The only requirement is that it’s gotta go around corners. Yeah, you can probably round up a 454, 6-71, TH400 and big rear axle to hang under some crapcan for that kind of money, but that’s just too easy. We’re headed back to Buttonwillow, fastest lap times take home the gold.
Being, well, me, I immediately thought Fox body. Hunt down the cheapest stickshift roller 5.0 car you can get (a little over $2 grand it seems), drop in a cam and other high-rev parts, then go wild with suspension bits and a set of sticky tires. It won’t get you any dates, but we can rely on your natural charm for that, right?
Other obvious rivals include assorted Camaros (hard to find with a stick or make handle well), turbo AWD DSMs (Eclipse, Talon, Laser), or…ummm…well, that’s where you come in. Get to it.
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