eBay Challenge: Best Car To Surprise A First Date For Less Than $15,000

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We all know that cars are more than just mere forms of transportation and can start fantastic relationships, if only to break the ice. That’s why this week, your challenge is to find the car that would surprise a first date, under a $15k budget. I’ll pick you up at eight.


Here are the rules:

  • One entry per post.
  • 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 most surprising first date car for less than $15,000.

Start here and find a car that will leave a lasting impression on your date’s parents, for better or worse.

Tavarish is the founder of APiDA Online and writes and makes videos about buying and selling cool cars on the internet. He owns the world’s cheapestMercedes S-Class, a graffiti-bombed Lexus, and he’s the only Jalopnik author that has never driven a Miata. He also has a real name that he didn’t feel was journalist-y enough so he used a pen name and this was the best he could do.

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Assuming the “date-ee,” as it were, knew anything about cars, this would be an easy challenge. Car people look for badges. They’ll see an “M” or pick out the “AMG” on the trunk lid. They would know what a kompressor model is. Personally, lord knows I just want somebody who will see my V12 badges without them being pointed out AND LOVE ME FOR IT GODDAMMIT!



I’ve gotten off topic. The spirit of the challenge is a vehicle of design. Something that makes an impression aesthetically, and is undoubtedly a “nice car” to use the muggle terminology. My assumptions are they won’t be quoting horsepower figures, give a crap if its FWD, RWD, AWD, or otherwise, and probably will be oblivious to makes, models, or years of vehicles. And we need to conscious of color, black over black seems to intimidate I’ve found.

So, how about this. Pearl white metallic over creme leather. The electric luminescence of blue HID lamps and the vibrant glow of a neon rear light cluster. Swirling chrome rims, soft leather seats, and a nice wide door to make a point about how you’ve been so chivalrous to open such a big, heavy, unwieldy thing.

Yes, it’s a 1998 Lincoln Mark VIII LSC! BIN: $7,995, and that leaves plenty of money for a professional detail because it is filthy in there.

Indeed, indeed! It won’t bore you and your date is gonna love it! Look at it! Sleek and low slung, they won’t know if it’s a sports car or a luxury car, but it will impress on both fronts! The point is to avoid buying something with a badge that a snob is going to be able to recognize, because that’s too easy. You want to get the point across that you have class? BOOM! There you go. You want enough power and size to assert your dominance on the road? I’ve got you covered! You want to make sure the person you’re out with can’t touch the radio or climate controls? They’re tilted quite noticeably in the driver’s direction! It can’t miss!

p.s. Can I issue a personal challenge? The Mazda Miata shouldn’t win because it’s cute and says “Look how much practicality I sacrifice on the daily to be fun!” Challenge yourselves people!