Recently I was tapped to play out this game on another site. The rules there stated I had to spend all 10 grand on a single car, which put my top choice, a 1976 Celica GT Liftback, out of the running (All Japanese cars were out, so I ended up with a BMW 530i, though as a kid I would’ve picked a Corvette L82. If asked which of the three would be most valuable today, I doubt many would have predicted the Toyota have the highest selling price, followed by the Corvette and the BMW dead last). We’re going to modify the question a bit so that you don’t have to spend the full amount. But you still have 10 thou and a time machine, and you have to buy a new car that was available for sale somewhere in the world.
How would you spend $10,000 on a car in the year you were born?
The most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “What’s your favorite Japanese car logo?“.
This week’s answers proved that there’s simply a mind-blowing variety of logos. It’s not just those of the manufacturer, like Speedie’s favorite, the Honda “H” and Acura caliper “A”. And as JJ pointed out, a simple flip of the background color to red could alter the meaning significantly. Jonathon P. picked Suzuki’s simply because it looked cool, and both Azfer and Mark F. Newton-John like Mitsubishi’s for its deep-rooted and straightforward meaning (Mitsubishi literally means “three diamonds”).
But there were also categories we hadn’t considered, like tailgate lettering. Sammy B likes the simple “TOYOTA” on the back of the company’s trucks, while Brandon digs the Mazda REPU’s more flamboyant “Rotary Power”. And when Ben E mentioned the A60 Celica Supra’s “SUPRA” outline, we realized that it falls into the same category.
There’s even logos made purely for American-built Japanese cars, like Ryan A.‘s Honda eagle affixed to Ohio cars sold in Japan. エーイダン‘s “Datsun Saves” was more for an American ad campaign, but proved so well-timed that you couldn’t even make something like that up.
Of course, individual model logos were a hit, especially animal logos like Bryan Kitsune‘s Celica dragon, Ian G.‘s MRS eagle, and f31roger‘s Nisaan Leopard leopard. Even the humble Corolla “C” with its flowered headdress is worth remembering, as nlpnt said. Dave selected the Mazda Cosmo Sport prototype’s ballsy choice of an atomic symbol for its logo.
In the end, it was Nihonnotekko‘s description of the same car’s production badge that filled us with inspiration. Also, bonus points for using “Reuleaux triangle”.
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