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Sports car on a budget

Here's a thread for the financially savvy - the sports car of your life on a budget, a.k.a. have your cake and still eat it.

I love cars and driving but I hate the financial liability and depreciation attached to them. But I need a midlife car next year as everything I had so far was "reasonable" - low value, low depreciation... low fun.

My plan is to get a nice sports car, drive most of the Swiss Passes and visit some track days and then sell the car again after the season is over. It's a finite budget for a finite amount of fun - this way I'll have my cake and can eat it too. Please tell me if is doesn't work like this and I'm running into a trap

Advice would be welcome from the petrol-head of you to find something suitable, or better said, to avoid the lemons that are unsellable afterwards.

Requirements:
- must be an absolute driver's car (=RWD, 200+ HP). Doesn't need 400-700 BHP as chances of losing one's license is relatively high already.
- budget around 10k (purchase minus resale value). Purchase limit ~40k CHF.
- time limit 1 season (April to October)
- must be able to seat an 1-yr-old in the back and the missus in the front. I understand that they probably don't want ride along 90% of the time, but it's one less argument if they could.
- sports auto gearbox with paddles
- fairly recent chassic (2010 upwards)

I've put these things into AutoScout and it gave me 48 pages of results :-)

My shortlist so far:
- Mazda MX5 Miata: I test-drove a brand new full-spec RF last year and it was fabulous. You can floor it in 2nd gear uphill and you feel like being super fast at 80kph. Lot of fun, hardly any fuel consumption. Doesn't fit 4, though.
- Porsche's - There's so many flavors I need a week of reading to find out which is the one I need. Any guidance from here?
- BMW series - 135i, M235i, 33x Coupé/Cabrio, 435. How about non-M models?
- Mercedes doesn't hit me as a "drivers' car"
- US brands (Camaro, Challenger, Mustang)?

What about not buying?
- Does SIXT and Co. have any sports car for a reasonable price for 4 months?
- What about Carvolution/Galaxus?
- What about sports car leasing companies if you know any?

Any advice would be welcome.
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