Ten years, 100,000km of Mitsubishi ownership

1973 Mitsubishi Galant GTO GSR

Back in 2010 Mitsubishi went around Japan looking for the most loyal members of the triple diamond clan. They sent journalist Hirohisa Kaneko across the country looking for individuals who had owned their Mitsubishis for either 10 years or 100,000km to share their stories. What he found was everything from a guy with two matching 1970s Debonairs to an elderly gent who’s had his Galant GTO GSR for 41 yearsContinue reading


MINICARS: Hot Wheels Kenmeri Skyline hints at what could’ve been

Hot Wheels Flying Customs kenmeri Skyline 01

The Hot Wheels kenmeri Nissan Skyline in the Flying Customs series has been one of the hardest of Mattel’s Japanese classics to find. If you were lucky enough to score one, look inside. There were actually two different interiors: a full stock cabin with rear bench and passenger seat, and a racing cockpit with just one racing seat. Today we’re going to answer two mysteries. Why the two interiors, and why was it so damn hard to find?   Continue reading


VIDEO: This OS Giken twin-cam is the most glorious sound you’ll hear all week

OS Giken TC24-B1Z S30 Fairlady Z

You know the OS Giken TC24: The 9,000rpm twin-cam head for Nissan‘s L-series motor costing somewhere in the realm of $30,000 and harder to find than Yeti dandruff (only 11 were built). Last year we saw a new version, the TC24-B1Z, at Nos2Days with a completely re-worked valvetrain, gear-driven timing and a new-and-improved 10,000rpm redline. Well now the mad scientists at OS Giken have dropped it in a car, and here’s what it sounds like. Hint: It’s like a million-angel chorus.  Continue reading


CATALOGUER: Hondas from around the world, circa 1983


Starting in 1979 Honda held yearly photography competitions among its distributors from around the world. Most appear to be brochure images localized to the many corners of the atlas where Hondas were sold. The best pictures were assembled in a calendar. Here’s the winners from the 1983 contest, a parade of early 80s Civics, Accords and Preludes with a dab of Quintet from far-flung reaches of the globe.  Continue reading


Mazda Cosmo Sport and Toyota 2000GT in this month’s Hemmings

A Toyota 2000GT and a Mazda Cosmo 110s will both grace the cover of the upcoming April issue of Hemmings Sport & Exotic Car.  The pivotal pair of shiro historic flagships was garnered together by our buddy and fellow J-tin enthusiast Jeff Koch, who was also fortunate enough to give each a spin for his cover story.

Also included within the issue is a brief biography of Datsun-Nissan historian Dan Banks along with a Buyer’s Guide for the 1968-1973 Datsun 510.


QotW: Which JNC will get you the most dates?


For most of their existence Japanese cars have been seen as economical, practical and reliable. Those may be great qualities, but they won’t necessarily improve your love life.

Which JNC will get you the most dates?

The Toyota 2000GT may be the obvious choice, though not necessarily for the obvious reasons. Sure it costs a million bucks so it’s right up there in Ferrari territory when it comes to symbolizing your net worth, but it’s not the price that does it. It’s the Toyota emblem. In fact, the non-car nut you’re wooing will probably assume that it is a Ferrari of some sort. Then they’ll see that Aichi badge and suddenly it becomes interesting, a conversation starter, and an indicator that you’re not just a Richie Rich who thoughtlessly plunked down a million bucks for a status symbol. Also, it’s beautiful as hell.

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 had the greatest interior?Continue reading


GALLERIES: Nissan Yokohama Headquarters Showroom


In the 80 years Nissan’s been around, its flagship showrooms have moved several times. The first truly glamorous location was at the 4-chome intersection in the heart of Ginza, sharing real estate during the booming 1960s with some of Japan’s oldest and most expensive department stores. Nissan eventually got tired of switching out display vehicles into the distinctive curved glass building by crane and relocated a few blocks away, to the lobby of Nissan’s massive Tokyo headquarters. Then in 2009, to the surprise of many, Nissan left its long-time home in Japan’s capital for brand new digs in YokohamaContinue reading


BUBBLE ERA EXCESS: 1984 Nissan Gloria Turbo Brougham VIP Super Selection Ⅱ

1984 Nissan Gloria Turbo Brougham VIP Super Selection Ⅱ rear

Since we’re talking about the greatest interiors this week here’s a rarely mentioned cabin that gives Mitsubishi’s plaid and Subaru’s bizarro asymmetry a run for their money. Behold the Bubble Era excess of the 1984 Nissan Gloria Turbo Brougham VIP Super Selection Ⅱ. See? Japan’s economy was booming so hard in the 1980s that Nissan could afford to spend triple what they do now just on badging for a comically long name. But that’s nothing compared to the interior.  Continue reading


MOTORSPORT: Perhaps the greatest Mazda collectibles of all time

Mazda 787B oil

There are rare collectibles and there are rare collectibles. What you see here are perhaps the greatest pieces of memorabilia a Mazdafarian could ever want. You know the story of the Mazda 787B. Winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans was a momentous occasion, both for Mazda and for Japan, and they knew the history-making car would take a very special place in the company’s museum in Hiroshima.

But before it was whisked away, the oil that ran through the arteries of its relentless, 700hp, four-rotor heart was drained and bottled in little glass vials. There are only four such vessels in the entire world and this is number 1 of 4. Continue reading


NEWS: Toyota applies for Supra trademark


Toyota has applied to the US Patent And Trademark Office to secure the name Supra, according to our friends at The Motor Report. With this, plus the recent reports seemingly confirming that the FT-1 concept concept will be developed into the next Toyota flagship, evidence is mounting for a return of the hallowed model with a name born because of pornContinue reading