It may seem like we just asked this question, but just because a car is the greatest graduate from the Class of 1989 doesn’t mean you want to own it. The doors have opened onto a whole new era of once-forbidden Japanese machinery now that 1989 is no longer under America’s ban on foreign cars younger than 25 years.
What “Class of 1989” car would you import?
Before the PT Cruiser, the New Beetle, or the neo-Mustang/Camaro/Challenger, there was the Nissan Pao. Along with its siblings the Figaro, Be-1 and S-Cargo, it was retro before retro was a thing. Built off a K10 March platform, the Pao embodied the cars one would’ve seen on post-war Japanese roads. Nothing fancy, just the basics — exposed hinges, sliding rear windows, and painted interior surfaces. Yeah, sure, it’s front-wheel-drive and has only a 1.0-liter four-cylinder for power, but it’s so darn cute. Besides, not all of us want our own Godzillas.
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 2014 automotive resolution?”
Our favorite comment of the week was an open-minded take by Nihontekko. Hondas do often get a bad rap, and it’s nice to see someone make a concerted effort to look past the stereotypes:
My automotive resolution is going to take some time to appreciate Honda. In my area, there are a lot of “ricers” in poorly modified, and well modified, Hondas of all models and vintages. I’ve never wanted to be associated with that crowd, so I shied away from owning any Honda, period, and through the years I’ve cultivated a stigma against the company solely on the image of “fart-can” racers I see all too commonly. My attitude has cut me out of the loop for way too long, so for 2014, I’m going to change that and really learn about and appreciate what Honda’s built over the years. Hell, I might even take the plunge and buy a Civic just to see what it’s all about.
2014 – Nihonnotekko’s Year of the Honda
Omedetou, your comment has earned you a set of decals from the JNC Shop!