New year, new beginnings. 2024 is when you’re finally going to get that back burner project finished, or perhaps started, or at least cleared out so that it’s no longer surrounded by cardboard boxes. We believe in you. Commit your dedication here, in writing, so that you can look back in January 2025 and be proud of your progress in life.
What’s your automotive resolution for 2024?
The most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “What 1999 car would you import from Japan?“.
When asked which 1999 car would be best imported from Japan we, surprisingly enough, weren’t hit with a cascade of R34 Skyline GT-R comments. That might be the hypewagon of the year, but there are plenty of other worthwhile machines.
Take the R34’s little sister, the S15 Nissan Silvia, for example. Both Jim Klein and Taylor C. opted for the final Silvia, in purple and white, respectively. Lakdasa brought up another Nissan, the Primera 2.0 Te-v, which was perhaps overlooked for its non-turbo and CVT combo, but is a fascinating sedan nonetheless. We love Jonathon P.‘s idea of a Mazda Bongo Brawny, an XL box van with one of the best model names ever.
Admittedly we weren’t specific enough with the question, which intended to ask which car newly eligible in 1999 you would import. There are of course plenty of cars that became eligible from years prior that are equally worthy, エーイダン‘s Toyota Caldina GT-T or J Wilson‘s Subaru Alcyone SVX. And why go for the R34 when you can have the rarest O.G. Skyline GT-R, MWC‘s Kenmeri?
This week’s winner is Curtis, who wisely picked the S170 Toyota Crown Athlete. Like most Crowns, it does its job dutifully without making a fuss, and as a result is underrated.
A 1999 Toyota Crown Athlete. I’ve recently been converted to the church of the performance sedan and now that I know a JZX100 Chaser is going to be out of my financial reach (I don’t wanna put myself into debt for a fun car), the Crown Athlete is now on my list. It blends in, it’s fast enough to get out of its own way, and it’s a Toyota so I know it’ll last another 25 years as long as I take care of it.
Omedetou, your comment has earned you a set of decals from the JNC Shop!