This will be the final international Used Car Face-Off for a while because as I do more research, I discover that there are very few niche markets which are covered equally by America, Europe, and Asia, and trying to match them can sometimes be a bit of a faff. That is especially evident today as we see here an American personal luxury coupe, a German grand tourer, and a more sports-oriented Japanese touring luxury coupe. Which will be your posh four seat cruiser for under $7k?

The first contestant: 1997 Lincoln Mark VIII - $4600

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This Lincoln is arguably the least prestigious of the bunch but is also the cheapest. It also sports the least miles, is the cleanest, and is likely the easiest to repair and most reliable. While its looks aren’t for everyone, who can deny that this was the pinnacle of American personal luxury in the ‘90s with its plush leather seats and big 4.6L RWD V8 powertrain?

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The second contestant: 2005 Mercedes CL55 AMG - $6700

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For just over $2k more over the pristine Lincoln you can have this slightly spoilt Merc. While the wheels probably aren’t to everyone’s tastes, the car seems generally solid with 140k miles and the V8 is likely (barely) more reliable than the V12. It’s definitely a risk, and you could end up like either Tavarish (if you replaced the wheels) or Clarkson (with a burnt out coil pack), depending on how the car turns out to be.

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The third contestant: 1991 Eunos Cosmo 13B Type-E - 598000 yen (~$5300)

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If the Merc was a risk, then this Mazda would be a serious gamble. With only 78k km (~48k miles), this one does not have the famed 20B three rotor, settling for a twin turbo two rotor instead. Still, that means fewer gaskets to replace, less gas to be used, and less oil to be consumed. Does the hassle of shipping it over as well as the unspecified mechanical condition lead you to worry?

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