Why not go for a late-mid 90's MR2 Turbo? Or perhaps try and Celica GTS and adjust the steering wheel and seat level this time..?
For the late-mid 90's MR2 Turbo: I want to buy new (one year old max) and I'm not looking for incredible speed. This car felt just right in terms of Performance. The Celica's are nice, but I'm not 100% thrilled with the body design, and the interior just feels cramped. Ya gotta get a car that looks perfect to you and feels perfect to drive. Also, the Spyder's handling and visibility was better than the GT, to me. On a final note, I'm not a fan of 6-speed.
know the MR2's were a hassle to work on and kind of expensive, don't imagine much has changed, plus always having a rag top may not be that great.. then again I'm not much of a convertible fan.
I'm not going to be doing any mods on this, maybe a roll bar and momo shift knob, but that's it. I also take my truck to an auto-shop out here that's been nothing but great to me and my family for five years now, so the most I'll be doing is an oil change, but one thing to keep in mind is that the Spyder actually has a Celica engine. I LOVE convertibles!