Miatas are gateway drugs to Boxsters. Just so you know To keep it under $10K, and a true sports car, an old Miata is the obvious choice. I am fortunate to own an M2 and a Boxster. The Boxster is the essence of a sports car. But it’s a Porsche, so you pay along the way. Value is going up though. I caught my 987 at the bottom of its depreciation cycle two years ago. There are now very few of those $10K 986s, they are going up as well.