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From the moment one can drive, and often long before that, it’s the American Dream for pretty much every guy. It’s the thing that has inspired dudes for generations to save the nickels, quarters, and Hamiltons they collected from newspaper routes, convenience store shifts, and summer camp gigs. It’s the be-all and end-all of status for any American male between the ages of 16-50. I’m talking, of course, about owning a sports car. Yup, that cool, sleek, futuristic-looking machine that always seems to bring bevies of hot girlfriends to hang on your arms and droves of other jealous dudes to gape at your prowess. The right sports car in a guy’s hands can change his life, making him think he’s “The Man” and opening up new fast tracks of opportunity if he knows how to seize them.

Just think about all the famous celebs that made their names (or became infamous) showing off their sports cars, race cars, or driving prowess. There’s Steve McQueen, the legendary Hollywood bad boy who was also quite a racer, Paul Newman, who was known for enjoying a little race here and there, and even Jay Leno, who has quite a collection to envy. Or how about James Dean, who infamously died in a terrible car crash by racing through an intersection in his Porsche on his way to… a car race?

But John Q. Public, meaning plain old you and me, can’t necessarily afford the Porsches, Mercedes-Benz’, and Ferraris of the world. So what do we do? How do we tap into the coolness quotient we so desperately crave? Fortunately, the answer to those questions is easy. You simply read on to discover the 15 sports cars you would kill to have but won’t have to because you and I can actually afford them. I suppose I should note, though — ALLprices in this article are base price. You want more than just a lot of horsepower, you’ll have to pay for it!

15. Chevy Camaro SS

We’ll start off our list with a car that actually makes sense and which the more astute among you will recognize for the true classic it is. Granted, the Camaro, that long-standing workhorse of Chevrolet’s sports-car division, has always been sort of a “poor man’s choice when it comes to fast rides. It really is the redheaded stepchild of Chevy’s own Corvette, which will always get accolades (and by the way, if anyone wants to loan me a ’68 Corvette Stingray, I will gladly take it off your hands). But I digress… The Camaro SS stacks up very nicely indeed for our purposes. First of all, it’s got Brembo brakes, which means you’ll be able to stop the damn thing even when you’re at cruising speed. And cruising speed shouldn’t be an issue in a car that has a 6.2 liter V-8 that tops out at 426 horsepower. That’s right, 426 horses can be yours for slightly under $33,000. So what are you waiting for?

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