It used to be very simple. If there was a JNC you wanted, you’d search its make and model on Craigslist. Either that, or hop on a forum dedicated to that model if such a thing existed. Nowadays, it can be a daunting task to find your dream car. Do you go on one of the newer sites like Offerup? Relentlessly prowl Facebook? Pay top dollar at one of the auction sites? With more and more people aware that Japanese cars are valuable, it’s a very different car buying landscape than it was a few years ago.
What’s the best way to find your dream JNC?
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 luxury car?”
The nomination of certain cars to answer this question was as reliable as a Lexus 1UZ V8. In fact, Toyotas were chosen more than any other marque. Readers such as Negishi no Keibajo and Speedie claimed the king of deluxe Nihon steel, the Toyota Century. But since those were only sold in Japan, readers like Lupus and Mazdafarian, selected the next best thing, the F10 Toyota Celsior/Lexus LS400. However, in true VIP spirit, Nigel came with an S130 Crown with Junction Produce body kit. cesariojpn went for the only car more exclusive than a Century, the Nissan Prince Royal. Meanwhile, Ellis defined luxury as something a bit more personal and sporting, a JC Eunos Cosmo. For something out of left field, crank_case picked the Ellica.
In the end, the winner had chosen probably the least luxurious car in the bunch. However, it was RX626‘s very personal story about the HE Mazda Sentia that secured him the win:
2nd Gen Mazda Sentia(929)
This car was one of my grandfather’s prized possessions.
At the time, my family’s company was doing well, and my family had always bought Mazdas, so it was inevitable that he would buy this car.
This car was the pride of my family.
After driving a Familia and a Capera, my grandfather finally got his hands on a top-of-the-line Mazda. It was a new car, in the higher trim level, with many dealer options.
The quiet sound of the engine, the majestic body design of a luxury car, the soft and comfortable seats that recline electrically. My previous Mazdas were memorable, but the Sentia was the first luxury car I ever experienced, and the one I spent the most time with in my life.
However, this car is no longer in my home.
My grandfather’s business could not keep up with the changing times, and as he aged, it was closed down.
And Sentia, too, had deteriorated over the years, to the point where it required a lot of money for repairs.
It was no longer possible for our family to maintain this car. I was told that this car was taken back to the Mazda dealership where my grandfather bought this car and it was scrapped.
After he quit his job, his current car is a cheap Kei car that he bought used.
The Sentia was a life achievement for my grandfather, and the last new Mazda he ever bought.
This car has never been highly regarded by auto enthusiasts or critics. But for me, it is one of the most precious memories of my childhood, and it is still the car I long for.
If someday, somewhere, I come across a silver Sentia just like the one I had back then, I am sure I will have it. To bring back the memories.
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