Why does everyone try to adjust for inflation and always forget to adjust the value of how specs in the past would force the car to have to be the same value or LOWER now due to advances in technology and the current competitive numbers of the market segments...
I wouldn't pay more than $20k for a 140hp mid engined small car now, no matter how hot it LOOKED.
You ALWAYS have to include increases in technology when considering the price of a modern-day version of an old car if you're going to keep the specs the same as the old car.
Case and point: The new BASE civic is better equipped than the 1996 EX (the $16000 THEN one). It has better power, better mileage, and better amenities, more room, better materials and looks, etc. Yet the new base is only $1000 more? Adjust that for inflation and tell me what you get and how it makes sense.
Inflation for $16000 1996 to now: $22641. Equivalent value of $18000 now back then: $12707.