QotW: What’s the rarest special edition JNC?
The Japanese love their special editions. Whether it’s celebrating an anniversary, a final run series or just some odd color combo, JNCs have a lot of bizarre option packages on their cars.
What’s the rarest special edition JNC?
In 1975 Dodge introduced the Carousel Colt. The rebadged Mitsubishi Colt Galant featured white paint matched with a light blue vinyl roof, and a blinding white interior with blue and red upholstery. These Colts, especially in two-door form, are already nearly impossible to find to begin with. Are there any Carousel Colts left?
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 are you most thankful for?”
The winner this week was Brendan, who wrote a humble, touching essay about his cars, his childhood dreams, and some general life stuff. It also never hurts to thank us profusely.
Aside from the usual things I’m thankful for (family, friends, my health, and a means to financially move through life), there are actually a couple big things I’m thankful for that more closely align with JNC and those of us showing up on this site. I’m thankful for the stars aligning over the years, and slowly but surely placing the two lovely pieces of Japanese automotive history that I own in my possession.
To get the opportunity to purchase my RX-8 3 years ago was to fulfill the near miss I had when I was 16, when a white-on-blue FC3S GTUs was sold out from under me. To row through the 6 speed gearbox, hearing the turbine-like whine of the 13B RENESIS climb to it’s 9,500RPM redline is to feel the history of Mazda, and the history of the rotary, come alive each time I drive the car. Rotary Mazdas feel uniquely Japanese to me, in the way they’re engineered like a fine watch and never cease to amaze me. It may not be the same machine that the GTUs was, but it elicits all the pleasant feelings I can imagine the FC would have given me. It’s a special car, emphasized all the more by it’s current absence in Mazda’s lineup. It also gives me endless joy to tell people about the car, and be one of the few “samurai” who truly understand and want to be stewards of the rotary revolution.
In addition to my RX-8, I’m thankful for the other car that fell into my lap this year, which is slowly becoming a more and more rare piece of Nissan’s history. When hunting for a car to help take some of the strain off of my Mazda, I came across a car that really struck a chord with me. The car had many similarities to the U12 1991 Nissan Stanza my father owned when I was younger, that I had many fond memories of. The automatic shoulder belts, the old style buzzer for leaving the key in the ignition or the lights on, and the same style of velour-ish cloth interior. While it wasn’t a Stanza, the B13 1994 Sentra Limited Edition that I came across was incredibly special in it’s own way: it only had 43,000 original miles, and one owner. Since purchasing the car, I’ve returned the paint to it’s former glory (as best as I could), cleaned the interior up, and have fixed some of the broken “repairs” the previous owner had made. Every day when I leave work, I hop into the Sentra and am reminded of a time when I was very young, riding in the U12 with my father….a time of simpler cars, and mechanical controls. Experiencing the simple joy of hustling the B13 through corners feels like driving a gokart to work every day, with other sentimental memories of the U12 making me smile as well.
So, what am I thankful for? In 2014, I’m thankful for being able to fulfill the childhood dream of owning some quirky, rare Japanese cars, and being able to work on them. I’m thankful for the opportunity to experience and appreciate first hand what I had only wistfully read about on JNC and in Japanese car magazines in the past. I’m thankful for the opportunity to be a steward of two J-VIN cars, which are are dying breed in the United States. I’m thankful for what JNC stands for, and how each of us relates to each other’s story. We all appreciate and honor Japanese culture, most of which being the massively car-crazy mentality of Japan, and I’m humbled and thankful to now be a more integral part of it.
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