Japan is an island the size of California located on the other side of the globe. Yet their immense influence on car culture has such a broad grasp that even today we look to many Japanese makes with wide-eyed nostalgia and reverence. This week's challenge is to find the best examples Japan has to offer, on eBay, for less than a $15,000 budget.

Here are the rules:

  • Selections aren't limited to simply 'cars' (kit cars, trucks, and military/commercial vehicles included)
  • Cars must have a realistic selling price under $15,000.
  • Cars must be operable/easily restored to running condition.
  • Completed and sold listings can be included.
  • You can add modifications, as long as it doesn't go over the total budget.
  • Write a short reason why your car is the best Japanese car for less than $15,000.

Now go find a car that proves you CAN have a fast, cheap and reliable mode of transport.

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I'll arrange the best selections afterwards. You have until the end of the weekend.