Originally Posted by SGladwell
If you can fit, the current Lotus Elise is the only current sports car under (or over) $100k that's sold in the USA and worth mentioning. If it's officially out yet, the Tesla Roadster might have a shot at the title, too.
As for vintage cars, how about a Lotus Elite, Lotus Elan (RWD), Lotus Europa, Austin Healey 100/4, or a Mk. I/Mk. II Miata.
But the original thread stated, "Your choices should be based not just on performance, but looks, cost, maintenance costs, etc"
I know two people that have Lotus Elise's and they are highly impractical. They can't be driven long distances, are very sparse, loud, unforgiving, the build quality is rather low, it is a tight fit for anyone over 6' 2" and they aren't incredibly reliable.