302 HP / 302 LB-FT

The first car on our list also sets the recipe for just about every car you’ll see as you read on: V8 power, 2000s vintage. The C43 AMG was one of the very early efforts by Mercedes’ tuning arm to be sold in the U.S. Just cresting the 300-hp barrier, it offered really thrilling performance for such a staid-looking sedan, too. The NADA guide pegs this one at only a few hundred bucks under our target price, and I’d expect that value to go up, not down, in the next few years – even when it’s a weird one, everyone likes a sporty Benz.