Today is Mountain Day in Japan, a day to celebrate the geological structures that comprise 80 percent of the nation’s land mass. Of course to car enthusiasts, mountains, specifically touge roads, represent the hallowed ground on which the quintessential lightweight Japanese sports coupe was honed. There’s nothing quite as satisfying a well-executed run along a snaking ribbon of asphalt with with dozens upon dozens of turns, and it takes a very special car to master it.
What’s your ideal touge weapon?
The most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “What car do you wish you hadn’t sold?”
Heartbreaking. That’s the only word that can appropriately describe all the stories of regret we read last week. Often times they involved cars that weren’t worth very much but were nonetheless extremely rare. There was Sebastian Motsch‘s Honda Accord Aerodeck, one of last clean ones in Germany, or Lachlan‘s Nissan Pulsar EXA.
Then there were those who didn’t foresee that their cars would one day be rare and sought-after, like Rick Moore, who owned both a first-gen Toyota Celica and a Mazda RX2 in period. Or James Boice, who was serving in Japan in the 1960s and owned a Honda S800 when new. Similarly, MikeRL411 almost bought a Toyota Land Cruiser in Japan in the 1960s but shipments of foreign made cars were frozen that fateful year.
socarboy bought a Datsun 720 new and treated it like the workhorse it was, but who knew that its entire segment, compact trucks, would be extinct decades later? Blitzpig sold a Honda CRX Si, but none of us could have predicted that Honda would one day no longer make lightweight pocket rockets. Then again, it could have ended up like Ellis‘ JDM Civic Si, as Hondas often do, stolen.
It’s doubly sad when the next owner doesn’t take good care of the car. kikiichiban‘s Odula FD RX-7 ended up as a dismantled project. Bryan Kitsune tried to do the responsible thing and cull his collection, but his Toyota Celica ST185 ended up with mismatched body panels and a blown motor.
That is why the winner this week is Yuri, who was considering selling his very rare Subaru BRZ tS, but saw the QotW as a sign to keep it. If he’s still on the fence about it, then maybe winning QotW will put him over the edge:
Growing up, I would always hear middle-aged people talk about how much they regretted selling a particular car. So I vowed I wouldn’t do that. If I had a car that I loved, I swore I would hang on to it, or at least one example if I had multiples. And this worked out for me for the most part. Or so I thought. It’s how I ended up with hanging onto an AE86 GTS, S30Z, factory green two-tone S13, and 4(!) A70 Toyota Supras. But there are always exceptions that can come back to bite you. With a new car you usually think, no problem, I can always get another later. In 2004 I bought my first ever new car, a 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII GSR in Blue-by-you. Two years later I sold it to buy a different car. The new owner totaled it on the way home. I never bought another Evo, because they never depreciated beyond what I sold mine for. Looking back, whenever I see an Evo on the street, I think how cool it is, and I miss mine. So I told myself I wouldn’t make that mistake again. And I might be making it right now, because this weekend I started thinking about selling my 1-of-104 Crystal Black Silica 2018 Subaru BRZ tS. The only other car I’ve ever bought new besides my Evo, and hunted down every rare dealer option Japanese market part I could for it. It’s almost like this question of the week is a sign that I’d be making a mistake….
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