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These Are the Cheapest Mid-Engine Cars for Sale on Autotrader

If you’re into sports cars — as we all, pretty much uniformly, are — you’re probably well aware that the mid-engine configuration is the dream configuration for a sports car, as it offers the best possible balance and weight distribution for going around corners. But making a mid-engine car isn’t cheap — so it’s rarely done. But while most exotic cars are mid-engine, you don’t have to spend big money to get a sports car with the engine in the middle — and for proof, here are some of the cheapest mid-engine cars for sale on Autotrader.

2006 Lotus Elise

2006 Lotus Elise – $29,900

No, this isn’t really one of the cheapest mid-engine cars for sale on Autotrader — but it’s the cheapest Lotus Elise. Offered by Wire Wheel Classic Sports Cars in Vero Beach, Florida, this Elise has traveled a whopping 58,000 miles from new, which accounts for its low price tag. It’s finished in black with a cream-colored interior, and it boasts the Elise’s Touring Package — and it’s listed for $29,900, which is roughly the floor for Lotus Elise pricing. Find a Lotus Elise for sale

1986 Pontiac Fiero

1986 Pontiac Fiero – $4,900

The Pontiac Fiero was a highly publicized car when it came out back in the 1980s, though it’s faded into obscurity over the years. This particular Fiero is a 1986 model with 80,000 miles and an automatic transmission, and it’s the cheapest Fiero on Autotrader — and, thus, one of the cheapest mid-engine cars. It’s offered by a private seller in the Detroit area, and it’s listed for just $4,900. Find a Pontiac Fiero for sale

2002 Porsche Boxster

2002 Porsche Boxster – $4,000

Early and high-mileage examples of the first-generation Porsche Boxster, which was sold from 1997 to 2004, are incredible bargains now. This particular Boxster has covered a whopping 190,000 miles, which is a huge figure — but it’s also only four grand for a fairly modern Porsche. This era of Boxster does have some major issues to protect against, such as the famed IMS problem, but it’s still a great deal. This example is offered by a private seller in Sherwood, Arkansas, and it uses a 5-speed manual transmission. Find a Porsche Boxster for sale

1993 Toyota MR2

1993 Toyota MR2 – $2,000

The mid-1990s Toyota MR2 is highly desirable, at least in low-mileage, turbocharged guise. This particular example is the opposite: it’s a manual, it’s done 216,000 miles, and it’s not an MR2 Turbo. But it’s still tremendously cool, and it’s also tremendously cheap: the seller discloses a few issues with this car, but it’s still only two grand, which leaves a lot of room to fix it up and still not lose much money. It’s listed for sale in Costa Mesa, California, south of Los Angeles. Find a Toyota MR2 for sale

2001 Toyota MR2 Spyder

2001 Toyota MR2 Spyder – $4,995

Although many people suggest the Toyota MR2 went soft when it became the full convertible MR2 Spyder for the 2000 model year, these MR2 Spyder models are still fun to drive — though they deserve a bit more power. Still, they’re bargains, and this one is the cheapest of all: it’s a 2001 MR2 Spyder with 100,000 miles, and it’s listed for sale by the Leif Johnson Superstore in Austin, Texas, for $4,995. It also uses a traditional manual rather than the potentially problematic sequential manual it was also available with. Find a Toyota MR2 Spyder for sale

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  1. I had a non-turbo MR2 with a manual transmission and it was a very fun car.  I really regret selling it and hopefully I’ll be able to get another MR2 someday.

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