Daylight savings time? Check. One final blanket of snow over the Northeast? Check. That can only mean one thing: it’s March, and spring is right around the corner. Thoughts should turn to getting all that corrosive road salt off your SUV and to how you want to spend the first warm sunny days of spring.
A next-to-new, worriless sports car is obviously the way to go. Counter all the hard labor you put into getting on the road these past few blustery months with a few hundred carefree miles on a sporty endorphin engine.
2001 BMW Z3 3.0i
What we like: Few cars rival the balanced handling of the BMW Z3. It’s not an overpowered car, but that’s what makes it so entertaining on tight and twisty roads (top down, of course). And with only 20,167 miles on the odometer, this particular Z3 is barely broken in. Time to fix that.
From the seller: Most of the miles on the car are highway miles. The car has been garage kept. No slips or skips on shifts.
Location: Feasterville-Trevose, Pennsylvania
2005 Lotus Elise
What we like: Lightweight, agile, quick — if you need to release energy that’s been building up all winter, the Lotus Elise can take whatever you have to give.
From the seller: The car is optioned with a removable hardtop, factory driving lights and the Touring Package, which added leather seats and trim, electric windows, partial carpeting and extra sound deadening.
Location: Hayward, California
2004 Porsche 911 GT3
What we like: This GT3 is a fantastic canyon-carving apex-hunter — and it’s also an incredibly low-mileage example destined for collector-car status.
From the seller: This example has been left stock aside from a B&M short-shifter kit and Fabspeed cat-back exhaust system. Said to retain all of its factory paint and panels, the car is powered by a normally aspirated 3.6-liter flat six-cylinder mated to a six-speed manual transmission.
Location: Seneca Falls, New York
1993 Mazda Miata
What we like: One more year, and this Miata will be considered an official classic car. A classic car with only 18,000 miles, mind you.
From the seller: The car was purchased new in June of 1993 by the seller and resided in Connecticut for the first 14 years and relocated to Florida in 2007. Garage kept since 1993, this example wears a Classic Red exterior with a tan interior and matching convertible top.
Location: Palm City, Florida
1994 Lotus Esprit S4
What we like: Well-looked-after, affordable mid-engine sports cars are hard to come by. Granted, bidding just opened the and is still on the low side, a low-mileage Lotus such as this should be considered a catch if the bidding doesn’t get out of hand.
From the seller: 625 Esprit S4s were produced from 1992 to 1996, and this example was acquired by the seller three years ago. Maintenance in 2016 included a fluid change, injector service and tune-up. The car is located in San Diego, California, and is sold with a number of books and accessories; service records dating back to new; a clean Carfax; and a clean Washington title in the seller’s name.
Location: San Diego, California
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