"Best" is in quotes for a reason, let me explain.
Years ago I autoXed. Life got in the way and I haven't been on a course in over a decade. It was an absolute blast and I'm getting the itch.
My fox is pretty capable. Has good brakes and I just threw a slew of MM goodies at it. But the car is too nice, too heavy , too street focused and really my cruiser as that's what I want it to be. Full interior, power seat, A/C, dynomat, etc.
So I want to pick up a cheap fox/sn95 and just have fun with it. No major mods, perhaps gut the interior and install spare parts I have now. I have a set of cobra brakes, so I was leaning SN95 as it's an easier mod vs a full 5-lug on a fox. SN95 are stiffer, wider track and I've also seen ragged out 94-98 Cobra selling pretty cheap. Needs paint, trashed interior and wheels etc. fox in my area still pull decent money, but for some reason you can find a 94 cobra for cheap.
So, given the desire for minimum initial outlay and minor modification over time, what platform would you start with? This will be a trailer car, so no street concessions need to be made. My main desire is to have fun and maybe get the kids involved with me as they get older.
Don't say Miata. I've seen first hand what they can do but but for the moment let's focus on 87-04 mustangs.
--1988 Mustang LX 5.0--