One JNC rule of thumb is that one should strive for top spec when buying a classic car. However, that’s not always possible, especially with prices rising the way they are. Furthermore, it often overlooks perfectly acceptable — desirable, even — lower-spec models. For example, one could argue that though the DC2 Integra Type R is out of reach, a lower-spec Integra GS-R is still an appealing car in its own right. Lexus clearly positioned the SC400 as top-of-the-line, but one could argue that the manual and 2JZ-equipped SC300 is just as good, or better. Hell, there are even fetishists who prefer the Skyline GTS-t over the GT-R.
What lower-spec car would you be willing to own?
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 tuning house demo car?“.
The have been so many excellent tuner cars to come out of Japan, and for a dizzying variety of purposes. The Wangan-ripping ABR S130 Z was nominated multiple times but first by Lupus. Nigel threw the tire-shredding BN Sports D1GP Soarer’s hat into the ring. For a classic all-around turnkey street car there was Zu_‘s pick of the Mine’s Evo IV. Mitsubishi Magna suggested the JUN Auto Mechanic Civics, one built for drag racing and one built for autocrossing. There have been so many some have been almost entirely lost to history, like dankan pick of the HKS RX-7.
In the end, the winner this week was TheJWT, who had a hard time choosing but ultimately settled on Daigo Saito’s Chaser drift car:
So many good ones it’s hard to pick… The ABR Z, any of Smokey’s cars, Mine’s R34, HKS Zero-R, Amemiya FD3S…
I think my favorite though isn’t just a demo for what a person/shop can make, but it was also extremely successful- Daigo Saito/ Fat Five Racing’s JZX100 D1 car. It had less in common with its road-going counterpart than a modern Nascar does. Well over 1000 hp, under 1000kg, rear-mid engine, and running on methanol with no intercooler.
Omedetou, your comment has earned you a set of decals from the JNC Shop!