Japanese Barn Finds

Skeleton Car? 1978 Datsun 280Z

As some of you know, I’ve been helping to clear out a stash of vehicles from a property in Georgia. One the models we have several of (and that has proven popular in terms of how many we’ve sold)… more»

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True Mileage Unknown: 1988 Toyota Pickup 4WD V6

Out of all the compact to mid-size pickups sold, Toyota’s pickup (known as the Hilux in global markets) is the best at holding its value. Most of these trucks saw hard use on a regular basis, so very few… more»

Always Garaged: 1973 Datsun 240Z

Datsun’s first-generation Z-car is an incredibly popular vehicle among collectors, especially the 240Z model, which was the first of the Z cars sold. It should come as no surprise that the seller of this 1973 Datsun 240Z that is… more»

Stored For 31 Years: 1976 Dodge Colt Wagon

Looking literally like a captive instead of just a captive import, this 1976 Dodge Colt wagon is a barn find according to the seller. It has been parked since 1989 and that 31 years of being out of the… more»

15K Mile C-Package Survivor: 1993 Mazda Miata

While Mazda Miatas with low mileage aren’t exactly uncommon, we don’t often see them wearing white paint with butterscotch leather interiors. This is a C-package car, which placed the emphasis on luxury rather than rawness, and some would consider… more»

Thirty Year Garage Find: 1978 Datsun 280Z

Considering all of the financial angst that Nissan is encountering these days, it makes one wonder if they wish they could return to the days of the “Datsun” nameplate when they had selling power and market share. And part… more»

6K Mile 1989 Chrysler Conquest TSi

When the Chrysler Conquest, a badge-engineered version of the Mitsubishi Starion, was introduced in 1984, a well-known magazine editor opined if the name “Conquest” was really appropriate for an import. The Starion, itself, was introduced in ’82 with the… more»

Rare Shiro Special: 1988 Nissan 300ZX Turbo

This 1988 Nissan 300ZX Turbo is one of the very few Shiro Specials ever made, yet another entry into the all-white-special-editions that many Japanese manufacturers produced in the 1980s. Just over 1,000 Shiros were made, and they came with… more»

Kei Convertible! 1992 Suzuki Cappuccino

The word “kei” in Japanese has multiple meanings and translations to English, but kei cars are synonymous with compact bodies and small engines, that get good fuel economy and fit into tight spaces. This particular one is up for… more»

Fuel Injected & AC: 1993 Suzuki Samurai JL

Suzuki’s Samurai found success in global markets as the Jimny, but unfortunately, that was not the case in the United States. Partially due to its cheaper price tag, the Samurai originally outsold its most notable competitor, the Jeep Wrangler…. more»

Dream Bike: 1966 Honda CA77 305 Dream

As kids, we all had that one friend who always had nicer things than we did. They had nicer clothes, a nicer house, a nicer bicycle, and even more painful, a nicer motorcycle. This 1966 Honda CA77 305 Dream… more»

Turbocharged Survivor: 1991 Toyota MR2 Turbo

This 1991 Toyota MR2 is the desirable turbocharged model with the rare fixed hardtop roof. Many of these second generation MR2s sported T-top roofs, making the combination of having the turbocharged engine and fixed roof a sought-after form of… more»

One-Owner Survivor: 1977 Datsun 280Z

As the final first-generation Datsun Z models, the 280Z is the least expensive route into owning this seminal sports car, but they are rising in value quickly these days. Like most sports cars, spotless and well-kept examples are hard… more»

All-Original 5K Mile 1972 Honda CB350

There are certain vehicles that are just the right size, not too small, not too big. Ones that aren’t too slow, and aren’t too fast. They aren’t too… well, you get the point. This 1972 Honda CB350 is one… more»

Nicest One Left? 1986 Isuzu P’up Turbo Diesel

All I can say is, WOW! This truck may not appeal to everyone but to those of us who are wicked huge vintage Japanese vehicle fans, and also pickup fans, not to mention fans of box-checking-vehicles… WOW! Anyone looking… more»

29K Mile Targa: 1993 Honda del Sol Si

The Honda Civic del Sol Si is one long name and if you break it down, at least the last part, it’s “of the sun yes” which makes no sense. I’m kidding, of course, the Si isn’t meant to… more»