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Here Are 5 Rare and Special Cars for Under $20,000

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

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 

1995 Chevy Impala SS

1995 Chevy Impala SS – $17,995

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

2000 Ford F-150 Lightning

2000 Ford F-150 Lightning – $17,750

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

1998 Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG

1998 Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG – $14,997

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

1996 Toyota Land Cruiser

1996 Toyota Land Cruiser – $17,985

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

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Doug Demuro
Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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