Although you might think you have to spend six figures to buy an exotic car in order to get a special vehicle, that’s definitely not the case. In fact, there are a lot of wonderful cars you can buy on a budget — including many cars that are rare, special and unique. To illustrate my point, here are five special cars you can get for $20,000 or less.
2000 BMW M Roadster – $19,195
The BMW M Roadster was the exciting, high-performance version of the delightfully fun and tossable BMW Z3. Although $20,000 won’t buy you the very best M Roaster — the later model, with the more powerful S54 engine — it’s enough to get the early one, which is also a hoot. This particular example is finished in BMW’s famed Estoril Blue, and it’s offered by the Toy Barn in Ohio for $19,195. Find a BMW M Roadster for sale
The Chevy Impala SS was a desirable full-size sedan offered by Chevy in the mid-1990s. Based on the Caprice, the Impala SS was essentially a high-performance Caprice with a lot more coolness — and it touts an exciting look and extra power. This Impala SS is offered by Presidential Auto Sales in Florida with 43,000 miles for $17,995. Find a Chevrolet Impala for sale
The Ford F-150 Lightning was the high-performance version of the regular F-150, offering surprisingly thrills in an enjoyable package. If you’re looking for a Lightning, you should be able to find a nice one for under $20,000 — and this particular model is finished in silver with 86,000 miles, offered by a dealership in Florida for $17,750. Find a Ford F-150 for sale
The Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG was a fantastic car, featuring a V8 powerplant shoved into the simple, unassuming 1994-2001 C-Class. Touting more than 300 horsepower, it was a hoot for the time — and this one is in nice shape, with less than 75,000 miles. It’s offered by Performance Auto Wholesalers in South Florida for $14,997, reflecting a market that’s heading upwards after languishing for many years. Find a Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG for sale
The Toyota Land Cruiser is a special SUV, known for its durability, toughness, and go-anywhere capabilities. This particular Land Cruiser hails from the "80 Series" era, which is becoming more desirable and valuable by the minute. This one is also modified for off-roading, allowing it to take you wherever you want to go — and despite an odometer reading of more than 210,000 miles, it looks to be in great shape. It’s offered by a private seller in Utah for $17,985. Find a Toyota Land Cruiser for sale