Cars are a funny thing. Unlike your house or your clothing which you cannot exactly fake, the magic of depreciation means that some seemingly “rich people” cars can be had for crazy low prices. Sure, you’re still going to pay some eye watering maintenance fees when the transmission eventually destroys itself, but until then you can enjoy looking like a baller for the price of a Toyota Camry. Car people will know how much your ride is worth, but you might be surprised at the response from the average Joe on the street. That being said, let’s get right into the video.
The 1st gen Boxster, the 986 generation is now 21 years old, introduced in late 1996. Despite its age, it doesn’t necessarily mean that most people are going to know. With a sleek sports car body style, a mid-engine layout and that coveted Porsche badge, you could look right at home turning up to the golf course next to a brand new Ferrari. You might be surprised by how little the average person knows about used car prices, especially the fact that you can get a 2.5 litre Porsche for under $10,000. The very first model had a flat 6, naturally aspirated engine offering 201 horsepower. Yes, it does have fried egg headlights which some may not like, but still, it’s a Porsche so it’s ideal for driving around posing or carving the canyons. In the year 2000, the base model was upgraded to have a 2.7 litre engine with 217 horsepower and the larger 3.2 litre S engine was added to the model line up, with a healthy 250 horsepower. Both engines are great, although the 2.7 is thought to be a little faster revving due to its shorter gear ratios.
The Chrysler 300 follows a basic formula. Offer a huge luxury car for a price that a lot of ordinary folk can afford. Introduced in 2005, running until 2010, the base model 300 received a fairly mediocre 190 horsepower engine, which was mated to its 4-speed transmission, riding on 17-inch wheels. Power isn’t really an issue with the 300, as its long bonnet, large interior space and limousine like ride make up for any sluggishness. The 300c is obviously a luxury car from the outside, so much to the extent that it often fools non car people into thinking it’s a Rolls-Royce or Bentley vehicle. If I had a $ for every time I have heard someone say “look, a Rolls Royce” when the 300 drives past, I would be a rich man! When first introduced, the base model cost as little as $35,000 with some options! That is leagues below every other car in its class, and so good in fact, even the president had one. His actual car went up for sale on eBay for a cool $1 million, although it failed to sell at that price. Current used prices are hovering at around $9000. If you want a faster model, you can get the 425 horsepower SRT8 with a chevy V8 motor in it, pushing you from 0 – 60 in 4.9 seconds. Don’t get too excited though, this thing will drink gas faster than almost any other car.
Mercedes S Class
Coming from a long line of S classes, Mercedes flagship vehicle was updated in 1998. The S class enjoyed a much more modern look than some of its lower priced Mercedes siblings of the time, although surprisingly the A class received the new design language 1 year previous. Thanks to this, the 15 year old Mercedes is actually quite a modern vehicle and when it comes to luxury travel and it still can’t really be beaten by most cars on the market for sale today, With the exception of possibly Rolls Royce or Maybach. Designated with the model code W220, the Mercedes S class got a wide variety of engines ranging from the base model v6 with 201 horsepower right up to the stupidly fast AMG version with 603 horsepower. With the standard engine versions costing over $100,000 new, a used S class from this generation seems like a bargain, starting at about $10,000. All models are rear wheel drive and all have automatic transmissions, if that’s your bag. If you really want to look like a baller for cheap, ask a friend or family member to drive you around and purchase one of these!
Imagine the Chrysler 300 is the poor man’s Rolls Royce, well the Lotus Elise is the poor man’s supercar. With an exotic profile and a mid-engine setup, the 2nd generation Elise doesn’t look out of place at a supercar show, despite only having a 4-cylinder VVC engine with just 135 horsepower. Part of the magic of the Elise is that it has near supercar performance, thanks to its weight of just 1900lb and its aluminium/fiberglass bodyshell. Of course, in a straight line it will never keep up with the fast stuff but on a canyon run, I wouldn’t be so sure. Parked up, in a bright colour, I can’t think of a car that attracts as much attention as the Elise for under $30,000. Sure, there are way faster cars out there for the same money, certainly ones with an actual interior, like the 135i or Porsche Cayman but purely for curb appeal, the Elise wins hands down. If you want to fool people into thinking you are a rich guy, even if you work at Walmart stacking shelves, the Elise is one way to go. Put on a shirt and some fake Raybans for extra effect and just don’t miss those car payments!
The Jaguar XF was a turning point for Jaguar, ridding themselves of the late 90s box shaped design that they really shouldn’t have dragged into the 21st century. In 2007 when they released it, the X250 model coded car received some good press, despite tough competition in the sector. That being said, a relatively modern Jaguar for $15,000 nowadays seems like a steal. Nothing can compare to saying Jaaag multiple times when talking about your vehicle. The XF has had some famous owners too, being the British governments car of choice for a few years, including the supercharged version, the SV8 with 416 horsepower! The cheap model that you will probably end up with is the turbocharged inline 4 with 187 horsepower, but be warned, this car weighs more than 4000lb! That being said, if you want something high spec, slightly quirky and definitely a rich man’s car, this is the ideal choice. Realistically, Reliability is probably going to be an issue, but life’s short right?
So there you are. Which cars did I miss? Do you own a cheap car that looks expensive? Let me know in the comments.