These '90s dream rides are all awesome, but how much are they worth today?
The 1990s were an interesting time. The Internet was just becoming a thing, boy bands were all the rage, and cars were finally starting to become cool again. The '70s and '80s were a dark time for the automobile, with emissions regulations mostly to blame for the (mostly) lame cars from those two decades. But things all changed when the 1990s rolled around. There were so many cars from this decade that we dreamed about and still long for today. As such we wanted to see how much our dream rides from the '90s cost today.
The Lamborghini Diablo lived a pretty long life (1990 to 2001), although just 2,884 examples were produced in that stretch. The Diablo was updated during its lifespan, but the cheapest model that we could find was an early 1991 model. The example that we found has just over 22,000 miles on it and is for sale for just under $160,000. This may seem like a lot to spend on a car, but the Diablo was $223,000 when new. This 1991 Diablo comes with the 5.7-liter V12 with 485 horsepower going to the rear wheels. You also get the signature Lamborghini scissor doors and a slick gated-manual transmission. Diablo values are on the rise and now is the perfect time to buy this '90s supercar icon.
If you loved the '90s and are absolutely sick of being alive then you really need to look at a first-generation Dodge Viper. The original Viper debuted as a 1992 model with an 8.0-liter 400-horsepower V10 engine. This beast of a car only weighed 3,284 pounds because it didn't have to carry around stupid features like traction control, anti-lock brakes, or even windows and a roof. Prices for these Vipers have reached rock bottom. We found a 1994 example with less than 10,000 miles on it for just $26,499 in Florida. It's even resale red! Due to its lack of a roof or windows the original Viper is not a very good daily driver. But you'll still have a ton of fun driving this old-school American beast.
There is no denying that the Acura NSX was one of the auto industry's biggest game changers. When Honda first unveiled the NSX in 1990, even Ferrari was nervous. The NSX was faster than a comparable Ferrari 348 and far more reliable. Used NSXs reached an absolute low point in value about a year and a half ago, but prices are now on the rise. Back then a clean NSX with a manual transmission could be had for less than $30,000, if you were lucky. But now you will be fortunate to find one for less than $40,000. We picked out a nice 1991 example that is for sale at Mercedes-Benz of Pleasanton in California. The NSX was over $60,000 back in the '90s, so buy one now while they are still relatively affordable.
Even though the Supra wore a Toyota badge it was never the cheap car that some people remember it as. Back in the 1990s the Supra Turbo was over $40,000 new, putting it in the same category as BMW's offerings. The fourth-generation A80 Supra was built from 1993 to 2002 and the pinnacle from that time period was the 320-horsepower twin-turbo model with the 2JZ engine. Prices for this generation Supra are all over the board, with some manual turbo models selling for close to $100,000. Even an automatic non-turbo model will set you back over $20,000, so these definitely aren't a "value." The Supra is a legendary car, and the price definitely reflects that.
The 993 generation 911 is arguably the best ever. This was the last air-cooled 911 and as a result values have been skyrocketing. A GT2 version of the 993 just recently sold for $1 million. The cheapest 993 that you can buy would be a Carrera convertible, but we recommend a coupe as an investment. We found a 1995 Carrera with a six-speed manual for just under $50,000. The car was just over 76,000 miles on it and is for sale at Dream Motorcars in Beverly Hills. The car comes with a 270-horsepower 3.6-liter flat-six engine which will give you that pure '90s Porsche experience.