Despite being almost 30 years old, these cars are still all very popular today. While all of them admittedly may be older than I am, I can still appreciate just how iconic they are in their own rights.
1. BMW M Coupe - 1998
Otherwise known as the ‘Clown Shoe car’, the M Coupe is an iconic ‘M’ car from BMW and makes a great daily and track weapon due to its reliable 3.2L straight six which produces 240 bhp. I think most people would have one of these over a Z4.
2. Nissan R33 Skyline GT-R – 1993
Enjoyed by JDM purists, the R33 has been with us for a long time now and is still very sought after in the used JDM car market. With a great tunable platform, the GTR is great for those who like to make a racket on the streets.
3. Mazda RX-7 1992
Like the GT-R, the RX-7 is a great platform to increase power without spending a fortune and is often appreciated much more than a Ferrari is for example. This also has an awesome soundtrack.
4. Ford Escort RS Cosworth – 1994
Best known for its rally performance, the Escort is a wicked car with a very unusual rear wing which has become an icon in rally history. Going up against the likes of the EVO and WRX, it’s a great little car.
5. Ferrari F50 – 1995
I couldn’t make this list without including a Ferrari of some sort, and there’s no better way to do it than with an F50. Seen as the underdog against the F40, this was such a raw and visceral driving experience that later resulted in the Enzo.
6. Lamborghini Diablo – 1990
Once again, an Italian supercar. Many people prefer the Countach over this but when you see and hear one of these in person it really takes your breath away. This is what a true Lamborghini is, brutal, loud and in your face.
7. Toyota Supra – 1992
Having included the R33 and RX-7, it would be wrong not to include one of the greatest JDM cars of all time. The Mk4 Supra is an incredibly tunable car that you can hear popping and crackling from miles off. Many of these have been brutally upgraded to well over 1,000 horsepower so you will be lucky to find a stock one.
8. Lexus LS400 – 1990
Now, I know what you’re thinking. What’s an old Lexus doing on this list? Well, this car took luxury to the next level and became the flagship car for Lexus for many years. It was big, quiet, comfortable and affordable. They even tested the Bose suspension system on this which would have made it unbelieve but unfortunately was very expensive. There is one of these on its way to 1 million miles in the US, so I think it’s safe to say it’s very reliable…
9. Jaguar XJ220 – 1992
The Brit’s came out with this monstrous supercar back in the 90s and it took the world by storm. It was the fastest road car in the world at one point but being taken over later by another plucky… or not so plucky Brit.
10. McLaren F1 – 1998
If you’re going to end the list with a bang (no McLaren pun intended…) it has to be with the F1 which was the world’s fastest car in 1998, with a 240 mph top speed record. These now sell for well over £20 million which is ludicrous for a car which rolled out of a factory in Woking. A fun fact about the factory: There is a garbage tip just down the road from it!