What’s your dream car? For many, it’s a sports car -- short on practicality but long on emotion. But given the quality and durability of new models and sheer volume of sporty vehicle sales, you don't need to break the bank when it comes time to reward yourself with a fun car. Here’s our list of the 10 best used sports cars under $30,000.

 

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1. 2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
With the upcoming movie "Ford v Ferrari," which focuses on Carroll Shelby’s famous 1966 Le Mans win, perhaps it’s time to grab a bit of that heritage in the form of a 2012 Shelby GT500. What’s not to like about a 500-hp Mustang? Find a Ford Mustang near you
 

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2. 2014 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
Okay, so you’re not a Blue Oval person but don’t want to give anything away in the horsepower department. There are several late-model V6 and SS V8 models for under $30K, but the 2014 ZL1 boasts a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 making 580 horsepower. Find a Chevrolet Camaro near you
 

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3. 2016 Audi TT Coupe
Audi has announced that there will be no more TT models after this generation, so you have about a year to corral a new one. But if you want to save a bit of coin on this icon, a 2016 coupe sells for less than $30K. It has classic styling and all-wheel drive to boot. Find an Audi TT near you
 

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4. 2018 Toyota 86
Formerly known as the Scion FRS, the Toyota 86 shares the same layout, including a flat-four engine and rear-drive, as the Subaru BRZ. But as a Toyota, a year-old model is a better bargain by retailing for around $4,000 less than the Subie. Find a Toyota 86 near you
 

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5. 2018 Fiat 124 Spider
The Fiat 124 Spider is an enchanting 2-seater. It shares its chassis with the Mazda MX-5 Miata, but has its own Italian-built engine and distinct styling. A used 2018 starts at around $21,000 and most 2019 model-year trims can be found for less than $30,000. Find a Fiat 124 Spider near you
 

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6. 2015 Nissan 370Z NISMO
If you’re serious about track days, consider the 2015 370Z NISMO, which in addition to its 350-hp V6 engine, comes with a competition-inspired suspension. Originally priced above $45,000, these lightweight, high-performance variants sell for around $28,000. Find a Nissan 370Z near you
 

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7. 2014 BMW Z4
BMW's new Z4 twin to the 2020 Toyota GR Supra is on the market, but costs upwards of $50,000. If you choose the 2014 model, you get a 3.0-liter inline-six plus the bonus of a retractable hardtop, all for about $28K. A 4-cylinder model costs about $1,000 less. Find a BMW Z4 near you
 

8. 2013 Chevrolet Corvette
The classic front-engine layout of the Corvette will be no more once the new C8 mid-engine model bows later this year. There’s still a chance to cash in on a classic with a 2013 C6, the last year of that generation, which sells for around $27,000. Find a Chevrolet Corvette near you
 

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9. 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG
Mercedes' 2019 baby SL (now called SLC) will be the last of the series. So, there’s probably a bit of collector value in this SLK 55 AMG, especially considering its 422-hp V8 and AMG pedigree, all of which can be had for $29K. Find a Mercedes-Benz SLK near you
 

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10. 2012 Porsche Cayman
The 2012 Porsche Cayman offers plenty of thrills from its mid-mounted flat-six engine, and can be found for about $28K. If you prefer the open-air Boxster, expect to spend a grand more for a year-older model. Find a Porsche Cayman near you

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