The Shelby Cobra is another iconic roadster on our list of crazy cheap cars, and is definitely not a name that most people would associate with the phrase ‘crazy cheap cars’. While genuine examples will surely cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars (if not more than $1 million), did you know you can get your hands on a replica that does the same stuff for less than the price of a new Mustang GT?
According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, “the best-paid drivers made $64,290, while the lowest-paid made approximately $23,840.” Obviously, this is a rather challenging job as the person behind the wheel is responsible for a large number of passengers while at the same time making sure they are paying attention to the road and traffic. This driving job may well be one of the most demanding of all driving jobs listed here.
The Nissan GT-R immediately began riding atop lists of hot cars when it was introduced for the 2009 model year. After 2015, every reference to the GT-R was focused on the NISMO edition. The Nissan GT-R NISMO and is faster brother, the NISMO N-Attack blend style, relative affordability, and supercar performance. The power of the GT-R NISMO comes from a twin-turbo 3.8L V6 that is capable 600 hp and 527 lb-ft of torque.
The main difference between an LQ4 and an LS2 is an iron block, which means these can hold tons of power. They’re famous for being a cheap way to get insane stats, and this hot Chevelle gained world fame In 2016 from an article at Hot Rod by throwing down 800 horsepower. That’s thanks to 16 psi of boost from a single 80mm Borg Warner turbo. The builder says “getting sideways in third or fourth gear is no problem” we’re not surprised.
In 1962, the first AC Cobras were powered by a 4.3L(260 cu.in.) Ford V8 at the request of American automotive designer Carroll Shelby. By 1967, Shelby and AC Cars were offering a Cobra fitted with a Ford 427 engine. The standard 427 edition was capable of 425 hp and had a top speed of 164 mph. The competition edition on the other hand created 485 hp and had a top speed of 185 mph.
Sure, it weighs in at nearly 4,000 lbs, but it’s no slouch. Speaking of the SH-AWD (SH stands for Super Handling), that’s the model you’ll want to go for. It features some really intelligent engineering that allows the car to cruise at highway speeds with a 90/10 front/back power split, but can allocate up to 70% of power to the rear wheels for acceleration. On top of that, it can send 100% of that 70% to either of the back wheels independently, making this car one hell of a cornering machine.
Hot cars are about so much more than transportation. They are rolling pieces of art that encapsulate everything that a gearhead could ever want in a ride. There is no simple way to define hot cars. Some are fast as hell, others are low powered classics, and there are a few that combine artistic nuance and balls out speed. Hot cars shamelessly prove that flamboyance and swagger are much more important than practicality or efficiency.
We couldn’t just leave you hanging wondering why Jaguar and Pagani aren’t on our list. Well, there are just a ton of hot cars and only so much paper to write on…or page space here on the internet. Above is a 1961 Jaguar E Type drop, one of the sleekest cars to ever wear the Jaguar emblem. Below is a Pagani Huayra BC. Words to describe the Pagani are hard to come by, so we will just leave it here for you admire.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that used engines from Pontiac sedans can fit in just about anything that uses a transaxle. It’s also one of the most common used engines in the world with over 25 million produced to date. It’s been rated one of the best engines of the 20th century, so yeah, it’s reliable.
Just as you can not build a list of hot cars without a Ferrari, you can not build one without adding a Bugatti. According to the Bugatti website, ”BUGATTI owes its distinctive character to a family of artists, who was always determined to offer the extraordinary. The superlative. The best.” Every word of that statement can be seen in the Bugatti Chiron. Grand lines and captivating style combine with awe-inspiring power to provide what may be the ultimate driver’s supercar.
The thing that makes these rides so special is that they offer performance that new models do at a fraction of the price. While some of these cars could easily still be compared to new models from other segments, they’re still very affordable for what they can do.
Setting that aside these are some of the most reliable used engines available today. Shit, you can build them to over 900 horsepower (turn your sound down). Problem is, they don’t easily fit in most other cars. But you can easily put one…
These RWD monsters are still somewhat pricey due to rarity compared to the sedan and coupe models, but you can expect to find some examples in the ballpark of $45,000. That’s really not bad at all though when you compare this car to the likes of the Porsche Panamera and wagon offerings from Mercedes AMG.