The Skyline Japan GT-EX kicked off the Age of the Turbo when it debuted in April 1980. Not only was it the first Skyline to rock a snail, it was deemed so important by Nissan that it was positioned successor to the mighty GT-R and became star of its own 80s cop show. From there, Japanese automakers embarked on a turbo- and super-charging arms race.
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What say you, dear reader? As always, the most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “What’s your most anticipated 25 Year Club addition?”
1991 was a good year, apparently. Nathan Judy‘s suggestion of the SW20 MR2 to Dave‘s recommendation of the B13 Sentra SE-R prove it was a tuner boom. There were cars we hadn’t thought of, like D‘s choices of the Nissan Pulsar GTi-R and Starlet GT Turbo, and Robin‘s selection of Jodie Foster’s EG Civic. While it seems clear that the FD Mazda RX-7 was the clear winner, with impassioned votes from the likes of Tom Westmacott and Dankan, it was AKADriver‘s proposition of the XV10 Toyota Camry that made us go “hmmm…”:
The Honda Beat and Suzuki Cappuccino hit it later this year, those are my twin picks.
In terms of historical significance and ignoring importability or even collectibility, the XV10 6th gen Camry hits 25 soon, and that’s one of the most important Japanese cars ever made. I don’t think I’d ever own one – I have its arch-rival, a CD5 Accord, which suits me better. But the Camry was much more influential.
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