How five Japanese carmakers chose to represent 1989

Finally for some non-Ghosn news. The Meiji Jingu Classic Car Festival was held in Tokyo over the weekend. This year’s theme was “Japanese Vintage Year 1989,” and though the event was hosted by Toyota, it invited other Japanese automakers to bring out their representative cars for that year.

As you can see from the lead photo, the choices of cars were diverse in role. Subaru chose to represent 1989 with its everyman Legacy Wagon. Toyota came with its finest luxury sedan of the time, the Celsior (aka Lexus LS400). Nissan brought its seminal performance showcase, the R32 Skyline GT-R. Honda led with its flagship supercar, the NSX, and Mazda presented the sporty NA Roadster.

How times have changed.

For more on the Meiji Jingu Classic Car Festival, click here.

Images courtesy of Toyota.

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9 Responses to How five Japanese carmakers chose to represent 1989

  1. dbdr says:

    Can the next QotW be “which cars would you choose to represent 1989?”

  2. Negishi no Keibajo says:

    I hope I can make it there for a glimpse before I head out if Tokyo. I landed in Narita at the same time Ghosn landed in Haneda & it’s been non-stop bad news for 24 hours a day. I rarely get to these events because of scheduling, but someday, I’m going to make it!

  3. I could be perfectly content with that five-car lineup as my forever garage.

  4. Alan says:

    Looking at the assembled five I think it’s safe to say that 1989 was the peak of human civilization. What a lineup. Wow.

  5. Yuri says:

    Five minutes after this photo was taken, a man wearing a white karate gi with the sleeves torn off (and a white hachimaki) starting vandalizing the Toyota on display.

  6. Howard says:

    No show Mitsubishi?

  7. Iwakuni91 says:

    Is that Legacy the turbo RS or is it a base model? If not the RS, it seems Subaru is really underrepresented compared to the other absolutely iconic vehicles in this line up. Big up to Toyota for being brave (secure?) enough to open the event to other manufacturers knowing they would bring their best.

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