the Quattroporte offer a spacious, cruising experience for driver and passengers.  Compared to its German rivals, only a fraction of these Maseratis were sold, making for a rare ride that favors performance over luxury car smoothness.  Potent V-8 power just shy of 400 horsepower helps, too. This 2007 Maserati Quattroporte M139 sold earlier this year. You can use the Vehicle Finder to get notified when Maseratis are added to our inventory. 

1989 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit

  • ORIGINAL MSRP: $129,800
Photo Courtesy of AutoEvolution.com

No list of affordable exotic cars would be complete without a Rolls Royce.  Of course, bargain hunting for Britain’s best means having to go back a few years.  So this 1989 Rolls-Royce Silver Sprint is the only car on our list from the previous century.  Unlike its high-powered Bentley Arnage cousin that uses twin turbochargers on the same 6.75L V-8, this naturally-aspirated engine produces a modest 220 horsepower.  The Silver Spirit’s gentle acceleration matches a gentle price that’s common among classic Rollers. Older Rolls-Royce models sell fast so keep an eye on our inventory with Vehicle Finder and Watchlist to never miss new Rolls-Royces added to inventory.  

2005 Chevrolet Corvette

  • ORIGINAL MSRP: $51,445
Photo Courtesy of Road and Track 

Who doesn’t like cheap horsepower?  This situation is especially the case with sixth generation (C6) Corvettes.  2005 marks the first year of the Vette’s new design, but collector-car appreciation has yet to kick in.  In other words, it’s a bargain.  At the same time, the relatively simple design of Corvette mechanicals and easy parts availability makes for low-cost remedies should something go wrong.  The 400 horsepower LS2 engine still relies on overhead valve (pushrod) technology, so there are fewer things to go wrong here, too.  You’ll find C6 Corvettes to have some of the lowest costs-per-horsepower of any exotic. Take advantage of our Watchlist feature so you don’t miss when this Black 2005 Chevrolet Corvette goes to auction. 

2000 Porsche 911 Carrera

  • ORGINAL MSRP: $65,590
Copart Photo

Not matter if you pronounce it “porsh” or “por-shuh,” a Porsche 911 is an exotic car that is ideal for twisty country roads or navigating grocery store parking lots. Its willing engine and strong driving dynamics invite owners to take it just about any paved surface. These characteristics help keep resale value robust so some patience and careful research is important. The fifth-generation 911 (or 996 in Porsche internal language) marks a sweet spot for enthusiasts thanks to contemporary styling and a powerful 300 horsepower flat-six engine. Be prepared to deal with the troublesome IMS bearing (this transfers power to the wheels) when taking on this Porsche model as a project car. See if this Carrera 2 has what you’re looking for.  

1994 Dodge Viper RT/10

  • ORIGNAL MSRP: $55.200
Copart Photo

Some exotics become noteworthy simply for being outrageous. The Dodge Viper RT/10 certainly meets this description: brazen horsepower encased in an equally flashy exterior and not much else.  Sophisticated technology like traction control and anti-lock brakes are substituted for brute strength.  The Lamborghini-designed 10-cylinder monster was factory rated at 400 horsepower and pushed the Viper from 0-60 in about four seconds. This venture arguably launched Chrysler’s (now Stellantis) pursuit of stuffing extreme engines into seemingly ordinary vehicles. Try your hand at fixing up this manual transmission Dodge Viper when it goes to auction. 

2007 BMW M6

  • ORIGINAL MSRP: $99,100
Photo Courtesy of Car and Driver 

You may ask, “What’s so exotic about a BMW?”  And that’s a fair question, even for an “M” edition. But the second-generation M6 is special:  it’s the only two-door M to have a potent V-10 engine under the hood.  Making 500 horsepower, the M6 could hit 60 mph from a standstill in 4.5 seconds. As is typical with most German supercars, jaw-dropping vehicle depreciation creates an outstanding bargain for the right buyer. Keep an eye out for similar inventory like this 2008 BMW M6 Convertible you may get an incredible deal.  

*Disclaimer: Our inventory is constantly changing. Vehicles mentioned in this blog may no longer be available.

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