A new JNC Wagon is on the horizon

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We are headed to San Francisco today to pick up what could be the next JNC Wagon. After nine years of service, our current one, a Cressida, is being taken off the road for some proper care. It has taken us all over the west coast, to nearly every show you’ve seen on this site, but it’s getting small and just a little bit worn out from SoCal’s harsh roads and sun. It needs some TLC. We’re scheduled to see the new car when we arrive tonight. If things go as planned we’ll be posting photos if the new ride tonight or tomorrow morning. Any guesses as to what it might be?

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KIDNEY, ANYONE? Plaid-tastic 1980 Dodge Challenger, aka Mitsubishi Galant Λ

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A 1980 Mitsubishi-built captive import Dodge Challenger has appeared on Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s Craigslist. Advertised as a one-owner, garage kept, car, it might be one of the finest examples left in the country.  Continue reading

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VIDEO: AE86 with historic plates confounds Roadkill host

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In a recent episode of Roadkill Extras, host David Freiburger is at Westech Performance in Mira Loma, California when he’s rendered utterly dumbfounded at the presence of an AE86 wearing California Historic Vehicle license plates. Turns out, it’s a car we featured back 2009 and is owned by our friend Dennis David.  Continue reading

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TUNE UP: Rich Chigga is back with another zokusha Skyline

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Indonesian rapper Rich Chigga is back with another video and more zokusha sleds. Though his previous video featured a white Kenmeri, his new track titled “Who That Be” features none other than a C210 Skyline Japan. If the car looks familiar to you, that’s because it also appeared in the Red Bull F1 video. Continue reading

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NEWS: Honda marks 50th anniversary of N360 with N-One appearance package

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50 years ago this month, Honda debuted the N360 at the 1966 Tokyo Motor Show. To celebrate, Honda has issued a special appearance package for the retro-styled N-One available in Japan. Continue reading

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NEWS: The world’s first mass-produced compact 4WD car, restored

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Known as the world’s first mass-produced compact 4WD car, the Kurogane Type 95 began production in 1936. Only six are known to have survived, but three years ago a seventh one was discovered in a Kyoto auto repair shop, where it had sat for 60 years. This fall, it was finally restored.  Continue reading

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JNC is now on DriveTribe

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Japanese Nostalgic Car has created a DriveTribe thingy. The social network created by ex-Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond may be the next big thing, or it may fizzle out dramatically. We’re not quite sure what the point of it all is, but we are there. And we narrowly beat out the Jensen-Nash Collectors to get the “JNC” three-letter code. So come on an join our tribe. There are, you know, pictures of old Japanese cars and stuff.

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VIDEO: M10 Nissan Prairie

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Behold, one solid minute of the coolest M10 Prairie in the world. Sold as the Nissan Stanza Wagon in the US, this B-pillarless, sliding-door wonder preceded he original Dodge Caravan by two years. While these are usually beat to hell in the US, somehow the wondrous two-tone body of this example has been preserved. When slammed, its already tall greenhouse gives it the look of a superdeformed cartoon car. It is awesome. That is all.  Continue reading

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QotW: What JNC has stuck with you through thick and thin?

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As we roll past Thanksgiving weekend and into the final stretch of 2016, why not reflect upon the one that has stayed by your side. I’m talking about that JNC that has been through it all, even when you’ve been pushed to your limits in stress, driving ability, mechanical know-how, or finances. But in the end, there it is. Love it or hate it, that JNC has been there and will always be there to put a smile on your face. So we ask:

What JNC has stuck with you through thick and thin?

As always, the most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize.  Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “What car thing are you most thankful for?” Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving from JNC

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We here at JNC are thankful for your readership and for being part of the JNC community. We hope you are enjoying a warm and safe Thanksgiving with your loved ones. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

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JNC THEATER: Long before Fast & Furious, there was Jackie Chan’s Thunderbolt

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For many, 2001’s The Fast and the Furious was perhaps a seminal moment in US tuning history. Hollywood movies’ star cars failed to reflect the reality of America’s mall parking lots on a Friday night, but suddenly F&F came about and brought Japanese cars to the big screen. Admittedly, it took us a while to get hip to the scene, but in Asia, long before Paul Walker ever blew the welds on his first manifold, there was the Jackie Chan’s 1996 opus Thunderbolt. Continue reading

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VIDEO: Toyota Australia shows some love to Celica fans

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Continuing on the theme of how Toyota has much better advertising everywhere else in the world, Toyota Australia recently put together a video of A20 Celica owners down under. Selected from the Toymods forum, the owners show their admiration for not only the Daruma, but the sense of community they’ve built with their shared love for one of Toyota’s most iconic designs.  Continue reading

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Our thoughts are with Japan this Doukoho Eve

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As we were preparing for our yearly remembrance of Doukoho Eve, news came from Japan that Fukushima was struck by another massive earthquake. This was the same region that was hit in 2011, and while the quake measured only a magnitude 7.5, significantly weaker than the 8.9 five years ago, it could still be felt as far away as Nagoya. Since 2011, an early warning system broadcasting to all cellphone users in Japan has been implemented, and thus far no casualties have been reported. Remember to stay vigilant. We now return to our regularly scheduled zokusha video. Continue reading

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KIDNEY, ANYONE? 9,000-mile Toyota Cressida

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This could be he most well-preserved Toyota Cressida in the United States. A first year for the beloved X70 chassis, this 1985 example for sale now in New York is said to have one owner, was always kept in a heated garage in Connecticut, and has only an unbelievable 9,026 miles on he odometer.  Continue reading

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QotW: What car thing are you most thankful for?

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With Thanksgiving nearly upon us, let’s take a pause to acknowledge the automotive things that make life worthwhile. Maybe it’s that perfect Craigslist find that you scored before the wolves got to it, or the friends who lend a bloody knuckled hand in the garage. Perhaps it’s the fact that some of you lucky ones can go out to the driveway and find your dream car looking right back at you.

What car thing are you most thankful for?

As always, the most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize.  Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “What’s your best JNC moment of this fall (2016)?”  Continue reading

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VIDEO: The rarest Miata — 1 of 24 Le Mans Editions

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The Mazda Miata has had numerous limited editions throughout the years, but when Mazda won Le Mans shortly after the roadster’s world-searing launch, it created the perfect storm of conditions under which to develop the most limited MX-5 officially sold through Mazda dealerships.  Continue reading

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LA Auto Show: Damn, the Mazda RX-Vision is still gorgeous

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At the LA Auto Show Mazda announced an all-new CX-5. There was even news of a SkyActiv-D 2.2-liter diesel engine coming to America, amidst all the controversy of the Volkswagen’s emissions cheating scandal. But at a private off-site event the night before, Mazda showed the stunning RX-Vision concept for the first time in America. And damn, it’s still gorgeous.  Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Soichiro Honda

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If Soichiro Honda were alive today, he would be 110 years old. Here’s to the the man that gave us everything from SuperCubs to NSXes. Happy Birthday, Honda-san.

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LA Auto Show: Nostalgia for the sport compact tuning days are already here

Do you want to feel old? Yesterday, ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show this week, automakers swarmed the city to show off their upcoming models. But here’s a plot twist we didn’t see coming: for some Japanese firms, namely Nissan and Honda, nostalgia for the sport compact days of the 90s are already back.  Continue reading

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NEWS: Nissan Juke Black Pearl revives 280Z limited edition color

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Until the late 1970s, very few Japanese cars were exported in black. It was considered a formal color, used primarily for government vehicles, chauffeured cars, and hearses. That is, until 1978 when Nissan broke with convention and brought over the Datsun 280Z Black Pearl Edition. Now nearly 40 years later, its paying homage to that occasion with a limited Black Pearl Juke.  Continue reading

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