We all do it,  browsing the classifieds and spending imaginary money filling up the garage. Pistonheads have the 100k fantasy budget, but while the answer to ‘what car to buy?’ is miata, we got to thinking – what is the silliest thing you can buy with MX-5 money? The beauty of the MX-5 is that, whatever your budget, there’s an MX-5 for you.

Only got £1500 to spend? Fine, maybe a Mk1 or 2 with some miles.
Looking to drop £25,000 on an all singing, all dancing, futureproofed weekend machine? Perfect, let’s pop you in a Mk4 or RF! Or even a Mk3.5 with plenty of ‘go faster’ bits on it.

For the purposes of this test let’s set the ceiling at £15,000 – enough to get you into the best of the used cars, but also a convincing price where there’s plenty of alternatives. Let’s look at what else you can get for the money, and what’s the silliest thing you can get?


BMW M6 – £14,390

First out of the gate and we’re not messing around. It’s got a V10. This 2005 BMW M6 has some 86,000 miles but that’s ok in exchange for a screaming exhaust note and big, fat, skids! Check it out HERE.


Group N AE86 – £14,999

For the price of a lightweight sports car you could buy a lightweight sports car! An FIA certified and ready to go race car, with a heritage to match (maybe even beat) that of the MX-5? A no brainer! Would you pick this off road hero? Click HERE to read more.


Jaguar XKR – £11,750

Another big bruiser with miles, but a lot of car for the money! Although weighing almost double the MX-5 it has near four-times the power, a worthy sacrifice for the low weight and balance of an MX-5? Take a look HERE.


Bayliner – £7,995

Perhaps the silliest thing you can buy with MX-5 money until this point was s fast car with miles, but how about a boat! A more in depth scour reveals some fun toys, and although you cant take it to the shops as easily this makes the perfect vehicle for a river-adjacent commuter. Maybe a touch niche, but it’s still an option for weekend fun with MX-5 money! Sail the Seven seas HERE.


Jacuzzi Boat – $15,000

Ok so it’s in dollars but it’s silly and it’s within budget. For those who want an experience more expensive and less comfortable than the previous offering, look no further. It’s silly but for the wrong reasons look HEREif you’re inclined. Onward.


8×8 Armoured communication vehicle – £14,000

Silly? Yes. Bothered? No. For MX-5 money you could be powering around in this armoured Russian BTR-60 Communications vehicle. Decomissioned military gear is something we’d all like in our toy cabinet, and this might be the best. Start dreaming of your go-anywhere adventures HERE. It’s fully amphibious as well so it’s the perfect holiday vehicle if you like camping in the middle of nowhere / a river.


Napoleonic era Field Artillery Cannon – £15,000

It’s at the top end of our budget, and probably very nice, if you’re into that sort of thing. This is about as silly as it gets for the same price as an MX-5, take a look HERE.


Having reached the far edge of the silly spectrum we’ve come full circle to realise that the silliest thing you can buy for MX-5 money is anything that’s not an MX-5! If you’re thinking about it, buy one. And if you’ve got one just be glad you don’t have anything listed above, you’ve made the right choice!


Now get out and drive, something you can’t do if you spent all of your budget on a cannon…


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