Hey Alex, great article! Can’t wait to follow you on this journey to Mexico. Cool lotus, did the door fall off? Congrats on quitting your stable job in order to drive a car to mexico, seems like a solid plan. Is that you with the crazy hair and the four season hotel beach ball in the first picture?! How long did it take you to grow that?!
as for my car suggestions, I think these are some cool options:
BMW E30 vert — you should definitely get a convertible to let the fro loose!
S2000 (may find a few in your budget, but it sounds like you want something not 100% reliable so maybe take japanese cars out of the question?)
Old boxter maybe?
Let me know what you think!!