Later today, I’m going to show you all around a car that has a starting price of $300,000, before options, which are surprisingly plentiful. But today, I’m going to show you an alternative. What you have here are five cars I’d buy for the $300,000 base price of one supercar — all of which are exciting, interesting and special in their own way.
Although the other four cars on this list pretty much satisfy my automotive desires, I had about $15,000 left over after I added them all to my $300,000 shopping cart — and I’ve always wanted an RS6. So, here’s a 2003 Audi RS6 for just under $16,000. These aren’t exactly known for their reliability, but they’re so rare and cool I couldn’t resist — and this one is offered by United Auto Exchange in the Chicago area with 94,000 miles.
The BMW 1 Series M is one of my favorite sporty cars, and this particular example is especially impressive, as it’s not an ultra-low-mileage garage-kept car that’s been preserved to the point where you can’t drive it. Instead, it’s a 28,000-mile car offered by a private seller in New Jersey, and it’s finished in my favorite color, Valencia Orange. It’s listed for $57,975 and appears entirely unmodified.
My dream garage has to contain a truck, and the Raptor is undoubtedly the coolest and most exciting truck I can imagine. New Raptors are a bit expensive for my dream garage, but this lightly used 2017 version will do just fine. It’s a quad cab model finished in gray with a black interior, and it’s traveled just under 38,000 miles from new. It’s offered by Smithfield Pre-Owned in Selma, North Carolina, for $59,990, which is a hefty discount from the new price.
The Mercedes-AMG E63 Wagon is the best daily driver around — and I know this for certain, because I drive one every day. But while my 2012 model is very nice, I’d absolutely love a 2018 version, which has huge upgrades in performance, comfort and technology. This is the cheapest 2018 models listed for sale, and it’s also a certified pre-owned model with extra warranty. It’s offered by Mercedes-Benz of Houston North with 20,000 miles for $102,850.
The Shelby GT350R is my favorite non-exotic sports car on sale today, and I’m thrilled to see prices are finally starting to come down (even if only a little). This 2017 GT350R is offered by DCH Ford of Thousand Oaks in Southern California, and its finished in white with blue stripes. It’s traveled just 2,900 miles from new, and it’s listed for $64,999 — big money for a Mustang, of course, but this is hardly your typical Mustang.