Sports Cars for a Stellar Summer

Sports cars and the people who drive them have taken a bit of a beating in popular culture these last few years. Movie geeks look at a hood scoop and drawl “I live my life a quarter mile at a time” in their deepest Vin Diesel voice. Cynics hear the growl of a high-end exhaust and draw anatomical conclusions about the owner.

But all the ribbing doesn’t change one fact: High-performance cars are wicked fun to drive. Big block beast, small block tuner, or high-end euro ride, the power and handling can’t be matched by an efficient Prius or sensible minivan.

Here are five local cars for sale that will give you the growl, grip and go that (deep down inside) you really want:

2014 Ford Mustang, $ 26,849: When introduced in the 1960’s, the Ford Mustang changed American car making forever, launching a muscle car revolution that didn’t peter out until the 1980’s. Fast forward to the early years of this century: Ford re-released the Mustang with an updated version of its classic fastback style, launching another round of muscle car interest in the market. The 2014 models are already rolling out to local dealerships. 

2013 Chevrolet Camaro, $ 26,849: After Ford successfully restored the Mustang’s classic lines, the car world’s heads whipped in unison toward Chevy, looking for the updated Camaro that was sure to follow. The new-look Camaro made its public bow in the first live-action Transformers movie as…Bumble Bee, an Autobot that heretofore had been a VW Beetle. Confusing, perhaps, but the car dropped jaws. You can get yours at any of several Chevy dealers in the area.

2013 Dodge Challenger, $ 34,860: One of the later retro-styled reboots, the Dodge Challenger is a new favorite among the neo-muscle car set. Who wouldn’t want an updated General Lee in the garage? This striped black model is at Lawless in Woburn.

2009 Porsche Cayman, $ 35,977: No good sports car talk ends without mentioning Porsche. While the 911 remains one of the greatest sports cars of all time, don’t sleep on the Cayman. It’s a smaller roadster with excellent weight balance, giving it a smoother ride to go with its power. Allston Motorsports has an ’09 with 28,532 miles.

2006 Ferrari F430 Spider, $ 159,900: Unless you’re just filthy rich, you aren’t walking into a dealership and buying a brand new Ferrari. The best you could do is fake it, like Al Pacino in Scent of a Woman. No, if you’re gonna buy a Ferrari, you’re gonna buy it second hand. Buy hey, don’t beat yourself up; It’s still a Ferrari! This Spider has a mere 5,757 on the odometer.   

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