Skyline. Just say the word and it conjures visions of Japan’s greatest motoring icons. From unobtainable high-tech monsters christened “Godzilla” by western journalists to sepia-toned commercials in which teenagers fell in love, the name evokes a meaning for everyone. However, if it wasn’t for a car very much like the one JDM Legends brought to the Japanese Classic Car Show this year, “Skyline” may have just been another forgotten model from the early days of Japan’s auto industry. Continue reading
Many years ago our very own Technical Editor John “DatsunFreak” Roper declared that there were three and only three engines immune to accusations of blasphemy due to their uniqueness, size-to-performance ratio, and lack of anything comparable. They were: the Honda F20C, Mazda 13B, and Nissan SR20 turbo. Today we’re asking about swaps that are clearly sacrilegious.
What’s the most blasphemous engine swap?
We don’t know if this is the most blasphemous swap ever done, but we spotted the above V6 at the 2008 Motorsport Auto West Coast Z Nationals. But that wasn’t what caused the affront to its 240Z host. What made it truly profane was the transversely mounted mid-engined placement that is not only pointless in the already great-handling Z, but it turned its elegant lines into the thing you see below. Continue reading
With just 25,000 miles on the clock, the original owner has kept this rebadged Mitsubishi Starion garaged and meticulously maintained inside and out. With original factory black paint and no cracks on the leather interior, this 80s flagship deserves further preservation. Perhaps you can save it from a V8 swap or a pole wrapping. See it on Craigslist San Francisco.
Thanks to The Black CRX for the tip.
Yes, you read that right. $65,000 is the asking price of this 1987 Corolla GT-S located in Canton, Ohio. The seller clearly realizes the rarity of an unmolested AE86:
“So your neighbor has a Gold Plated Lambo too? Don’t have to worry about him pulling up in this. Facing extinction, this may be the most original, documented, and functional AE86 GTS in existence.”
Damn, don’t tell him that Medium Gray Metallic is an ultra-rare color offered for only one year! Continue reading
In the latest Fuji Heavy video, called “Chain of Subaru,” a Subaru 360 transforms into its descendants like a giant robot from Cybertron. That’s the cool part. The rest is jammed with happy, beautiful people driving Subarus, frolicking, and driving more Subarus. But if you like Subies and Transformers then this is your bag. Watch the video below. Continue reading
NFL running back Alfred Morris got his 1991 Mazda 626 back today. As you may remember, Morris recently signed a $2.2 million contract with the Washington Redskins, yet continued to drive the car he’s nicknamed “Bentley.” Upon hearing of his dedication, Mazda USA and some local dealers banded together to help Morris restore the car he bought from his pastor for $2 when he was a poor college student. Continue reading
UPDATE: The car has sold out in a little under 2 hours. Better luck next time!
A few months ago Ben was visiting with John Morton and in passing John mentioned he had signed off with Mattel on another Hot Wheels 510. No further details were disclosed. Coincidentally this was around the same time we at JNC signed off on the Datsun 620. There was a catch though. Continue reading
Don’t want to fly to Japan? The Honda Collection Hall is now fully tour-able on Google Street View. The museum, located on the grounds of Twin Ring Motegi circuit in Tochigi Prefecture, houses three stories packed with Honda heritage. It’s a must-see mecca for Honda-heads. Fortunately, you can now can see it without leaving the comfort of your own computer. Continue reading
The Japanese can do two-tone like no other. Once the Bubble Economy was fully underway automakers rushed to tart up their luxe offerings with lavish, multi-toned paint schemes. Somehow, Japan was able to elevate the lines, contrasts and colors into an art form. Though it gradually fell out of favor by the late 1990s, for a while two-tone was a symbol of its era’s extravagance.
What’s Japan’s greatest factory two-tone?
While they may not be the most iconic, we love the complex two-tones of 1980s Toyota sedans. Whether it be Mark II, Cresta or Chaser, they went beyond simply bisecting the car lengthwise. Some followed the contours of the body, but all added some glitz to the boxiness of the times.
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, “What’s your favorite JNC tuning style?“ Continue reading
For the final installment of our 2013 JCCS tour, we present a rarefied selection of automobiles. Some have been sent into battle for their respective marques. Others were made to be proud standard bearers. Continue reading