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Ten thousand dollars might not sound like a lot, but it could actually buy more than you think. However, finding a car that’s fun to drive might prove to be quite the challenge.

That being said, it largely depends on your definition of “fun to drive”. Some people want a car with high power and high speed, some one that has great driving dynamics, and others something that sits somewhere in the middle. Because of the limited budget, we’re factoring out reliability, mileage/age, and maintenance costs. So, given all that, feel free to get as creative as you want. The only rules are that the budget is $10,000 and you can only pick one car. Let’s take a look at some candidates.

Mk 6 Volkswagen Golf GTI

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While it might be based on a compact hatch, the Golf GTI has always been a staple of a cheap, fun-to-drive all-rounder. It falls into the first category mentioned above, showing that good dynamics and driver engagement can make up for a lack of power. Plus, you can get it in manual, and if you look around, you can find these for around $10,000 flat.

1st-gen Lexus IS300

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If you’re looking for a practical car that’s not devoid of driving fun, then the first-generation Lexus IS300 is a very good choice. The first-gen IS had a level of character that just wasn’t quite matched in generations to follow. It has a manual option, a detuned turbo-less Supra engine, and it’s rear-wheel drive. Also, while we know we said reliability wouldn’t be a factor, given the IS is a Toyota, it likely shouldn’t be an issue. These can be found all day for under $10,000, and even less for higher mileage examples.

C5 Corvette

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The Corvette has always been the everyman’s sports car. Aspirational, yet attainable, it is offering great bang for your buck and falls under the high power, high speed category. Older models like the C4 and C5 can be had for very cheap now, and while you might be able to find C4 Corvettes for much less than the C5, the C5 is the one you want. It’s arguably a better buy in every way, having more power, more amenities, and just being more modern overall. They’re not easy to find, but if you look hard enough, you can come across some C5s for under $10,000.

What car would you choose? Would it be any of these, or something else? Leave you thoughts in the comments below.


There are few things more disheartening than parking your car outside and returning to find it damaged – or, as is the case with this Porsche Panamera in Stockholm, Sweden, with its wheels missing.

Images shared to Facebook through the GTBoard page show the car sitting in a parking lot on what appears to be two separate days, lacking wheels.

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In the first image, the expensive sedan can be seen resting on its brake rotors. Whoever stole the wheels must have been in quite a hurry as the lug nuts were left behind. Interestingly, the Panamera is sitting in what looks to be a private car park that includes a barbed wire fence. Considering that it’s not hard to find expensive cars in Stockholm that aren’t parked behind barbed wire and are, in theory, easier targets, means that the thief must, for whatever reason, have really wanted those rims.

The second series of images appear to have been taken at a different time, as evidenced by the different cars in the background. Additionally, the Panamera is no longer sitting directly on its brake rotors but rather two wooden pallets, probably a temporary solution on the part of the owner as they attempted to source some replacement wheels.

In all likelihood, the individual or individuals that stole the wheels sold them for a quick buck, meaning that tracking them down could prove impossible.

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Back in 2010 a company called Xenatec started building a coupe version of the Maybach. The coachbuilders took the back doors off the luxury car and created the Xenatec Maybach 57S Coupe.

The results are pretty stunning, but despite plans to build 200 of them, only eight (or possibly six, depending on who you ask) were ever made. This one, chassis number 004, was purchased by, but never delivered to, then Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, whose regime was toppled in 2011.

As a result of those unforeseen changes, this model has just 2,300 km (1,430 miles) on the odometer, which the seller, the Netherlands’ Auto Leitner, claims makes it the lowest mileage example out there.

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The condition, naturally, is also pretty good. Finished in beige and white inside and out, it is presented in A1 condition, which is hardly surprising, and it features a 6.0-liter V12 producing 612 hp. According to reviews of the car at the time, that was enough to propel this 2.7-tonne car very briskly without any trouble at all.

Gaddafi seems to have ticked every option box. The back seats have a fridge and a phone, there’s a CD and a DVD disc changer and a heated steering wheel. Not really sure how cold it gets in Libya, but it doesn’t hurt to have it anyways.

Xenatec was asking 675,000 Euros in 2011, a healthy amount more than the Maybach 57S sedan. But there will be a pretty solid profit for whoever owns this one now because Auto Leitner posts this car’s price as 961,950 Euros ($1.16 million USD at today’s exchange rates).

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