This is why we live in the best time for driving. The roads are restricted, gas is expensive and cars are becoming numbing transportation pods, but you can buy a BMW E30 or an Alfa GTV6 for peanuts and go tear up twisting country roads whenever you have a free weekend.

The roads in question are the legendary byways of North Carolina and Virginia: Tail of the Dragon, Diamondback, Devil's Staircase, Moonshiner, Blue Ridge Parkway. The cars are a 1989 BMW 325i and a 1983 Alfa Romeo GTV6, owned by the fine folks at MotoringConBrio and Automobiliac, respectively.

Turn up the volume and start checking your local Craigslist for a classic rear-drive-coupe like one of these two. You're only a few thousand bucks away from driving heaven.