EVENTS: 2016 Japanese Classic Car Show, Part 02 — Skyline City

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This year’s JCCS was truly a special event for many reasons, but here’s another one: the numerous and diverse number of Skylines that showed up. Nearly every generation of post-Prince Skyline could be seen, and for a car that was never sold in the US that’s pretty amazing. But that’s not even the really amazing part. What really made this collection memorable was the sheer diversity in styles, representing the breadth Japan’s deep automotive culture. Continue reading

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EVENTS: 2016 Japanese Classic Car Show, Part 01 — Movin’ On Up

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We’ve been going to the Japanese Classic Car Show for over a decade, but this year was undoubtedly the best one yet. In its twelfth year, the JCCS, which took place this weekend at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California, has grown into a truly world-class event.  Continue reading

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QotW: What’s your most creative automotive storage solution?

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We’ve all been there before. You need a part, it’s impossible to find, next thing you know there’s an entire parts car competing for real estate in the driveway and lowering property values throughout the neighborhood. Or, perhaps you are simply way too good at browsing craigslist for your own health.

What’s your most creative automotive storage solution?

What say you, dear reader? 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 the hardest restoration part to find for your JNC?”  Continue reading

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JCCS Preview: JNC Shōnin decal

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As you’re walking around at JCCS this weekend, look out for cars wearing the new JNC Shōnin decals. When used in conjunction with the classic JNC inkan, they represent the best of the breed, cars that have either served as JNC booth cars, cars that we have arranged for other companies, or cars that have been featured here on the JNC website.

We wanted to a way acknowledge the efforts of these owners and the kinship that these cars and their builders represent. This is our way of saying arigatou for being a part of the JNC family. These decals are not for sale, and can only be obtained via one of the methods above. See you Saturday!

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JCCS Preview: JNC “Charge” decals and limited edition Mazda 787B “Le Mans” T-shirts

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This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Mazda 787B’s victory at Le Mans. The quad-rotor demon, decked out in retina-searing orange and green livery, is one of the most iconic race cars of all time. To honor it, we’ve created two new items for the discerning Mazdafarian.  Continue reading

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JCCS Preview: First US-market Honda to debut

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Last year at JCCS we highlighted an old, neglected Honda N600 with peeling, non-original paint. Why? Because it was the first Honda automobile ever built for the US market. One year later, it’s been completely restored and is ready for its debut this Saturday. The man who restored it, Tim Mings, sent us this photo recently of the humble but hugely important Honda, ready to venture out into the world. See it this Saturday!

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JCCS Preview: San Mamiya stickers and prints

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At JCCS this year, JNC is proud to carry the works of one of Japan’s best automotive artists. San Mamiya stickers and prints will be available at the JNC booth in very limited quantities, so get there early. Here’s a listing of what we’ll have.  Continue reading

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GRAND TOURING: Chubu and Kinki, Part 02

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Part 01 of our grand tour through central Japan took us to Toyoma, a city that revealed not only castles but a trove of classic Toyotas. After prying ourselves away, we headed inland.  Continue reading

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JCCS Preview: Autograph session with Datsun BRE engineer John Knepp

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JNC is honored to welcome a very special guest to our booth at the Japanese Classic Car Show this Saturday. John Knepp was a key engineer on the BRE team (above, 7th from left) who helped build championship cars such as the Datsun 2000 roadster and 510.  Continue reading

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JCCS Preview: Hot Wheels X JNC giveaway

Are you ready for JCCS this Saturday? We at JNC are having a Fairlady Roadster-themed day to coincide with the debut of Hot Wheels’s newest JNC casting, the Datsun Fairlady 2000. As such, we will be giving away several cars at the show, including a few signed by the Hot Wheels design team that worked on this car. Here’s how the contest will work.  Continue reading

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TOUGE 80s: A Call for Entries

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Response to JNC‘s Touge California has been almost unanimously positive… almost. There was one group in particular who felt left out of the fun: Owners of 80s cars. That’s because all Touge California cars had to be 1980 or older. Well, take heart, children of the Reagan years, for your moment has arrived. Japanese Nostalgic Car is excited to announce the newest member of the Touge California family: Touge 80s.  Continue reading

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JCCS Preview: JNC “39” shirts debut

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We are very excited about the JCCS (four days away!), and the theme at the JNC booth this year will be early Nissan motorsports. To celebrate, we are debuting a new shirt design, called simply “39”. Continue reading

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JCCS Preview: History of Mazda Premium and a tribute to a racing legend

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Mazda’s plan for JCCS this Saturday is two-fold and promises something for Mazdafarians of all stripes — a history of high-end models and a tribute to its motorsports legends. Continue reading

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JCCS Preview: Nissan DNA Garage cars loaded up

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This morning, a truck in Nashville picked up a couple of old cars to transport to California, including what is arguably the most valuable car in Nissan USA’s DNA Garage.  Continue reading

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QotW: What’s the hardest restoration part to find for your JNC?

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Unlike many American, British, and German classics, finding new or like-new parts for classic Japanese cars can be very difficult. It’s not like a ’69 Camaro, where you can open a Year One catalog and get everything you could possibly want to build a complete car out of nothing but a shell. This is especially true if you have a JDM model that was never sold on these shores.

What’s the hardest restoration part to find for your JNC?

What say you, dear reader? 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 the most confoundingly engineered JNC?”  Continue reading

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GRAND TOURING: Chubu and Kinki, Part 01

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After a longer than usual break between our tours, we decided to take a full week off and continue our Western Coast explorations through the Chubu and Kinki regions. As we embarked, the outer bands of a seasonal typhoon loomed over Japan. We expected some interesting weather and moderate traffic leaving Tokyo on a Saturday (which we usually try to avoid), but also fantastic seafood from the coastal towns, luxurious salaryman hotels, and perhaps some kyusha spotting along the way. We were not to be disappointed, as we found all these and more. Continue reading

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MINICARS: 2016 Hot Wheels X JNC Track Day Datsun 510 Bluebird

Of the 26 Hot Wheels cars that have worn the JNC inkan, the latest is one of our favorites. That’s because the Track Day series Datsun Bluebird 510 isn’t just a wicked diecast race car, but one whose livery was inspired by a wicked real-life race car.  Continue reading

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KIDNEY, ANYONE? The last Mitsubishi LanEvo is up for auction

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Tomorrow will mark the end of an era, as the last Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution goes on sale. After ten generations and 24 years of turbocharged, all-wheel-drive madness, this rally car for the road is sayonara-ing into the sunset. Continue reading

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VIDEO: Hiroshi Hosoya test drives the Rocky Auto 3000GT

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The Rocky Auto 3000GT is a work of modern art. A hand-crafted body draped over one of the finest drivetrains ever produced and screwed together by one of Japan’s top tuners, it’s an homage to a timeless blue chip Japanese classic.  Continue reading

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KIDNEY, ANYONE? Beautiful 1981 Subaru GL 4WD Wagon

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Before “Confidence in Motion” and “The Beauty of All-Wheel-Drive,” Subaru was marketed in the US as reliable and economical. But as today’s kidney car demonstrates, the automotive division of Fuji Heavy Industry was long a pro at making singularly awesome and rugged—and, to the initiated, attractive—all-terrain vehicles. Behold this beautiful 1981 Subaru GL 4WD Wagon.  Continue reading

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