Exotic supercars like Ferraris and Lamborghinis aren’t just pretty looking machines, serious craftsmanship and engineering is built into these cars to make them perform the way they do. Plus, these cars are mostly handcrafted from premium materials, all of which result in a hefty price tag for a brand new car. This means only a select group of people can afford to buy and have brand new Lambos and Ferraris.
But that doesn’t mean people with lower than six-figure salaries can never have their dream cars, it just means they have to wait. For supercar lovers on a budget, the only way of making their dream come true is buying used models from a couple of decades ago. The good news is that you can buy older Ferraris and Lamborghinis for a fraction of their original price.
Here are some of the best 10 Ferraris and 5 Lamborghinis that regular people can buy. However, don’t expect to see an F50 or Aventador on this list.
15 1985 Ferrari Mondal Cabriolet ($26,000)
The Mondial is a rear mid-engine grand tourer by Ferrari that was designed for practicality as well as performance, as seen with bigger cabin space and actual rear seating for children or adults. However, it is still a sports car with a 3.0 L V8 engine capable of delivering 235 horsepower and reach 62 mph from a standstill in just 6.4 seconds.
14 1989 Ferrari Mondial T Cabriolet ($40,000)
The T version could be considered the final evolution of the series, which saw extensive improvements, including a bigger and better engine, revised air intakes, and refined aesthetics. The 3.4 L V8 engine also produced more power, delivering 270 hp to the rear wheels and reaching 62 mph in just 5.6 seconds.
13 1978 Ferrari 308 GTS ($45,000)
This is a truly classic car that greatly influenced the development of the first Ferrari supercar in the form of the 288 GTO and is considered to be one of the best sports cars of the 70s. Although the 2.9 L V8 engine isn’t very powerful with a mere 237 horsepower, it still can provide you with the thrill of driving a Ferrari.
12 2001 Ferrari 360 Modena ($45,000)
A serious sports car from the late 90s with an all-aluminum space frame chassis that was lighter and stronger than its predecessors. It also has a 3.6 L V8 engine that puts out 395 horsepower and can reach 62 mph from a dead stop in 4.98 seconds while looking awesome.
11 1981 Ferrari 400i ($49,000)
It may not look much like other Ferraris, but the 400i is still a powerful sports car which sports a 4.8 L V12 engine mounted on the front that develops 306 horsepower to help the car reach 149 mph. Also, the use of fuel injection reduced the net engine output, but it also helped a lot with fuel consumption and reducing emissions.
10 1990 Ferrari 348 ($49,000)
This mid-engine two-seater sports car is a true icon of the 90s with its aggressive looks and serious performance. It has the honor of being the final V8 Ferrari developed under the direct supervision of the legendary Enzo Ferrari. The 3.4 L engine was capable of developing 296 hp, which let the car reach a top speed of 166 mph.
9 1999 Ferrari 456 GTA ($50,000)
The successor to the 400i and 412 series, 456 GTA is also a front-engine V12 grand tourer that uses a rare and unorthodox hydraulic automatic transmission. But make no mistake, the car was blisteringly fast with a top speed of 192 mph and a 0-60 mph time of just 4.8 seconds.
8 1975 Dino 208 GT4 ($53,500)
Initially named after Enzo Ferrari’s perished son, the Dino 208 GT4 didn’t wear a Ferrari badge up until 1976. Still, It was a groundbreaking product for Ferrari. The 2.0 L V8 engine, smallest V8 engine to date, could develop 140 horsepower and take the car to 137 mph, which is more than enough for a 45-year-old classic.
7 1998 Ferrari F355 Berlinetta ($58,500)
The F355 isn’t just a face-lifted 348, but rather a whole new car with much better performance and more flexibility. This means you can actually use this car for your daily commute, although it can go from 0 to 62 in just 4.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 183 mph thanks to its 3.5 L V8 engine with a net output of 375 hp.
6 1999 Ferrari F355 GTS ($58,500)
The F355 GTS is essentially an F355 with a removable hardtop roof that could be stored inside the vehicle behind the passenger seats. And just like the F355, these were the first Ferraris with the option of an F1 style transmission system with paddle shifter behind the wheel, which was a novelty in the mid-90s.
5 1973 Lamborghini Jarama S ($62,500)
A Lamborghini specifically designed for the US market, this is the car the founder of the company chose to have. The Jarama is a fully analog car that uses a 3.9 L V12 engine with 6 Weber carburetors to produce 365 horsepower and help it reach a top speed of 162 mph.
4 1973 Lamborghini Espada Series III ($69,500)
Maybe not the best-looking Lamborghini ever, but the Espada is a proper 4-seater GT car that is instantly recognizable due to its unique exterior design and aluminum interior trimming. The power plant, a 3.9 L V12 engine that is shared with the Jarama and the Miura, delivered 321 hp to rear wheels using manual or automatic transmission.
3 2004 Lamborghini Gallardo ($72,000)
With over 14000 units built, Gallardo is without a doubt Lamborghini's most successful product and one of the best sports cars ever produced. The first proper Lambo in our list has a 5.0 L V10 engine able to deliver 493 hp to slingshot this gorgeous coupe from null to 62 mph in just 4.2 seconds.
2 1985 Lamborghini Jalpa ($95,000)
The first Lambo to use a V8 engine was designed by the same team that came up with the legendary Countach but was supposed to be a more affordable, entry-level sports car. The 3.5 L V8 engine produces 250 hp, giving this stylish 80s exotic sports car a top speed of 155 mph and 0-62 mph acceleration time of 6.0 seconds.
1 2008 Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder ($98,000)
The convertible or "Spyder" variant of Gallardo was unveiled in 2006 by Lamborghini as a completely new model. A retractable soft top and a more powerful power plant to compensate for the lost aerodynamic efficiency are its biggest distinctions, with a 0-62 mph time of just 4.7 seconds, thanks to its 513 hp engine.