QotW: What JNC represents 1989 the best?
Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, and from places your wouldn’t expect. Today, that hero is dbdr who suggested in last week’s post that we all ponder a bit more on what 1989 was all about.
Sure, during the 80’s era there were plenty of new vehicle that seemed more Gundam mech in need of a trained pilot than vehicle for the average Joe. You needed one eye on the road and one eye on a sweet Alpine tape deck. Looking at the tail end of the 80’s, we ask, what JNC struck a chord with you as the quintessential 1989 ride that closed the decade and marked the beginning of the 90s.
What JNC represents 1989 the best?
The most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “Which JNCs would live in your ideal two-car garage?“
Last week we tasked our readers to narrow down their likely long, long list of must-have JNCs to populate our fictional two-car garage. What we found interesting was that most everyone wanted to spice it up with different makes living together, in harmony.
Speedie found the QotW a little closer to reality budget-wise and settled on a first-gen RX-7 to tinker around with and ’85 Supra with its bullet-proof mechanicals and looks (though watch out for that liftgate rust).
エーイダン showed us that JNCs can tackle many jobs and wasn’t afraid to put them to the test. His daily HiLux camper-van also doubles as a B&B for unexpected in-laws, while for fun drives a kitted out Sunny Excellent GX takes the top prize with personal embellishments, fancy footwork, and just the right amount of doors to keep the body lines in tact.
Ultimately, it was Frank who took CotW with a blend of quasi-modern touring excellence and a dash of guts in a true classic the way it was meant to be run. Here’s the whole breakdown:
Nissan Skyline R30 RS-TURBO Sedan
It’s practical with it’s four doors. It’s fairy reliable (a must in a daily driver) and it parts are still available without too many problems. It’s also relatively inexpensive compared to my weekend car choice. Of course it has to have 80s two tone paint (I love the Silver over Burgundy, not sure if it was exclusive to the 50 anniversary models or not) along with some nice period wheels.
I can stretch it’s legs from time to time without having to worry about anything happening to it, it puts out decent power for a family car and it will get the right attention from those in the know.
The Weekend Cruiser :
Not for the obscene value these cars hold today but because it’s still the most beautiful car ever to come out of Japan. I think my first exposure to the 2000GT was playing Sega GT on the original Xbox and I’ve loved them ever since. When most supercars these days will break the speed limit in 2nd gear (and get there in a few seconds) it would be nice to have something where you can move up through the gears without worrying about losing your license.
I’d avoid going for the more popular colours and pick the understated looks of Atlantis Green paintwork. Yes I’d be scared to park it anywhere and leave it alone where I can’t see it but isn’t that the point of a weekend car? I won’t be going shopping in my weekend car. I’ll be heading into the mountains or down to the beach (but not for too long, that salty sea air and classic cars don’t get along!).
Could I have picked something more attainable? Sure but why settle for anything less than perfection?
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