10 Costly Sports Cars That Aren’t Worth Your Money

10 Costly Sports Cars That Aren’t Worth Your Money

One of the biggest drawbacks to sports car ownership can be the sports car prices that come with it. Quite a lot of sports cars are fairly expensive. This is especially the case when those sports cars come from a hugely prestigious brand, like Ferrari or Lamborghini. Some are so expensive for what they give you that you might be wondering whether it’s worth paying all that money. Classic sports cars can be worth the expensive price tag, but sometimes those classics are incredibly underwhelming and come with a lot of issues.


While it is the case that sports car ownership is very much a privilege, that doesn’t mean that how much you’re paying for one and how much value for money you’re getting isn’t important. You have to sometimes question whether you could get something a lot better for the same price or cheaper. Or, perhaps even, whether that money would be better spent on something that isn’t a sports car.

10 Ferrari Mondial – $35,700

10 Costly Sports Cars That Aren’t Worth Your Money
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The Mondial is viewed by many as being an ugly duckling of the Ferrari family. This mid-engined 2+2 has a reputation for being slow, boring, and expensive to maintain. It also has some very odd proportions, due to the roofline having to be high at the back to accommodate rear passengers. Even improvements that Ferrari made to later models that made them less boring and slow didn’t shake its reputation.

Much like the Dino mentioned earlier, the Mondial is one of the cheaper ways into the expensive world of Ferrari ownership. You can pick up one in good condition for around $35,700. There’s a very good reason why they’re relatively cheap though, as generally, people don’t want them. There are plenty of better classic and modern sports cars you can buy for how much a Ferrari Mondial costs.

RELATED: Here’s Why The Ferrari Mondial Is Best Avoided By Gearheads

9 Ferrari 400 – $37,000

1981 Ferrari 400i 2 Cropped
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The Ferrari 400 is a car that’s often forgotten about. On paper, it should have been awesome. After all, it is a 2+2 grand tourer with a V12 engine! But, in reality, it wasn’t very good at all. It’s slow, and its angular looks are very much an acquired taste.

The 400 is another relatively affordable way into Ferrari ownership, with used examples being worth around $37,000. But, like other Ferraris on the cheaper end of things, there’s a very good reason why that is. Enthusiasts usually would rather not have anything to do with the 400. As with the Mondial mentioned earlier, there are several other better sports cars you can get for the same amount of money.

8 Ferrari Dino 208 GT4 – $39,100

Ferrari Dino 208 GT4
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The later iteration of the Dino series of Ferraris is part of Ferrari’s history that enthusiasts love to hate. Intended to be entry-level Ferrari models, they were (and still are!) often sneered at. This is especially the case for the 208 GT4. Due to the 308 GT4 being expensive to tax in Italy over its engine size, the 208 GT4 was a smaller-engined version that was intended to avoid that high tax bracket. The result was a very underpowered Ferrari that nobody was impressed by.

The Dino 208 GT4 is one of the cheapest ways into the usually incredibly expensive world of Ferrari ownership. One sold for £32,480 (around $39,100) back in 2016. That’s still fairly expensive though for an underpowered, underwhelming sports car that was only created to get around Italian car tax rules. If you really must have a Dino from this era, the 308 GT4 is the better choice.

7 DeLorean DMC 12 – $46,600

1981 DeLorean DMC-12 parked in a driveway with doors open
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The DeLorean DMC 12 has iconic status through its role as the hero car in the Back To The Future franchise. But, is it any good in reality? Unfortunately, the answer to that question is no. The DMC 12 was powered by a woefully underpowered version of the PRV V6 engine. This made it disappointingly slow. It’s also very difficult to keep a DMC 12 running, due to the relative lack of spare parts available.

The DeLorean has become a vaunted classic thanks to its fame on the silver screen. You’ll need to shell out around $46,600 to get one. But, considering how mediocre the car is in real life, it’s perhaps not worth it.

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6 Lamborghini Urraco – $55,400

1972-1979 Lamborghini Urraco
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On paper, the Lamborghini Urraco looks like a great car. It’s a 2+2 sports car that was designed by Marcello Gandini and was intended to be a cheaper model to rival the Ferrari Dino 308 GT4 and the Maserati Merak. But, when it came to the real world, the Urraco just wasn’t very good at all. While it was fairly practical and cheaper than its competitors, it was also noticeably underpowered. Even the most powerful P300 model only had 247 hp, which wasn’t enough compared to the 255 hp you could get from European versions of the Ferrari Dino 308 GT4.

A Urraco in good condition will cost you around $55,400. That sounds like a tall order, considering that it’s just not as good as the other classic Italian sports cars it was supposed to compete with. You’d be better off going for one of its rivals instead.

5 Ferrari 348 – $72,900

1989 Ferrari 348 - Front 3/4
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The 348 is a Ferrari model that goes forgotten, even by a lot of Ferrari enthusiasts. There is, unfortunately, quite a good reason why. The 348 is just nowhere near as good as the F355 that replaced it. It gained a reputation early on for poor build quality and unreliability, something which later improvements couldn’t shake.

You can pick up a 348 Berlinetta for around $72,900 on the used market. This makes it a relatively cheap Ferrari to get hold of. But, that’s because this particular Ferrari is one of Maranello’s most disliked creations. For the amount of money you need to pay to get one, it’s not worth it.

4 Lamborghini Jalpa – $74,500

Lamborghini Jalpa - Front
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The Jalpa is one of the most forgotten cars Lamborghini has ever produced. Intended to be a more affordable offering, it was powered by a V8 engine and was supposed to be easier to drive than the more expensive and exotic Countach. It being easier to drive than a Countach is the only plus point of the Jalpa, however. The Jalpa is expensive to maintain, and it doesn’t look nice at all.

A Jalpa in good condition will cost you around $74,500. Its high price is due to it being a particularly rare model. Only around 410 were ever made, and it didn’t get a successor after it was dropped. For a car that’s this odd-looking and has a reputation for being difficult and expensive to maintain, that is a lot of money to shell out!

3 Mitsuoka Orochi – $90,300

Mitsuoka Orochi
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Japanese company Mitsuoka is known for building quirky cars, and none are quirkier than the Orochi! Based on the Honda NSX, this car’s looks are odd, to say the least. Some people have found its bug-eyed exterior a bit horrifying! That’s somewhat of a shame, considering its NSX underpinnings theoretically make it very reliable.

The Mitsuoka Orochi was a very expensive proposition when it was new, and good examples are still expensive to get now. A 2009 example has popped up in the UK for £75,000 (around $90,300). Are the Orochi’s odd looks really worth that financial outlay? Very likely not.

RELATED: A Detailed Look At The Mitsuoka Orochi, One Of The Ugliest Cars Ever Made

2 Lamborghini Espada – $113,000

White White 1968 Lamborghini Espada Series I
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At first glance, there seems to be a lot going for the Lamborghini Espada. It’s a 2+2 with plenty of room for rear passengers. The trunk space in the rear is pretty decent, too. It also has a V12 engine. But, it’s not a great-looking Lamborghini from any angle due to its odd proportions. It’s also known to be very expensive to maintain.

An Espada in good condition is worth around $113,000 on the used market. That’s a lot of money to spend on a car that’s quite divisive in terms of its looks and how expensive it is to keep going after you’ve bought it.

1 Vector M12 – $128,000

M12 Front
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The Vector M12 is one of the oddest cars to have ever been produced. This American-Italian supercar was based heavily on the Lamborghini Diablo, as Vector and Lamborghini were both owned by Indonesian company Megatech at the time. It followed the incredibly quirky W8, which was one of the most advanced supercars of its day. Advanced is something that you couldn’t call the M12 though due to its pre-existing Lamborghini internals, and the only thing quirky about it was its wild exterior. It also had a very wild origin story, which included its creation being funded by lawsuits!

Due to its rarity value, examples of the Vector M12 sell for quite a lot of money whenever they pop up. A good condition example could set you back $128,000. It’s not a car that’s worth spending your money on unless you’re really into the Vector brand. Except for its crazy design, it doesn’t have the quirky appeal that’s made its W8 predecessor so loved among enthusiasts.

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