Past masters and wild cards
As above, the turmoil of the starter drift car space has chewed up and spat out the vast population of Omegas, Scorpios, Sierras, Skylines, Silvias, older BMWs and many more, but some do come up. Scour the classifieds on a regular basis to find yourself a rarefied gem.
If you’re feeling brave, Jaguar S-Types are an option, albeit with next to zero aftermarket support and sketchy reliability prospects. The same goes for rear-driven Mercs. A final word goes to, of all things, the Ford Ranger. Lower-sitting rear-driven examples are known to come with limited-slip differentials. Yes, a welded diff is the done thing but you can’t deny the idea of a drifted-out Ranger sounds cool. Go this route at the mercy of parts and aftermarket support but the rewards of kudos in the paddocks could be plentiful. The truth is, if you can get power to the rear wheels, through a manual ‘box, there’s half a chance you can use it to start your sideways career.
As you’ll have gathered, the popularity of the drifting space has left the market for budget-friendly skid missiles relatively thin. The glory days of Sierras you could buy on a bank account overdraft are long behind us. That said and as above, if you’re committed enough to the cause, you’ll find your chariot and find a way. God speed.