Buy a Merkur Scorpio.
I recently found a black 89 Scorpio on CL. It has a manual trans, 79,000 miles, and according to the it doesn't run because, as the owner wrote "I took the water pump off when I was converting it to an electric cooling fan.". I've always liked Merkur. Well at least since I heard of it. To me the Scorpio is everything Ford wanted the gen 1 Taurus to be but couldn't make it because it had to be more main stream. The ad doesn't mention price but i'd say 1-2,000.
These picks aren't from the ad they're from Google.
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