Last week we learned that an R35 GT-R is not the only Nissan that knows how to steal a supercar’s thunder. It’s hard to believe, but we haven’t yet asked what the greatest nostalgic Nissan is. We’ve inquired about the greatest Toyota, Honda, Subaru, Mitsubishi, and even Suzuki (your winning answers here, here, here, here and here), so let’s rectify that right now.
What’s the greatest nostalgic Nissan?
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 car of the Nineties will be the next sought-after classic?”
This week’s question brought out a lot of impassioned comments, and it was hard to choose just one. Tom Westmacott waxed lyrical about the FD3s RX-7, Kevin made a surprisingly strong case for the AE92 front-drive Corollas, while dickie wrote an entire screenplay trumpeting the virtues of the SW20 MR2.
Meanwhile, Chris lamented the rarity of the DSM, a phenomenon Satori coined “Destroy Until Rare.” Byron Chiu started off strong with a list of oddball off-road buggies, prompting Ant to second the RAV4. As much as we would’ve loved to mess with speculators who know nothing about JNCs by declaring the Toyota cute-ute as the next big collectible of the 90s, in the end we had to pick Evan Opgenorth‘s heartfelt case for the Honda Beat:
The Beat has all the charm, quirks, design hubris, and most importantly, a special story that the “next collectible from the 90s” should have. Rear-drive Hondas are special by default, but this car didn’t get attention state-side because, well, it never made it to the states! Even though the Beat is not rare by virtue of production numbers or sought after because of it’s legendary power, I think it’s important to mention that out of the plurality of designs the Honda of today could have given the green light, Honda’s top brass decided to make second incarnation RWD, Mid-engined, convertible Kei car with the S660, a path blazed boldly by the Beat. Perhaps Honda settled on the S660 because the Beat is the last car with which Soichiro Honda had given his seal of approval: a slightly off-kilter (no turbocharger, zebra cloth seats), affordable sports car for the masses. Even if the Beat doesn’t become the next nostalgic car worth collecting, I hope the Beat can have a bit of a rebirth here after it becomes importable to the states in 2016.
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