Author Archives: Ben Hsu

Happy 25th Birthday, Z32 Nissan 300ZX

On July 10, 1989 the Z32 Nissan 300ZX went on sale in Japan. We commemorated the occasion by driving the most original twin turbo in the USA, if not on planet Earth. Photos and story to come shortly.

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Bubble Era Toyota classics meet their successors

The British sure know how to appreciate the classics. In fact, Toyota UK is quietly amassing a proper heritage collection of the company’s best and brightest. Back in April they found what they describe as “quite possibly the best original MR2 in existence” in the … Continue reading

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QotW: What JNC would you live in?

One day you’re sitting on the most expensive real estate in the world, the next day the Asset Price Bubble pops. You’ve been forced out of your swanky Aoyama penthouse apartment and the banks have repo’ed your collection of late-80s Wangan monsters. What JNC would you live … Continue reading

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KIDNEY, ANYONE? One of the finest Toyota 2000GT restorations you’ll ever see

Sometimes life throws you lemons. Or, perhaps, an entire lemon tree aimed squarely at your Toyota 2000GT. Other times, the car nut friend you meet in college turns out to be Akio Toyoda. To be clear, Javier Quirós‘s family was already knee-deep in Toyotas … Continue reading

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2014 Japanese Classic Car Show registration opens today

The 2014 Japanese Classic Car Show opens for registration today, July 1. This will be a landmark year because it will be the 10th annual JCCS. That’s right. It’s hard to believe, but the show that paved the way for nostalgic car gatherings … Continue reading

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QotW: What would you tell automakers to do?

Last week Dave wrote about M2, the Mazda specialty shop designed to hear feedback delivered directly from the customer’s mouth. If only more companies would do that. What would you tell automakers to do? Japanese automakers once made the most perfectly ergonomic dashboards known to … Continue reading

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LOST CARS: 1962 Toyopet Stout world honeymoon truck

Ivan Shkirev knew that the 1962 Toyopet Stout he had purchased was unique, but not how unique. Upon receiving delivery to his home in New Mexico, Shkirev found the faded declaration “Tokyo, Japan to Chicago, Illinois” painted across the Stout’s tailgate, along with the names of … Continue reading

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NO MODS, PLZ: 1989 Nissan 240SX two-tone coupe

Not too long ago a low-mileage pignose S13 that had somehow not been drifted to death came up for sale in Pennsylvania. The sleek, red hatchback caught was a real eye-catcher, but if it were our money to spend on a … Continue reading

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KIDNEY, ANYONE? 1967 Mazda Cosmo Sport, Toyota 2000GT to be auctioned at Monterey Historics

In addition to the hakosuka GT-R at RM Auctions, there will also be a 1967 Mazda Cosmo Sport at Gooding & Co.’s Monterey Historics auction this year. The Cosmo Sport has been restored by noted restoration shop The Finishing Touch of Fountain Hills, … Continue reading

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JNC GEAR: The IDx shirt, by the actual car’s designer at Nissan

The hottest concept of the 2013-14 auto show season was the Nissan IDx. A lightweight, rear-wheel-drive car with heritage styling cues from the Golden Age of nostalgics? Take our money, please! Now one of the designers of the actual concept car has created this shirt in collaboration with … Continue reading

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