We know Honda heads have often felt left out of the nostalgic car movement, but this year’s JCCS had more Hondas than ever. Luckily, the N600s and Z600s didn’t take up much space! It wasn’t just the kei-sized creations of Soichiro Honda that made a splash, though.
Several first-gen Honda Civics present, and owners preferred to keep them bone-stock. These were the very definition of economy cars, and most were driven into the ground en masse, making them nearly impossible to find in decent condition today.
In addition to 600s and Civics, some minty fresh Honda Accords also made an appearance, along with First-gen Integras and Acura Legends. As a result of Honda’s modest beginnings (the US never got to see the 1300 Coupes or S-series roadsters), they had to pioneered a luxury brand because people kept crying, “$20,000 for a Japanese car!?” It’s hard to believe it’s been 25 years since.
Yesterday we saw a big lineup of Nissan 200SXs so it’s only natural that JCCS welcome its big brother, the Z31 300ZX. Several Z31s were on display, including a not-often-seen 2+2 (see gallery below). Though this car is much maligned for its bloated curb weight and soft handling compared to the 240Z, it was still one of the most popular sports cars of the 80s, and has the angular, digital age styling to prove it.
On the other hand, Raymond Lui‘s 240Z shows the vast range of possibilites that are achievable with the S30 platform. Like the Hiraishi Z that was on the cover of JNC 01, this car is the brain child of an old schooler that did the whole street racing thing back in the early 80s.
Same crew, different take. Instead of tackling the this Frank Kubo‘s Datsun 620 was built for rocketing down the strip. A personalized California blue plate and the vintage Culver City Datsun license plate frame are subtle hints that these guys are no newbies. Be sure to check out the gallery below to see what’s hidden in the hood bulge.
One of our favorite cars of the show was this Mazda RX-4 Hardtop belonging to Hector of Wankelholics. The RX-4 is among the rarest of the Mazda RX cars, and it’s incredibly rare to see one in such sparkling condition, with no flashy repaint, rocking period-correct Epsilon meshies.
This may not be the prettiest Datsun 510 at the show, but Bumblebee wishes he could be this cool. E Production means it’s running a stock L-series, though a humorous sticker on the roll cage hints at forced induction.
A nicely preserved 411 Bluebird Wagon. It’s not as mean looking as the 510, but it has potential.
We love old-and-new comparisons, and few are as striking as that of these Toyota pickups, owned by Cabe Toyota. The 2010 Tundra’s massive, V8-filled snout is nearly as high as the Toyota Stout‘s roofline!
Similarly, look how far the Sienna has come from the 1983 Toyota Van. If it wasn’t for the Toyota USA Museum, it’s unlikely vehicles like this would survive in such excellent condition. Notice the stock “pizza cutter” wheels, shared with the AE86.
We gave the JNC Magazine award to Dom Stokes’ FJ20-powered 510 for simultaneously pushing the boundaries of uncommon swap and period-correctness, but we still love SR20DET swaps for their power potential.
Old Mitsubishis never seem to turn out in very large numbers, a condition that must be corrected, but we got to see two Mitsubishi Lancer-based Dodge Colts — the psychedelic dream from yesterday and this more staid but super-clean sedan.
Chrysler made an effort to make the Lancers more Dodge-like with different grilles and paint schemes, and the addition of safety bumpers compounded the USDM-JDM difference. But in the early days, that was clearly not the case, as with this ‘Champed Mitsubishi Colt Galant. It was a bit rough around the edges but still a solid, clean example of a rare car.