Japanese Classic Cars

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Mid-Engine Gullwing: 1993 Autozam AZ-1

No matter the size of the vehicle, the horsepower, or the value, there aren’t many features that will gather a crowd like having a set of gullwing doors open while you’re getting gas or at a car show. This… more»

Original Paint: 1974 Datsun 260Z Survivor

Datsun needed a hit when the 240Z landed on American shores in late 1969.  Called the Fairlady Z in their home market, this handsome sports car with a silky smooth inline six under the hood was the right car… more»

Gas Miser: 1992 Geo Metro Convertible

The elfish Geo Metro amounted to one of the nine lives of the Suzuki Cultus, a car that was badged variously as the Suzuki Swift, the Chevy Sprint, and the Pontiac Firefly from 1985 to 1989. General Motors, partnering… more»

Upcoming Classic? 1982 Mazda 626 Coupe

By the 1960s, the American consumer understood exactly what a no-frills economy car was, thanks to Volkswagen. The import scene became a real brawl: Toyota brought us the Crown, then the Corona, Volvo the PV444, then the 140 series,… more»

1996 Toyota HiAce Bambee Diesel Camper

As the years roll by, the US rule allowing a person to import a foreign car so long as it is more than 25 years old is bringing ever more interesting metal onto our shores. From Japan, we’re seeing… more»

Rare Series 1: 1971 Datsun 240Z

In the world of Z cars, the holiest of grails is the unrestored Series 1 that has no rust and hasn’t been modified. This particular 1971 Datsun 240Z is almost that car, save for an unfortunate respray to a… more»

Still In The Crate: 2002 Kawasaki KX250 L4

The term mint-in-box is something I hadn’t heard before I started using eBay back in the mid-1990s. We’ve seen around a dozen motorcycles still in the crate here, but this 2002 Kawasaki KX250 L4 is as close to being… more»

Celestial Arrow: 1978 Plymouth Arrow GT

Every now and then I see a Mitsubishi on the road and wonder why they never seemed to catch on in the U.S., much the same as when Suzuki offered four-wheeled passenger vehicles here. They both were the basis… more»

Make an Offer: 1978 Toyota Land Cruiser

Rarity claims for any classic must be taken at face value unless a seller holds documentary evidence supporting their belief. Such is the case with this 1978 Toyota Land Cruiser. The seller describes its paint shade as rare, and… more»

BF Auction: 1970 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40

UPDATE – The seller has a 2011 Chevrolet LS V8 engine they had intended to install in the FJ, while not included, a deal could be arranged to include it and any of the parts the seller has acquired… more»

Desert Survivor! 1969 Datsun 1600 Roadster

Logging the acceleration of the Japanese motorcar industry in the 1960s is a reminder of a competitor that seemingly came out of the blue. Of course, progress wasn’t a straight line: things started haltingly over at Datsun in the… more»

California Truck: 1992 Toyota Land Cruiser

This 1992 Toyota Land Cruiser is attracting decent bids despite being an early model project. The 80-Series is riding a bit of a roller coaster right now, with a big run-up in prices during the pandemic as consumers began… more»

Peking To Paris Anyone? 1982 Mazda 626

Here’s an unusual one for you, a 1982 Mazda 626, not exactly Barn Finds standard stock-in-trade, that’s done up for the famous 8,700-mile Peking to Paris Motor Challenge. This example never raced as the event was canceled and it… more»

Simply Stunning: 1978 Datsun 280Z

Datsun often claimed that the Jaguar E-Type did not influence it when designing its Z-Car range, although a brief look at the styling and engineering makes that statement hard to fathom. They shared many of the same styling cues,… more»

Oklahoma Farm Find: 1965 Datsun L320 Pickup

When I think of a farm or ranch in Oklahoma and what pickup could be hidden there, I think of Ford or Chevy as most people would. After all, it’s a rugged state filled with rugged people doing rugged… more»

Two-Stroke 4×4: 1972 Suzuki LJ20

The Toyota Land Cruiser gets a lot of love in the vintage truck community, often propped up as the ultimate old-school SUV. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with those claims, as it is a beast off-road and a smart… more»