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Japanese Classic Cars for Sale

Boasting precision and what can sometimes be termed a utilitarian edge, Japanese classic cars offer up a unique view into the past of this innovative culture.

Japanese Classic Cars: Defining a Lifestyle

The Japanese have always been known for their technological prowess and efficiency. In fact, these represent some of their core defining cultural traits over the years. Thus, it is no surprise that Japanese classic cars exhibit these qualities in terms of design and their unique aesthetic appeal.

A Look at Some Examples of Famous Japanese Classic Cars

While Japan has been producing vehicles since the 1900s, manufacturers did not experience international success until the demand for exports rose. This was also coincidentally the same time period when famous brands such as Toyota and Mazda came into existence. Some well-known models that gained prominence include the Toyota GT2000 (featured in the James Bond film “You Only Live Twice”). It is also interesting to note that many fans of vintage models have become quite interested in the market for Japanese classic cars. For instance, American talk show host Jay Leno currently owns a 1966 Mazda Cosmo 110S. This Mazda is considered to be one of the most sought-after models on the market.

Japanese Classic Cars: Important Brands and Models

When speaking of "classic", we will be referring here to those which have been produced during the past 50 years (many consider the 1960s and 1970s to represent the pinnacle of innovation). A handful of notable examples include the 1972 Datsun 240Z, the 1981 Mazda RX7, the 1969 Nissan Patrol, the 1960 Subaru 360, the 1967 Honda N600 and the 1971 Nissan Skyline GT X.

In terms of Japanese classic cars produced early in the 20th century, some pristine examples including the Mitsubishi Model A and a car known as the DAT commissioned by Kaishinsha Motor works (1920) are worth noting. However, major firms such as General Motors and Ford would dominate the market during the years leading up to the Second World War. This is why true Japanese classic cars did not once again emerge until the 1960s.

Where to Find High-End Japanese Classic Cars

There are many international events which exhibit Japanese classic cars. Some of the most prominent include Japfest (at the Silverstone racetrack in the United Kingdom), The Classic Auto Show (in the United States) and the Tokyo Auto Salon (Japan). Please note that regular online auctions are likely to offer up some truly amazing options.

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1991 | Nissan 300 ZX Twin Turbo

NISSAN 300 ZX 300ZX turbo 24V cat 2+2

£17,644
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1987 | Toyota MR2

TOYOTA MR 2 1.6 16V 1987 - ISCRITTA ASI

£13,449
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1987 | Toyota Land Cruiser Turbo LJ 70

TOYOTA Land Cruiser II 2.4 turbodiesel LJ70

£9,246
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2009 | Mazda MX-5 2.0

Mazda MX-5 2.0i Roadster Coupe automaat

£13,365
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1992 | Mazda MX-5 1.6

Mazda MX-5 Miata 1.6i-16V Uniek, 61000 miles.

£15,046
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1993 | Mitsubishi Eclipse GS

MITSUBISHI Eclipse 2.0 16V cat GS -ISCRITTA ASI-

£9,583
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1990 | Daihatsu Feroza 1.6i Special Hard-top

DAIHATSU Feroza 1.6 i 16V 95 CV Part Time GPL

£3,699
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1999 | Nissan Patrol GR 2.8 TD

NISSAN Patrol GR 2.8 TD 3 porte SE Hard Top, FINANZIABILE

£8,826
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1990 | Toyota Supra 3.0 Turbo

TOYOTA Supra 3.0i turbo 24V cat Targa

£37,826
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1998 | Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution

Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution Grijs M0811

£41,609
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1997 | Mazda MX-5 1.8

1997 Mazda MX5 Harvard Ltd Edition - 16000 Miles - 1 Owner

£17,995
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1992 | Honda CRX del Sol ESi

HONDA CRX "del Sol" 1.6 ESi c/clima cat., Targa Oro ASI

£7,145
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1987 | Suzuki SJ 410

SUZUKI Santana SJ 410 - TARGA ORO

£6,557
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1997 | Honda NSX

1997 Honda NSX

£46,000
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1978 | Toyota Land Cruiser BJ 40

1978 Toyota BJ40 Land Cruiser '78

£12,188
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