Midlife crisis cars are a clear indication that someone is feeling a bit over the hill and desperately reaching for their childhood. That haunted attitude has led many a person to grab a Corvette, a Mustang, or some other impractical but flashy ride in the hopes of delaying fatherhood. Yet we know it can get much more extreme. So we ask you. What’s the best midlife crisis car on the used market for $30,000 or less?
It’s easy to imagine that something like the cars mentioned above would be a good choice as they define the stereotype. They’re too impractical, they’re too compromised, and they stand out as very obvious midlife crisis choices for someone who’s only owned a minivan or SUV for years. No, we think of cars that are so impractical that people are in awe of how crazy you’ve gone.
It seems like maybe the best move is to get big. So why not sink your hard-earned cash into something like an old VW kit car that looks like something a lot more special? They’re wildly shaped, very vintage, and oddly enough that almost anyone who isn’t a car enthusiast will think it’s incredibly expensive (hey, getting it up and running can actually be quite pricey). In fact, almost any well-done kit car could check those same boxes.
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On the other hand, you can get a ton of real race cars for $30,000. It’s one thing to hear that your friend has a tram with a racing pedigree and quite another to hear that they have a real race car. Sure you won’t get a GT3 racer or anything like that with 800 horsepower, but it will still be very special and probably pretty fast.
However, is it the right move to play it safe? Perhaps the “best” midlife crisis car is one that lets you learn the lesson and then sell it before you get hurt. You may feel that midlife crisis and impracticality don’t necessarily go together. What do you say? Let us know in the comments below!