Car guys have all heard it before, “Buying a fancy car is like throwing money down the toilet! It’s just going to drop in value in a year!” Well, unfortunately, that’s usually true.
But, there are some legendary cars on the market that can actually stay the same or go up in value! And we’re going to tell you what they are.
What does that mean for you? You can drive these sweet rides for FREE! One of the cars on our list has a 300 horsepower twin turbo! And another one is the star of a Fast & Furious movie!
You are NOT going to want to miss this! Here you go, 8 legendary cars that you can own for free!
Lately, the Ford Bronco has broken the internet, and it’s not just because the new one’s coming out. Even people who know less than nothing about cars probably know the name of this iconic vehicle because of its TV cameo in front of 95 million people as the transporter of OJ Simpson.
But while that particular event may have shed some not-so-great light on this classic Ford truck, owners of the Ford Bronco have often developed a loving relationship with their clunky trucks that extends beyond that one infamous moment.
Broncos are big and comfortable, they’re even pretty fun to drive. Driving a Bronco is some of what I would imagine the car equivalent of riding an elephant would be like. Slow and lethargic, but peaceful and powerful.
The hype around the Bronco has mounted in the last several years, propelling prices of the first-gen model through the roof. But it is still possible to get a 3rd-gen, which they built from 1980 to 1986, and drive that thing for FREE!
When the 1983 Bronco first came out, it retailed for around $11,000. But NOW? Low mile examples are well above $30,000 or more. So get a good example, avoid being chased by the cops and sell it when you wanna trade up to the new model!
And with the new 2021 version of the Bronco coming out, the hype is at an all-time high. If anyone remembers the new Supra launch, and what that did to the prices of Mark IV’s, that means the prices on these classic models are just going to keep climbing.
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Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
You may know this sweet rally racer from one of the Fast & Furious movies, or from it competing in the WRC for decades. But if you always assumed that this car was way out of your budget, you’re WRONG!
Yes, picking up a 2015 model can cost up around $35,000, but the good news is that these cars barely depreciate at all. The 2015 model has only depreciated 10% from when it first came out to now, and since Mitsubishi killed off the beloved Evo, we expect that trend to actually reverse.
That’s right, your Lancer Evo could actually start appreciating in value in the next few years. So before that happens, now is the time to buy!
And this is an awesome car, especially if you get to drive it for free. It’s got a turbocharged 2-liter engine and rally-ready all-wheel drive that makes driving an Evo feel like you’re competing in the WRC. Just try and keep it clean and don’t tear it up too bad if you want it to sell for more when you’re done with it.
if you’re looking for style and maneuverability, this ‘Bishi is badass. Though make sure you give these things a thorough inspection before you buy, because people who drive Evos tend to beat them up pretty bad.
Prices for Evo’s are all over the place, with near-new examples fetching over six figures, but you can get into one of your own for around $30,000.
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BMW E46 M3
Now we all know the BMW E30 M3, you can’t argue with the classic cool that Bimmer carries. But unfortunately, E30 M3’s are pretty overpriced these days and don’t offer very good bang for your buck in terms of performance. The later E46 M3 fills that gap.
This car is more affordable, fast, and a ton of fun to drive. With its inline-six under the hood and precision handling, the E46 M3 is just short of a supercar.
What’s that mean for you? You can buy one of these bad boys at the lowest price they’ve ever been today, drive it for a few years, and sell it off at a profit a couple years down the line.
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Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo (Z32)
The Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo was an attempt to revive the spirit of Nissan’s famed Fairlady Z. This car was originally designed by the visionary Toshio Yamashita, who had the goal of redefining how cars were designed. He took heavy influence from American sports car culture, and wanted to make the 300ZX look like a mean driving machine.
He made it lower and wider than its predecessors, with a boxy yet aerodynamic design that made it look fit for American streets. And the twin-Garrett-turbochargers and dual intercoolers they offered in the Twin Turbo version made this car powerful enough to blow past every other car on the road. This variant of the 300ZX spits out an impressive 300 horsies and generates 283 pound-feet of torque.
And imagine this, you could be driving around in the 300ZX’s fighter jet cockpit without losing a single dollar if you play your cards right. This forgotten Japanese supercar is becoming increasingly more rare every day. And naturally, the market value of this sweet machine is on the rise.
So grab this low mile Twin Turbo for about $29,000, and enjoy the ride for a while and sell it in a few years for far more!
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Fox Body Ford Saleen Mustang
Steve Saleen, a relative nobody from Southern Cal, rose to become one of the most recognizable names in car culture around the mid-80’s. In 1983, he started Saleen Autosport as a Mustang modification shop. And let me just say that that is probably the coolest job in the world. Taking super badass Mustangs and making them even more awesome? Seems like Steve Saleen hit the lottery.
Well, not really when you consider he had the rights to his own name taken away from him at a board meeting. But anyway, while Saleen Autosport was under his direction, this company was churning out some stunning fox-body modified Mustangs.
They threw firmer shocks and springs in these things with bigger brakes and a few exterior and interior aesthetic tweaks as well. And under the hood, that V8 brings some serious power out of this classic pony car.
Saleen Fox-body Mustangs originally retailed at around $25,000, but because they are becoming more and more of a rarity, their prices actually seem to be increasing. Today, they’re worth somewhere between $26,000 and $32,000.
Currently, there’s some cheap ones on eBay, but the bids are coming in fast. And we expect that these street racers are going to keep climbing in price far into the future.
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Let’s just be honest, the Acura NSX is SICK. This thing brings me back to when I used to play with Hot Wheels as a kid and fantasize about owning my own ride. That futuristic looking front grill and water-like lines running down the sides were way ahead of their time when this car debuted in 1990, and the sleek design combined with some serious internal specs quickly made the NSX one of the most sought-after cars that Honda ever rolled out.
The NSX features an aluminum 3-liter V-6 that spits out 270 horsepower with dual overhead cams and variable valve timing. Part of the reason the NSX became so legendary is that it was designed in tandem with the late F1 superstar Ayrton Senna. RIP.
But that means this is a street car that was built for the racetrack, and with all that reliability that we’ve expect to come off a Honda manufacturing line. You can rip this thing down the road all day and never experience a single issue.
And what’s even better, you can maybe make a little money on it. Yup, since they’ve released the new 2020 NSX supercar, hype around the older models has been growing and growing. And as NSX’s from the 90’s become more and more desirable to collectors, their market value is only going to go up.
So now’s the time to buy that Hot Wheels car of your dreams, especially if you want to resell it for the same or more than you bought it for.
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Mercedes 190E 2.3-16 Cosworth
The beautiful Mercedes-Benz 190E Cosworth is the kind of that makes car nerds drool and everyone else assume you’re broke. The Cossie was a competitor to BMW in touring car racing, DTM, and in the marketplace back in the 80’s. The Cosworth was the reason BMW had to create the M3 to keep up!
Now today, the E30 is getting all the love, which may be due to the 190E looking more like a taxi cab than a touring car legend, but ask anyone who’s driven both, and 9 times out of 10 they’ll say they prefer the Benz.
It’s no wonder these DTM-slaying, Autobahn-crushing sauerkrauts are holding their value for years.
Meaning you could buy an old Cossie, live out your DTM dreams, and give it to the next person without losing a dime!
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Dodge Ram SRT-10
The Dodge RAM SRT-10 is quintessentially AMERICAN. This is an over-the-top pickup that has no shame in its overly powerful engine that literally serves no purpose other than to give you a little extra rumble while you’re rolling down the road.
This beast features a 8.3-liter V-10 engine that revs up 500 horsepower, and they even threw a giant red start button in the cab for good measure. If that engine configuration sounds familiar, it’s because the SRT-10’s engine was actually the same engine as a Dodge Viper, just jammed in a bigger body with a flatbed.
I mean, come on. You can’t get much more ridiculously American than putting a super powerful sports car engine in a pickup.
Unfortunately, as you probably assumed, this thing guzzles up gas like a hungry hippo, getting a deplorable 12 miles to the gallon. But that’s the price you gotta pay when you have a 5100-pound animal that jumps from 0 to 60 in under 5 seconds and can hit a top speed of 150.
These trucks have been coming back in popularity, with the number of insurance quotes on these trucks going up 61% amongst Gen-Xers and Millennials. And you know what happens when trucks come back in popularity? Market values go up! That means if you buy yourself an SRT-10 today, you’ll be able to resell that thing in a few years for the same or more than you paid for it.
Plus, you’ll get a couple of years of driving around this absolute beast of a machine. Gotta love America. Gotta love that SRT-10.
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