We just spent two days driving every new Nissan vehicle produces, from the Moco kei car to the Cabstar truck (more on this soon). Which got us thinking:
What non-car Japanese nostalgic vehicle would you love to drive?
By 1974 Mazda was fully invested in the rotary engine, putting them in everything from sports coupes to luxury sedans to, yes, even a bus. The Mazda Parkway 26 could carry you and 25 friends in premium comfort, with such amenities as “a soft ceiling trim” and “three-stage heating.” Not would would you be driving the world’s only 13B-powered bus, but one of the rarest old Japanese vehicles around. Only 44 were every built over four years of production.
What say you, dear reader? As always, the most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a toy. Click through to see the winner of the last QotW, “Which JNC will the valet park front and center at the opera?“
This week we had another situation where it came down to two humorous and well-written finalists. However, Wagoneer‘s choice of the fine 1991 Nissan President was, once again, just a tad new. We don’t mind giving it to the guy with the newer car once in a while, but in a tiebreaker situation the nostalgic wins. That’s why the champion this week is Lupus‘s C31 Laurel:
I would like to show myself [at the] opera in a dark blue metallic Nissan Laurel C31. It’s probably not the most iconic Japanese limo, nor the most VIP cruiser, but it’s one of my top 5 dream cars. In his best times it was a tough competitor for Merc W123 and BMW 5. Only then it lacked the prestige. These days an old, well kept upper class vehicle stands out from the crowd, even if it’s not a premium marque.
Besides, the C31 can be a true wolf in sheep’s skin. On the way back from opera I could outrun some Porsche on the expressway with help of [an] L31 twin turboed stroker under the hood. The possibilities are almost endless with that car.
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