Everyone seems to be talking about the 90s lately, and the decade has been all over social media trends and people are even throwing themed 90s parties now. While it may have been a time of bad fashion sense and cheesy boy bands, catchy as the songs may be, it was a magical time to be alive, and it produced some of the most popular cars on the scene today and even ushered in the JDM scene.
There were, of course, the amazing tuners we all know and love, such as the Toyota Supra and Nissan R34 Skyline, but there are some other stars of the 1990s that deserve some spotlight as well.
Today, we are looking at 24 cars from the 90s that were expensive when they first came out, but can be found for dirt cheap today. These cars were the dream cars of the 90s that everyone wanted but few could afford, and they featured the best style and luxuries that the 1990s had to offer. They may have been too expensive for the average person to buy when they first came out, but 20 years later they can be found in decent condition for a fraction of the original cost. Some of the models featured on the list today are still in production due to their wild success, while some were left behind after Y2K. Whatever the case may be, we are only looking at the models produced from 1990-1999; they went from being dream cars to easily obtainable cars.
24 BMW M3
The BMW M3 is one of the most popular models ever produced by BMW, and the 90s model has become a fan favorite over the years and is now even more popular than the current models.
Back in the 90s, an M3 would sell for about 41,390 dollars, which was really expensive for a sports car back in the day. Now, a 90s model M3 can be found for about 5,000 dollars, which is nothing compared to that original price tag.
23 Chevrolet Corvette C5
The Chevrolet Corvette has been around for decades, and it has been a legend on the car scene ever since it came out. In the 1990s, all of the rage was about the Corvette C5, and everyone either had one or wished that they did.
While it was a bit expensive when it first came out, selling for about 37,495 dollars, this 90s dream car can now be found today for just over 5,000 dollars, which is a very far cry from the original cost.
22 Porsche Boxster
The Porsche Boxster really changed the game for the Porsche brand, as it opened the door to more clients with its lower cost, selling for around 41,000 dollars. While that was still very expensive for a sports car at the time, it was still a lot cheaper than the other models available at the time.
It was a very iconic roadster for its time and was a car that everyone wanted, and while it was expensive back then, now it can be found for just under 5,000 dollars.
21 Mitsubishi 3000GT
The Mitsubishi 3000GT was one of those super iconic tuner cars from the 90s that are still coveted today. While it may have been overlooked at the time when it first came out, probably due to its 46,240 dollar price tag, it is now a lot more popular in the JDM tuner scene.
This is likely thanks to that price tag falling a little bit; the Mitsubishi 3000GT can be purchased for a lot cheaper today, usually running for just under 4,000 dollars, although it may need some repairs done at that price.
20 Buick Electra
Buick had a huge name back in the 90s and was known for their luxury, which is something they have been trying to return to recently. The Buick Electra was among the most luxurious cars of the 1990s and featured a supercharged V6 that was reasonably powerful.
The Buick Electra sold for about 35,000 dollars when it first made its debut, which was a pretty hefty price tag for the time. Today, the Electra can be found for just under 5,000 dollars.
19 Infiniti J30
Infiniti was still making a name for themselves back in the 1990s, which they have done pretty successfully so far. One thing they have been very consistent about is their attention to detail with luxury.
The J30 became a huge hit in the 90s but it was a little too expensive for most people to purchase, selling for about 33,500 dollars. The good news is, now the J30 can be found for just under 2,000 dollars, making it one of the most affordable 1990s dream cars on the list today.
18 Cadillac Brougham
Cadillac is known primarily for their luxurious vehicles, from cars to SUVs, and that is exactly what they were known for back in the 90s as well. The Cadillac Brougham is a prime example. One thing that always comes with luxury name brands, especially with cars, is a high price tag, as we see with the Brougham and its original 38,000 dollar price tag.
Of course, the car can now be found for a lot cheaper today, usually selling for around the 2,000 dollar mark.
17 Lincoln Continental Mk VII
Lincoln was a huge name in the luxury car scene back in the 1990s, and we can see why that was just by looking at the Lincoln Continental Mk VII. This car was easily one of the classiest cars of the 1990s, even with its high price tag of 30,o00 dollars.
The price tag was not crazy considering the Continental was considered a semi-affordable luxury car, but it can now be found for a lot cheaper today. The Continental Mk VII can be found now for around 2,500 dollars.
16 Chrysler TC
The Chrysler TC was a beautiful collaboration of speed and luxury and was one of the coolest cars of the early 1990s. It was a cross between a luxurious coupe and a sports car, and even featured an iconic convertible top, which of course was the coolest thing a car could have back in the 90s.
It had an original selling price tag of 35,000 dollars, which was pretty pricey, but not too bad considering how nice this car was. Now it can be found for around 2,000 dollars today.
15 Cadillac Allante
The Cadillac Allante was one of the most expensive cars on our list, with an original selling price of about 52,400 dollars. That price did come with a powerful V8 motor and, of course, a convertible top. The Alante was not the most popular car, most likely due to the expensive price tag, but it did manage to create some attention for itself.
Today, it can be found for around 6,000 dollars, which is still more expensive than most of the other cars we have looked at so far.
14 Lexus SC400
The Lexus Sc400 was a very popular sports car back in the 1990s, and it featured that classic 90s JDM body style that people have come to know and love. When the SC4o0 model first came out, it sold for about 45,570 dollars, which was very expensive for a sports car.
Understandably, it is still very popular on the tuner scene today and can be found for just under 3,000 dollars, which is a great price for such a nice looking car.
13 Mercedes-Benz SL600
Mercedes-Benz has always had a claim to fame on the luxury car scene, and in the 1990s their popularity was still increasing. The SL600 was one of the coolest and most expensive Mercedes models available in the 1990s, and it sold for 122,700 dollars.
It was a dream car for most with its sleek design and powerful V8 motor, and now it can easily be a reality, as the SL600 can be found today for just under 8,000 dollars, which is one of the biggest price changes we have seen.
12 Lotus Esprit
The Lotus Esprit was one of those cars that unfortunately flew under the radar for most, but those that knew of what it could do fell in love with it. However, it was still one of the most amazing sports cars of the 90s with its sleek and powerful design. It had an original selling price of 71,850 dollars, which was not terrible considering it was technically a supercar.
An Esprit can now be found for just under 20,000 dollars, which is still a decent and pretty fair price for this gem.
11 Nissan 300ZX
The Nissan 300ZX was another one of those iconic JDM tuner cars from the 1990s, and it is still just as popular and sought after as it was back in the day. The 300ZX had a sleek design that just screams 90s and a powerful twin turbocharged motor that is timeless.
It originally sold for about 33,500 dollars, which was a tad pricey but not too bad compared to other sports cars at the time. The 300ZX can now be found for just under 3,000 dollars.
10 Aston Martin DB7
Aston Martin has long been a huge name in the high-end luxury sports car world, and the DB7 has been a fan favorite for many years.
In the 1990s, the DB7 was one of the most famous cars, although not many people could actually afford its 125,000 dollar price tag. This classic model of the DB7 can now be found for as low as 28,000 dollars, which is a crazy bargain for something that is as classy and sleek as an Aston Martin.
9 Toyota MR2
The Toyota MR2 may have been slightly upstaged by the Supra, which is not the worst car to be outdone by. But the MR2 has made its own name in the auto scene (and with reason) with its one of a kind style and its turbocharged motor.
It was a cheaper sports car available by the auto titan Toyota, selling for about 14,898 dollars. If that seems a little bit on the cheaper side, that is nothing compared to the fact that they can be found now for just under 2,000 dollars.
8 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
The Corvette ZR1 was a staple in the 90s auto scene, due to its distinct style and the powerful V8 motor under the hood. The ZR1 was the top of the line Corvette at the time, and it is still highly sought after, or it was until the new Stingray took over, and it had a pretty expensive selling point of about 64,138 dollars.
Over the years, of course, the price has dropped and now all that power can be purchased for only around $18,000.
7 Lexus LS400
The Lexus LS400 was one of the most coveted luxury family sedans of the early 1990s and had a sleek style to it that was way ahead of its time. It featured a large V8 motor and was known for its reliability and power.
The LS400 used to sell for about 51,200 dollars, which made it a little too expensive for the average person to buy, but now they can be found for as low as 3,000 dollars, which is well worth it for this 90s icon.
6 Porsche 968
The Porsche 968 was a very popular sports car from the 90s due to its reasonably affordable price tag, or at least it was considered affordable for a Porsche. It had a price tag of about 39,950 dollars, which was not terrible but still a little too expensive for the time.
However, if the Porsche 968 was on your list back in the 90s, which it sure should have been with that sleek design and powerful V8, then you'll be happy to know that it can now be found for around 6,000 dollars.
5 GMC Yukon Denali
The GMC Yukon Denali has been around for a little while now, and it is still around today. It is one of the most expensive luxury SUVs on the market and it was the same way back in the 90s, with a price of around 43,075 dollars.
There was a large focus on the leather interior that featured all the tech of the 90s. While it was a little too expensive for the average consumer back in the 90s, one can be found now for just under 3,000 dollars.
4 Cadillac Escalade
The Cadillac Escalade has been known as one of the most luxurious SUVs on the market since the 90s, and they sure earned that title. It featured an interior that was ahead of its time and had a powerful and smooth design.
The design has not changed much over the years, and why bother changing something that works so well? The Escalade sold for about 46,225 dollars back in the 90s, and can be found for as low as 4,000 dollars today.
3 BMW 7 Series
The BMW 7 Series is one of the most popular BMW model lines when it comes to their sports sedans. The 7 Series was super popular in the 1990s, even with its extremely high price tag. The 7 Series sold for 92,100 dollars back in the 90s, and it came with a powerful motor and high-end leather interior, which was pretty much all we needed from our luxury sedans back then.
The 90s model 7 series is still one of the most popular models of BMW today and can be found for just under 9,000 dollars.
2 Bentley Arnage
Bentley is one of those brands that needs no introduction, and it feels expensive just to say the name. The Bentley Arnage was one of the most expensive models available in the 1990s, with a price tag of about 203,800 dollars.
The Arnage is not in production anymore, but it is still sought after by collectors. One can be found today for around 26,000 dollars, which is nothing compared to that original price.
1 Audi A8
Audi had to make it on the list at some point, as it was another one of the biggest names in luxury back in the 1990s, as it still is today. The Audi A8 was one of the most popular models in the 90s and it sold for around 57,400 dollars.
Back then, Audi was a bit more expensive than they are today, but the A8 model from the 90s can be purchased today for about 3,300 dollars, which is far more affordable than that original price.
Sources: nadaguides.com, carbuzz.com, highsnobiety.com