5 cheap-ish ways into supercar ownership

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Owning a supercar is something we all dream about but only a select few actually have the funds to buy and run one. Although even the cheapest entry level cars are still out of reach for a fair chunk of us, here's a few options to consider.

1. Aston Martin V8 Vantage - £25,000+

The V8 Vantage entered production in 2005 as the baby Aston. Housing a 4.3 litre V8 engine with 380bhp it certainly had supercar performance and coupled with the badge, came with the looks and heritage too. Since then prices have fallen and fallen with some even creeping under the £25k mark - to put that into perspective, you can buy a Mondeo for more.

Obviously the running costs have the potential to be crippling but it comes with the territory.

2. Audi R8 V8 - £30,000+

The R8 splits opinion on whether it's a sports car or a supercar but with the TT covering the sports car side of things, I think it's obvious where the R8 stands in the Audi line up. The V8 variant (arguably better than the V10) starts at around £30k for a high mileage example.

Cheaper than the Aston Martin to run but bear in mind a clutch change can cost upwards of £4.5k.

3. Ferrari 348 - £40,000+

How could you have a supercar list without a Ferrari? The 348 was the predecessor to the 355 that comes with delicious 90s styling that only a Ferrari can offer. Prices bottomed out but have started to creep up again slowly so time is running out to grab a bargain. As of now you can buy one for around £40k.

4. Ferrari 360 - £45,000+

Growing up the Ferrari 360 was the poster car for me. The sound alone makes it eligible for this list and I'm sure a lot of other people will agree with me when I say that it's one hell of a lot of a car for the money. A Ferrari V8 offered with a manual gearbox for £50k? Yes please.

5. Lamborghini Gallardo - £60,000+

The Gallardo was the company's first venture into using a V10 engine rather than the traditional V12. Nobody really knew what to think about it when it was initially released and it wasn't as popular as Lamborghini hoped for but over the years they have become more desirable and helped carve the way for what is now the Huracan. Early models can be picked up for around £60k but be assured that repair bills could be costly.

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