Japanese Cars from the ’80s and ’90s Are Suddenly Lighting Up the Market. Here’s Why.


The car was originally estimated for a sale of $100,000 to $120,000. While such a sum for a Japanese sports car certainly came as surprise to many,

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This past January, a 1994 Toyota Supra’with 7,100 miles on the odometer’garnered $121,000 on Bring a Trailer, a popular automotive auction site. According to Bring a Trailer co-founder and CEO Randy Nonnenberg, the trend of iconic classic cars from Japan creeping up in value has been going on for some time now, but has finally reached a fever pitch of enthusiasm.

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From Mahindra collaborating with Pininfarina to build a hypercar to BMW’s new X7, and Ford’s Mustang Bullitt heading to SA… Here are all the top motoring stories of the week.

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Mahindra is making giant strides in the market, they now have plans to build a hypercar in collaboration with Pininfarina.

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There are a host of new models scheduled for launch in SA. BMW’s X7 SUV and 8-Series sedan, as well as Ford’s iconic Mustang Bullitt will be available sometime next year.

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Today, the Japanese car industry is so tightly interwoven with the fabric of American automotive culture that it’s almost impossible to separate it. But going into the 1960s, practically no American wanted or trusted Japanese products outside of the transistor radio and Honda Cub 50 motorcycle.

So the Japanese industry had to fight to prove itself in this country, and it did so by turning out affordable products that, even if they lacked excitement, were durable and economical to operate. By the 1970s Honda, Mazda, Nissan and Toyota were pushing the product envelope with machines that dared to be entertaining alongside the now well-known virtues of Japanese cars. Throw in a couple of traumatic fuel shortages caused by OPEC oil embargoes, and by 1980 Japanese carmakers were entrenched in America. By the 1990s, they were building many of their cars here in the United States.

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When the first LX-platform Chryslers appeared in late 2004, buyers who had long grown wary of the automaker’s products took solace in the fact that the new 300 and Dodge Charger/Magnum borrowed so many components from bedmate Mercedes-Benz.

While not a direct carryover, the front and rear suspension, floorpan, and five-speed automatic transmission (among other items) all boasted German heritage. DaimlerChrysler found itself with a hit on its hands. Thirteen years later, after many updates and styling refreshes, LX cars still trundle off Fiat Chrysler’s Brampton, Ontario assembly line and into the waiting arms of North American traditionalists.

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Each new year brings a menagerie of new (to us) cars to be found to the right and to the left of the continental United States. That’s thanks to the rolling 25-year NHTSA exemption for foreign vehicles that are otherwise non-conforming, part of a federal legal framework that essentially keeps newer cars with a dozen airbags out of the country, but means you can freely import a Romanian 4×4 from the 1970s with some parts missing. It’s all done for your safety… we think.

  • Publisher: Autoweek
  • Date: 2015-12-30
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