Each year, there are tiny cars you may never knew existed becoming legal for import to the US as their 25 year import ban expires. Kei cars, limited in power, displacement and size, are afforded special tax breaks in Japan to promote space, fuel consumption, and emissions economy. To compete in this category, manufacturers had to get creative and the result is a lot of cool in some little cars. Find this 1990 Daihatsu Mira Turbo Tr-XX Limited for sale in Marion, IA for $6,499 via craigslist.
In 1990, Japanese Kei cars received a bump in displacement from 550cc to 660cc. While limited to 63 HP, these cars can get around in fine fashion because, of course, they don't weigh much. The addition of forced induction means that much of this power is present throughout the torque curve.
The upsides to ownership are plentiful, though. Curious onlookers? Check. 8K+ redline? You got it. Parking? Too easy. Functional hood scoop? Oh, yeah. Dimensions that make a new Mini seem like a battleship? Present. Shoot, this little hatch even has A/C.