This is tough. In reality there are probably at least half a dozen iconic Japanese cars I’d have in my shed tomorrow, given a modest funding boost. And no, I’m not talking stuff that is made of unobtanium, like the Mazda Cosmos and (increasingly) first-gen Honda NSXs of this world.
Anything with a strong motorcycle connection always gets my attention – you only have to look in my shed to see why – so a Honda S2000 gets an instant vote. I know they tend to be a high-stepping powerplant that doesn’t always win fans, but for someone used to 10,000-plus redlines, that’s not a negative. Quite the opposite. And I just like the overall packaging of the things – early MX-5 with just a hint of roid rage. How much? Everyone seems to have their pet theory on what a good one is worth. However somewhere around $20-30k would pull it up.