It has been a year like no other, but 2020 is finally coming to an end. Hopefully 2021 will bring us more cheer, and allow us to get back together with friends, family, and our car community comrades. Until then, here’s the top JNC stories of the year if you need something to pass the time.
Before we get into the top 10, here are some Honorable Mentions. Basically, they’re in the top twenty-ish spots if you don’t count the weird flukes because a headline happened to mention a celebrity or something.
- 50 YEAR CLUB: Tomica
- Check out Isuzu City, the mind-blowing miniature town that is Japan’s largest diorama
- This is the seventh-generation Nissan Z Proto
- Toyota will drown 65 years of history and tradition in a shallow bathtub by discontinuing the Crown sedan
- The new Corona Pandem kit is here
- The history of Toyota’s insane dealer networks, explained
- The Honda Beat Parts program reveals why it’s so hard for carmakers to produce old parts
- The Lexus GS could have been so much more, but it was the right car for the time
- An EK9 Honda Civic Type R has sold for $73,000
- Here’s what Mitsubishi is forsaking by killing the Pajero
- Toyota launches Supra reproduction parts program, adds 2000GT, international availability
Now here’s the actual top 10, by number of pageviews.
10. That new life-size Gundam robot in Japan is basically a Mazda RX-7 from the 22nd century. A story that tells the odd link between Mazda’s rotary sports car and Japan’s most famous anime robots.
9. Official Initial D 25th anniversary store opens in Japan. Eurobeat intensifies.
8. Ultra rare 1960 Prince Skyline found in Idaho scrapyard. A rare LHD Prince Skyline was discovered in America, and then saved by a restorer in Japan.
7. A Nissan Skyline GT-R has been lovingly restored… by Toyota. Everyone loves a cross-marque feel-good story.
6. Mazda brings back the 93LE Miata’s black and red for a limited Eunos Edition ND. Everyone loves a heritage throwback edition, too!
5. Mazda launches heritage parts program for FC and FD RX-7. A bright spot in an otherwise bleak year.
4. Toyota has ended 51 years of Mark II, Mark X production. A sad end to one of Japan’s favorite sedans.
3. RIP Yoshihiko Matsuo, Nissan Fairlady Z and Datsun 240Z designer, 1933—2020. Of the many we lost this year, one of the greatest.
2. Japanese racing seat company BRIDE is now making face masks. The face mask became the symbol of 2020 and a hot fashion item.
1. NISMO launches bare-metal, balanced-chassis, nut-and-bolt restoration program for Nissan Skyline GT-R. The idea of Japanese cars as classics has come a long way.
So there you have it. This year will truly be one for the history books, and we are glad to have had your company along the way. See you in 2021!
Lead image courtesy of Mooneyes.