I have a goal of buying a fun car sometime next year once I have some key debts paid off and renovations done on our home. The problem is I need to be able to carry at least one car seat. I either drop off or pick up my almost 2yo every day. I would like to keep it under $20k, but would go up to $25k if its especially cool. This is not my primary vehicle, just something fun. Ideally, it would be something I could use for an occasional track day as well. It also needs to come with a manual.
While I would prefer to get something from the 70s-90s, the Porsche 996 seems to be the current leader for my requirements. While the 4s aren’t presently available for under $20k, they are in the low $20s and still coming down.
I would love to have an older air cooled Porsche, and wanted an SC for a number of years, but those are largely north of $30k now too. Maybe in a year the bubble will pop and bring them back down, but I won’t hold my breath. A 964 would be ideal, but those are ridiculously priced.
Keeping with the Bavarian angle, I’ve also looked at several old BMWs, including 2002s, 635csi, 535is, and their various M versions. I believe I could get a car seat into any of them, but the 2002 might be tight.
I’ve also debated an E39 M5 or an E46 M3 thanks to my irrational love of individual throttle bodies, but am a little worried about running costs (I know the 996 IMS issue well). Same vein would include Audi S4/RS4. They’re great cars and would certainly be fun, but they don’t have that vintage feel yet.
I’ve also looked into 60-70s pony cars that can be modified into the trans am look, like the first gen Mustangs (surprisingly affordable), Camaros (Not as affordable), AMC Javelins (less affordable yet). But unless a deal drops into my lap, they’re probably out of my limits.
So to leverage the collected knowledge of Opponauts with kids, what am I missing and what would you suggest?