Author Archives: Ben Hsu

KIDNEY, ANYONE? Mint chocolate 30k-mile Colt Vista Wagon

The first-gen Mitsubishi Chariot is one of those cars that people forgot ever existed. In the US, it was extra hard for it to gain any recognition, because it was sold under the Dodge brand and called the Colt, a model name … Continue reading

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VIDEO: On board with the original Hakosuka GT-R touring car at Fuji Speedway

The legendary GT-R name began with boxy, sedan-based touring cars racing at Fuji Speedway. NISMO has just released a video in which they take one of these PGC10 Hakosuka Skyline GT-Rs out on Fuji Speedway, the circuit where they forged their legendary … Continue reading

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QotW: What will happen to JNCs once autonomous cars take over?

It might take twenty years, it might take a hundred, but the the autonomous car revolution is coming. The question is, where will it leave those of us, presumably everyone who reads JNC, who prefer to manually hurtle ourselves across great distances in little metal … Continue reading

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JCCS Preview: Limited Edition 50th Anniversary “Giant Killer” 510 shirts

Our Giant Killer shirt, honoring the Nissan Bluebird/Datsun 510 and its historic battles against established players, has been very popular. Thus far we have only offered it in single colors, black ink on a brown or orange shirt. Since 2017 is a special … Continue reading

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NEWS: Mitsubishi adds a next-gen Evo concept to Tokyo Motor Show lineup

Mitsubishi has released a teaser image of what it calls an “all-new flagship concept car” to be unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show next month. The company promises 4WD and a “low-slung aerodynamic” shape, but also an all-electric powertrain and … Continue reading

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NEWS: Toyota launches new GR performance line

Toyota has launched a new performance line in Japan. Called GR, it offers performance parts and complete cars, with six models offered at launch. Four more will follow and hit the roads of Japan by spring 2018. Toyota hopes to “gradually” bring the … Continue reading

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KIDNEY, ANYONE? $90k Nissan 300ZX Turbo

Recently, a 1996 Nissan 300ZX sold for $90,100. No, that is not a typo, nor was it your typical Z32. It was perhaps the most collectible example in the US, a big reason why the price was 10 times what a typical specimen … Continue reading

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NEWS: Honda’s retro electric Civic confirmed for production

In a surprise move, Honda has unveiled a new electric vehicle concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show’s press days, which just kicked off this morning. It’s called the Honda Urban EV Concept, and while the official press release makes no mention of … Continue reading

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ART CORNER: Initial D author’s new racing manga has begun

Four years after the conclusion of Initial D, author Shuichi Shigeno has embarked on the development of a new racing manga. The first chapter of the series, called MF Ghost, has kicked off in Japan’s Weekly Young Magazine, where Initial D … Continue reading

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MOTORSPORT: Why Calsonic Blue is a legendary livery in Japanese racing

Outside of Japan, most enthusiasts’ first encounter with the legendary Calsonic Blue livery of Nissan’s touring cars was likely in Gran Turismo. Specifically, it graced the R32 Skyline GT-R of the Japan Touring Car Championships, and while Godzilla notably won every single JTCC … Continue reading

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Have a relaxing Labor Day from JNC

It’s Labor Day in the United States so the JNC staff is taking a break from our regularly scheduled program until tomorrow. Fifty years ago, though, the Mazda factory was hard at work churning out three-wheeled trucks. The K360 kei car … Continue reading

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KIDNEY, ANYONE? 10,000-mile 1984 Toyota Corolla LE

Do you want a supremely mint example of a hugely influential mid-80s Corolla that helped spread the Toyota gospel far and wide around the world? Behold, a 10,500-mile Toyota Corolla LE sedan. What, you were expecting an AE86? The argument … Continue reading

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KIDNEY, ANYONE? 34k-mile 1991 Toyota MR2 Turbo

At this year’s Toyotafest we were saw an increase in stock (or stock appearing) and period correct examples of the second-generation MR2. Gone were the Invader body kits and intake snorkels from the Tuner Era heyday. Clearly, the unmolested SW20 is something collectable, … Continue reading

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VIDEO: Restored Mazda Cosmo Sport runs the Hamburg-Berlin Rally

After a truly heroic restoration of a rusted out Cosmo Sport, Mazda Germany did what anyone would do with a newly restored classic rotary — take it on a three-day road rally. 

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VIDEO: Ichikawa Parking Area in the Bubble Era

At the height of the Bubble Era, meets stretched deep into the pre-dawn hours. Even at 4 am, parking areas like Ichikawa PA were filled with Savannas, Soarers, and Skylines. Tuning legend Isami Amemiya even shows up with an FC3S and his … Continue reading

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VIDEO: Mazda Germany’s Cosmo Sport restoration is done

Mazda Germany’s Cosmo Sport saga is finally complete. In the last batch of episodes, the car has gone from rust-holed barn occupant to show-worthy classic. If you’re new to the series, see parts 01 and 02, then watch the rest below.

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Happy Eclipse Day from JNC

Today is the first time a total solar eclipse will be visible in America in nearly a century, a once-in-a-lifetime experience for most. So of course we’re going to make an Eclipse joke, but Mitsubishi actually beat us to it — … Continue reading

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MINICARS: A Hot Wheels Nissan Laurel is coming [UPDATE: Another pic]

When we posted about the new Hot Wheels Fairlady Z casting we said there was more news we were excited to share when the time was right. That time is now. Two reveals in as many days, Hot Wheels has … Continue reading

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VIDEO: Infiniti Prototype 9

Reactions to the Infiniti Prototype 9 have been polarized. Perhaps photos don’t do the one-off design exercise justice. Luckily for you, Infiniti has released a series of videos showcasing its retro EV racer concept. Sometimes seeing the car in motion … Continue reading

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TUNE UP: Biz Markie made the Mazda MPV a hip-hop symbol

Nineties hip-hop had no shortage of love for Japanese cars, but one that typically isn’t mentioned in the same breath as Lexus and Acura is the Mazda MPV. In some circles, though, it was apparently quite the coveted machine. 

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