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QotW: JNC prices are on the rise. Good or bad?

We are headed to the Monterey Historics this week. Among the festivities are the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance in which million-dollar cars you’ve never heard of compete to see who has the bone-stockiest restoration, the Motorsports Reunion in which priceless pieces of … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s the greatest Z-Car?

As we prepare for the 2014 ZCon this week, we can’t help but reflect on how influential the Z-Car has been to the JNC scene. We don’t usually devote a QotW to a single model but the Z has earned … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s the coolest JNC stereo deck?

The rise of Japanese stereo component systems parallels the popularity of Japanese cars. Since it’s already been determined that retro electronica bands love the styling of 80s Japanese cars, what about the devices used to play them? What’s the coolest JNC stereo deck? … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s the best shade of JNC blue?

Happy Marine Day! Also known as Ocean Day, the third Monday of every July is a Japanese national holiday that celebrates the seas and the bounty they provide for the island nation. On St. Patrick’s Day we asked for the … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s the most unlikely JNC?

Until six or seven years ago, most of the collector world openly scoffed at the idea of a Japanese classic. Today, prices are going up and the tide has shifted. However, even amongst the true believers there’s still a few cars that surprise us with their … Continue reading

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QotW: What would you tell automakers to do?

Last week Dave wrote about M2, the Mazda specialty shop designed to hear feedback delivered directly from the customer’s mouth. If only more companies would do that. What would you tell automakers to do? Japanese automakers once made the most perfectly ergonomic dashboards known to … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s your favorite period-correct license plate for your JNC?

Thanks to California’s Legacy License Plate program we’ve been talking a lot about the proper period-correct license plates for your JNC recently. We’ve been Cali-centric, but we’d like to open the question up to our readers worldwide. What’s your favorite period-correct license … Continue reading

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QotW: Just the tip of the iceberg, or last of a dying breed?

Last week we saw several nice Hondas come out of the woodwork, including newfound appreciation for a Mugen CRX Si with customizing styles way ahead of its time. Are these just the tip of the iceberg, or last of a dying … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s your best fuel-saving JNC story?

Tomorrow is Earth Day, and if we can get real for a moment let’s admit that one of the main reasons Americans bought Japanese cars by the boatload is because we’re cheaper than Scrooge McDuck when it comes to fuel. Japan … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s your greatest Mazda MX-5 story?

This week at the New York International Auto Show, Mazda will officially celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Mazda Miata, thus inducting it into the “25 Year Old” club of Japanese nostalgic cars. The great thing about the MX-5 is … Continue reading

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QotW: Which JNC has the greatest grille?

Grilles. They provide airflow, set one model apart from another, and can even form become the corporate identity of a brand. Japan has produced some truly outrageous grilles in its time, so therefore we ask: QotW: Which JNC has the … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s the best JNC for a new driver?

Last week we asked which JNC would get you the most dates. Let’s say the advice dispensed by our readers worked and netted you a mate. First comes love, then comes marriage, now it’s 16 years later you have a … Continue reading

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QotW: Which JNC will get you the most dates?

For most of their existence Japanese cars have been seen as economical, practical and reliable. Those may be great qualities, but they won’t necessarily improve your love life. Which JNC will get you the most dates? The Toyota 2000GT may … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s the worst example of badge engineering?

Badge engineering. It’s one of the dirty little schemes of the auto industry that continuously surprises us, not by the Mitsubishi parts when you thought you were buying a Dodge, but because it continues to fool the average consumer. What’s … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s the coolest factory decal package?

Throughout 70s and 80s decal packages were a fact of life. Some were awesome, some were awesomely bad, but they were emblematic of the era. What’s the coolest factory decal package? We don’t know if it’s the greatest, but Mazda‘s … Continue reading

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QotW: What would you do with a Nissan IDx?

Now that a highly anticipated lightweight FR Nissan has been confirmed for production, the only question is: What would you do with a Nissan IDx? How about a replica of the Safari Rally winning 1970 Datsun 510 SSS? Extend the roof … Continue reading

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QotW: What “Class of 1989″ car would you import?

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 … Continue reading

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QotW: Which “Class of 1989″ car is the greatest “new” JNC?

It’s here. 1989, one of the greatest single years Japanese automotive history. With the 25-year-or older rule rolling over one more year, any car built at the peak of the Bubble Economy is now officially a classic. Which “Class of … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s the best winter JNC?

Massive loads of snow have been falling on our planet, even in regions like Texas (though still sunny in LA, in case you’re wondering). And while it’d be stark raving insanity to drive a classic car through the slush and salt, … Continue reading

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QotW: Which completely inconspicuous car will be a JNC of the future?

There was a time when a ’57 Chevy Bel Air was just a plain ol’ car that wasn’t even as spectacular as a Buick. Now it’s a emblematic of its era and a bona-fide classic. Which completely inconspicuous car will … Continue reading

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