Category Archives: Question of the Week

QotW: Which Japanese automaker is furthest from its roots?

Sometimes you have a great history and come to the table with some big wins already under your belt. Then you make a bad decision, miss the goal by one yard, and ruin everything you’ve worked for, leaving legions of … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s the strangest JNC sighting you’ve encountered?

As Nissan designer Ken Lee put it, part of the fun with old Japanese cars is that you have to be in the know to recognize the gem that’s hiding in plain sight. The preponderance of interesting background cars in You’re Under Arrest has … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s the greatest nostalgic Subaru?

With the Legacy squarely in the 25 Year Club and Subarus being the best mode of transportation available to much of the snowed-in country right now, it may be a good time to ask: What is the greatest nostalgic Subaru? Subaru … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s the most anticipated “Class of 1990″ JNC?

Today is Coming of Age Day in Japan, a holiday in which adolescents become adults. Local city halls in towns across the country invite the newly minted adults for a small ceremony, a tradition that dates back to 714 AD. Of course … Continue reading

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QotW: Which JNC should be a Transformer and what should its name be?

Happy 2015! We asked for a Question of the Week in last Monday’s Question of the Week, and you delivered. So to kick off a new year of QotWs, here’s (one of) the winning questions. Which JNC should be a Transformer … Continue reading

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QotW: What question should we ask next year?

We’ve asked you for many answers, but we’ve yet to ask you for a question. As the year draws to a close, what would you like to know from your fellow JNCers? What question should we ask next? What say … Continue reading

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QotW: What is your JNC getting for the holidays?

The holidays are meant to be spent with your loved ones. Sometimes your family is there too. What is your JNC getting for the holidays? A new car cover, some fresh new wheels, or perhaps that impossible-to-find NOS plastic bezel that hasn’t been … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s the greatest Japanese nostalgic rally car?

With all the snow blanketing the country this winter, you might as well be rallying. There have been many a JNC throughout history built for tackling the not-quite-paved roads of the world. What’s the greatest Japanese nostalgic rally car? The A73 Lancer 1600 GSR was … Continue reading

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QotW: How does a JNCer pass the winter?

The weather sucks in much of the country and/or world. Even SoCal is experiencing the strange meteorological phenomenon in which drops of water mysteriously fell from the sky and temperatures dipped into the low 60s. It’s hard out there for a JNCer. … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s the rarest special edition JNC?

The Japanese love their special editions. Whether it’s celebrating an anniversary, a final run series or just some odd color combo, JNCs have a lot of bizarre option packages on their cars. What’s the rarest special edition JNC? In 1975 … Continue reading

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QotW: What are you most thankful for?

Though symbolized by the turkey, Thanksgiving is all about being grateful for what you have. When what you have is an old Japanese car, however, it may be easier to curse your skinned knuckles than count your blessings. What are … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s the greatest nostalgic Honda?

Today is Soichiro Honda’s birthday. Though Honda-san passed away in 1991, many of the last cars he saw go into production are quickly passing the 25-year threshold into classic-dom. We can’t think of a more appropriate time to ask: What’s the greatest nostalgic Honda? The … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s the greatest Japanese nostalgic wagon?

The Venn diagram of JNC readers and wagon lovers has a pretty big overlap, and it’s easy to see why. Both types of cars are practical, a lost art among automakers today, and Japan is one of the few places … Continue reading

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QotW: What JNC tuning trend needs to stop now?

We’re headed to the SEMA show this week, and you know what that means. Insane amounts of customized cars, the latest auto fashions, and thousands of people shaking their heads muttering “money does not equal taste.” What JNC tuning trend needs … Continue reading

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QotW: Which non-sports, non-luxe JNC is destined to be a classic?

Identifying cars like the GT-R or LFA as future classics is like predicting you’ll see a crash in a Russian dashcam video. It’s obvious, and you don’t get a cookie. It’s much harder to recognize a run-of-the-mill model that will achieve greatness. Therefore, we ask: Which … Continue reading

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QotW: Which People’s JNC is due for a remake?

Italy had a Beetle; It was called the Fiat 500. So did Britain, the Mini. The VW Beetle was Germany’s Beetle, obviously, but it was America’s too. What all these cars had in common is that they started out as affordable, economical … Continue reading

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QotW: What car is not worth preserving?

Recently the JNC wagon, our daily driven 1986 Cressida, was backed into, smashing the headlight, front bumper and fender. That’s the danger with driving your beloved classic around. Add years of rock chips and other indignities suffered during LA driving … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s the best shade of JNC orange?

With fall among us (well, not all of us, as it is a balmy 100 degrees in Los Angeles in October), the leaves are changing. Therefore, it’s time we ask: What’s the best shade of JNC orange? Japanese cars have … Continue reading

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QotW: Which JNC model name should be revived?

History is littered with legendary nameplates that have ended in the scrapyard. We saw many of them at JCCS this weekend (coverage coming shortly), and it made us nostalgic for times when names like Silvia, Cressida and Prelude still existed. Which JNC model … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s the rarest common car?

There are some JNCs that you just don’t see, and it’s a mystery as to why. We’re not talking about kenmeri GT-Rs or Black Limited AE86s and the like. Those were never produced in large numbers or were special editions to … Continue reading

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