Dream machines like Lamborghinis and Bugattis are incredible cars, but there’s a lot more to owning them than just driving and maintenance. On top of their astronomical prices and high cost of upkeep, flashy cars attract a crowd wherever they go. Inevitably, people will want to photograph them, ride in them, race them, talk about them, or any combination of these things. An outing in a sports car can easily turn into an unwanted spectacle whether it’s on the racetrack or at the grocery store.
That’s what makes sleeper cars so satisfying: They offer all the performance without any of the trappings. Besides a much lower profile, sleeper cars deftly avoid the baggage that comes with owning a flashy car. People usually wonder what owning a bright green Lamborghini Gallardo says about the driver, and a police officer is much more likely to go after a speeding Lambo then they are something like a late-model Mercury sedan.
Sleeper cars prove that some of the best machines on the road can be forgettable looking cars with styling so mundane you could lose them in a parking lot. Most sleepers have an everyman quality to them, a look that says daily driver while just below the surface lies a car that can go toe-to-toe with the best. For many drivers, there’s an immense satisfaction in driving a car that looks slower than it really is – and then showing up someone in a flashier, more expensive car.
They may not look like much, but here are 10 sleeper cars that made a name for themselves as the car you’d least suspect.