I can’t come up with a better answer than the C5 targa. It has perfect proportions IMO. The front is sleek and low in a way we’ll never see again thanks to popups and lax nineties pedestrian safety standards. It’d make a great Appalachian road bomber project and have well under 50k on the clock.

Requirements:

300+ reliable horsepower

decent handling

great aftermarket

no straight 4s or V6s whatsoever

RWD or AWD

around $20k

Extra bonus points for being unlike my previous cars in one or more ways:

- 5 speed 1989 BMW 635csi

- 1999 Q45

- 2009 WRX