2001 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
Yes, we just referred to a Corvette as a budget car. Bear with us. Really, where else can you get 400 horsepower for under twenty grand? Road & Track’s Jack Baruth agrees – the C5 generation Corvette Z06 is, with a couple minor tweaks, an ideal track toy.
Even with fifteen years of age, this one is stellar. It doesn’t look like it’s been abused or modified – sometimes hard to find among these easily-tuned beasts – and only has around 65k on the odometer.
Get some new brake pads and hit the track next weekend.
It’s on eBay in New Hampshire for $17k or offer.