The Best $7,500 You’ll Ever Spend

1997 Jaguar XK-Series

Jaguar XK-Series

Let’s say for a moment that you have a spare $7,500 sitting in your offshore savings account. Yeah, maybe you’ve been stashing the cash in case of Rapture, but since we all know that ship has sailed, maybe it’s time to use the cash to enjoy your limited time on Earth.

Yeah, you could probably do some good with that wad of hundreds (donating to a worthy cause is always an admirable endeavor). But for those of us slightly more…ego-centric, the best way to use a few grand is to buy a fun car.

Not just a used car, but a fun car that’ll leave people wondering how much it cost and what illegal activities you suddenly started dabbling in to afford it.

Yeah… take $7,500 or so and have some fun…

Back in the late ’90s I remember fantasizing about one day owning my very own Jaguar XK-Series. The sleek lines and 290-hp V8 in the XK8 had me addicted, but the sticker price was an obvious deterrent to that dream.

1997 Porsche BoxsterToday those ’97 and ’98 Jags go for cheap. As of this writing, DealFinder has a few for well under 10 grand, and I’ve seen them for under seven. For that price you get an aluminum-block DOHC V8 engine that makes 290 horsepower and 284 lb-ft of torque, enabling the car to launch to 60 mph in less than 7 seconds.

Add Connolly leather, real wood trim and those classically modern Jaguar lines, and you’ve got a car with a fun factor unmatched at that price!

Other options for blowing your carefully saved cash are a ’97 Boxster or a late ’80s to ’90s Corvette. But then you’ll just look like a middle-aged man trying to recapture the lost innocence of youth. Go for the Jag and at least add some sophistication into the mix!

What used sports car would you buy with a $7,500 budget?

-tgriffith

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  1. Randy
    | #1

    You forgot that you will also need $2200 for a tune up, $1200 for new shock absorbers, $600 for new tires, $3600 for a new exhaust system, and don’t forget the $750 crack in the windshield. Those Jags were noted as unreliable, so budget plenty for very high maintenance bills.

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