Monthly Archives: November 2013

KIDNEY, ANYONE? Solar Red 1967 Toyota 2000GT sold for $968,000

This is now the fourth Toyota 2000GT to sell for around one million dollars. Sotheby’s and RM Auctions recently collaborated together to throw a live auction extravaganza in Manhattan called “The Art of the Automobile”, bringing together 34 historic cars which … Continue reading

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EVENTS: Tokyo Motor Show, Day 02

On Day One of the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show we saw one of the most significant concepts to come out of Japan since the FT-86. With that excitement out of the way, we spent Day Two seeing what Nissan’s major … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s one thing a JNCer must do in Japan?

So we’re “stuck” in Japan this week in the aftermath of the Tokyo Motor Show. Boo hoo, poor us. Tell us where to go and we’ll shoot some pictures. What’s the one thing a JNCer must do in Japan? If … Continue reading

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EVENTS: Tokyo Motor Show, Day 01

We’ve already covered the biggest reveal of the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, and it was a doozie. But it wasn’t the only thing to see at the wild and wonderful event that showcases what the automakers we know and love … Continue reading

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NEWS: Nissan’s IDx Freeflow is the Datsun 510 reborn

At the Tokyo Motor Show today, Nissan revealed the IDx Freeflow Concept, a car inspired by the legendary Datsun 510. It’s a love letter to the hard core Datsun devotee, or even newfound fans born decades after the original ceased … Continue reading

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ART CORNER: So apparently Louis CK was conceived in a Toyota Corona

If you are not yet familiar with comedian Louis CK, do yourself a favor and look up his stuff on YouTube. Artist Jaeil Cho recently drew a comic version of one of CK’s bits about kids asking “why?” ad infinitum. … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s the wildest Japanese concept car?

We are headed to the Tokyo Motor Show tomorrow to cover Nissan’s new retro concept. The salon is known for bringing us design studies and techno-wizardry that could only have stemmed from a nation as obsessed with the future as … Continue reading

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Please donate to Typhoon Haiyan relief

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Philippines. Earlier this month, Typhoon Haiyan ravaged through the Leyte and Samar islands, causing catastrophic damage and the loss of 3,700 lives. Ninety percent of Tacloban City was destroyed by gusts reaching … Continue reading

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NEWS: Nissan readies 86/BRZ fighter with retro styling

In less than a week, Nissan is going to reveal something very special to JNC readers at the Tokyo Motor Show. We can’t tell you what it is, as we have no desire to steal Nissan’s thunder or betray our sources. All … Continue reading

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EVENTS: SevenStock 16

Mecca for Mazdafarians. That was the scene at SevenStock 16 last weekend, held at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. This year’s gathering for fans of rotary engine was one of the biggest in recent memory, and although everything … Continue reading

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EVENTS: 2013 SEMA Show

The SEMA show is a purist’s worst nightmare. Stock is a dirty word to these people. You won’t find a single unmolested car in the whole Death Star-sized convention hall, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Those brave enough … Continue reading

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VIDEO: JDM Legends Prince Skyline GT-B touge run

Here’s JDM Legends taking the Prince Skyline GT-B we profiled earlier this year into the snowy touge of Utah. That straight six burble is music to our ears. Watch the video below. 

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MINICARS: Hot Wheels X JNC 1970 Toyota Celica

We at JNC are proud to share the latest Hot Wheels release to bear our inkan logo. A couple weeks ago the third official color of the popular Hot Wheels 1970 Toyota Celica arrived at the JNC office, but as usual we took … Continue reading

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DESIGN: Our beer with Shiro Nakamura

A couple months ago we had a beer with Nissan’s Shiro Nakamura. He’s a man with a long title, namely, Senior Vice President, Chief Creative Officer, Design and Branding. In other words, he’s the Don Draper of Nissan. Nakamura-san oversees the … Continue reading

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MOTORSPORT: Joginder Singh, Mitsubishi Rally Pioneer, 1932-2013

The Mitsubishi world recently lost one of its greats. In 1974 Joginder Singh, behind the wheel of a Lancer GSR 1600, brought the Triple Diamond Syndicate its first major international rally victory by winning the Safari Rally. Then he did it again in … Continue reading

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QotW: What modern car would be acceptable at a JNC meet?

So it’s Friday evening and your local old school Japanese meet is about to begin. But your sweet, chrome-bumpered ride is still on jack stands and has no hope of being finished in time. Gotta hop in the daily. What … Continue reading

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KIDNEY, ANYONE? 1968 Toyota 2000GT for just under $1 million

The 2000GT marketwatch continues with car number 101, which is currently being offered for $995,000 in La Jolla, California. Although this example was originally a US-market model, it has the uniqueness of having lived in Japan for many years. Having … Continue reading

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KIDNEY, ANYONE? 33k-mile Isuzu Impulse

I don’t think I have ever seen a vintage Isuzu for sale with an asking price that exceeds $5,000 this comfortably. But in my opinion, it doesn’t get much better than this 1984 Isuzu Impulse with just under 34,000 miles. 

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PROFILES: Mooneyes’ 1JZ 1970 Toyota Crown Hardtop

With 14 consecutive generations and counting, the Toyota Crown is the standard of Japanese sedans. In its 58 years of continuous production, it’s inhabited many guises — saloon, wagon, pickup, ambulance, and even police pursuit vehicle — but the most … Continue reading

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PRODUCT GUIDE: Hella Vision Plus 7″ Halogen H4 Conversion Headlamp

One of the sacrifices we have to make to drive the cars we love is safety. And while old cars offer great visibility thanks to large greenhouses, that advantage is nullified at night when 30-year-old wiring and outdated bulb technology … Continue reading

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