The best cars for when the only money in your pocket is for Little Debbie's from the cafeteria
There were 5 things I cared about in my high school career. Impressing girls with my clothes (sport coats, dress shirts, ties and sweaters ery day), impressing girls with my iPhone (this is 2007 so big deal then), impressing girls with my abilities (I was a song and dance man), impressing girls with my knowledge of modern culture (comprised mostly of Seinfeld Quotes), and finally impressing girls with my cars (I'll let you guess which of the following ones Cory and I had). I would switch between them depending on my mood for the day, so as you can plainly see, I was a spoiled idiot. I cant say much has changed as far as my priority list but seeing as I now have hindsight on this very important time in life I would like to impart some wisdom onto the next generation.
5. 1994 Mazda MX-5
If you want attention, this is the car for you, boy or girl. Boys, you will be flocked with girls wanting rides with you. No joke, by the dozens. The best part is the MX-5 is truly fun to drive and though its not powerful, it is little and very light so you can show off within the speed limit. Ladies, there is something about a girl who knows how to drive stick, not just shift but knows how to drive. Heel toe, driving lines, late breaking the whole picture. The Miata is the perfect place to start. It has enough space, good gas mileage, almost indestructible, and if you do break something they cost almost nothing to fix. Personally, I believe everyone should start with an MX-5.
4. 1992 Saab 900 Turbo
The 900 turbo has been set aside for true enthusiast. Top Gear says you can't be a petrol head unless you own an Alfa. In the States I would say you cant be a car guy until youve experienced an early saab. There is just something special about getting into a cockpit with a wrapped glass windshield and an ignition where your overly complicated coffee would normally sit. Driving the car is equally unique. A high center of gravity, front wheel drive and an angry turbo that is sick of constantly being overlooked all combine for a very exciting result. Everything about the car is an acquired taste. The obtuse shape repel many, but the few it charms tend to stay under its spell for a lifetime.
3. 1994 Eagle Talon TSI AWD
Whens the last time you felt like you could smell a Unicorns breath while soaring on the back of an eagle and eating a pastrami sandwich?
If your answer is never, then you haven't had the good fortune of driving an early 90's Eagle Talon TSI AWD. Mash the throttle and 200 eager ponies are corralled for a brief moment of turbo-lag, and then unleashed, creating a surge of power that can only be equaled by Chris Hemsworth in a gladiator costume.
While this brutal performance should be enough, the two-headed genius of Diamond Star Motors did not stop there. They fitted a coupe-aye body which is so classically beautiful that Enzo Ferrari's nephew Francesco Ferrari famously said the 1993 Eagle Talon was the most beautiful 2-door american-japanese amalgamation ever manufactured between the years 1992 & 1994.
Since this sort of beauty and performance is not wasted on the young, the early 90's Eagle Talon is the perfect car for that high-school aged boy who thinks hes invincible and that the world can be conquered. At the wheel of an Eagle Talon, that sentiment may not be far off.
2. 1984 Porsche 944
The 944 is reserved only for the elite. Those who have superior intelect, exceptional dance moves and a biting wit. Some might say the 944 is a thinking mans Ferrari or Aston (they would be really stupid but...maybe). This Porsche has ample space to carry all your books, tennis gear, and your very full private life. Full seating for 4 (as long as you are no taller than 5'4" and very skinny) to escort whoever you choose, all while getting a very economical 27 mpg from the exquisitely engineered inline 4. Owning a Porsche puts you into the highest of social brackets. Its pretty much like being a member of the illuminati. You control everything and get to choose who rises and who falls. So if you get a shot at one of these exquisite motor carriages, I would suggest you make it rain and stamp your passport to a better life.
1. 1988 BMW E30 325is
If your main goal is to show off your style and swagger, there are few sub-5k cars that can pose better than this Bimmer. What ever you want from the car you can have: It can play classy, aggressive or egotistically confident (Douchey). It all depends on how you dress it and how you dress in it. If your idea of dress shoes are your cleanest pair of nikes, then I would predict you would want halo lights, oz wheels, and a sound system with too many woofers. Maybe even a coffee can exhaust to announce your arrival 2 miles before you actually appear. Some subtle factory ground effects and a nice set of period rims would be my suggestion, then you won't have to say a thing because clearly you have all the right answers.
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