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Japanese cars may hold the for collector cars – Automatter

By January 26, 2011 4:07 pm

half-way through a collector car held in Portland, Oregon on the Saturday in September by Silver a car that was a veritable time appeared on the docket. It was a 1976 B210 two-door fastback painted yellow and fitted a black vinyl interior. behind it, was a late model Corvette; more along the of what one might expect at an event.

Nestled in the Datsun’s bay was the original 1.4 liter, four-cylinder backed by an automatic transmission. was just 33,043 actual. All and owner’s manual went the car. The body was straight and evidenced only slight It sold at a bid of $4,300.

Silver the company that sold the also stages an auction in , during the Hot August Nights It was there, earlier this that a 1966 Datsun series 477 sedan, in similar sold for a bid of $4,300. Call it a But it might also be the continuation of a

A 1978 Toyota Levin GT, with manual steering and air-conditioning, at the Greenwood Car Show in on June 26, 2010. (Photo by Parkhurst)

There’s steadily interest in vintage Japanese helped by the fact that were retired to the salvage when repairs got too onerous for

While collectors who generally towards big-bore American or sophisticated European sports might wonder why, who grew up with Japanese several generations since understand that even as plebeian as a Datsun B210 has a

Back in 1974, a B210, by the Nissan USA employee’s race won H-Production during the American Race of Champions and set a track of 121.9 mph. While one an automatic transmission might not be a 27 mpg fuel economy and good availability add up to a vintage automobile one can with little effort.

The efforts of Bob Sharp, based in and Peter Brock, based in established what was then in the States as Datsun, in the Seventies; and to interest in Datsun/Nissan sports and early 510 sedans.

Honda and the two best known Japanese are just beginning to become at collector auctions. During the that Silver Auctions during Hot August Nights, this year, a 1972 N600 two door hatchback was one of over 35,000 sold in the States.

Sporting just original miles, it was mostly save for a new coat of paint in appeared to be a correct shade of Additionally, it was shod with new tires. It drew a lot of interest, in because many in the audience had never seen one. bought it for $9,288 (that includes 8 percent buyer’s

A 1979 Toyota Corona at the Car Show in Seattle, Washington, 26, 2010 (Photo by Terry

There’s also interest in early examples of Toyota and Corolla sedans. In January of Jack Safro, a Milwaukee-area dealer who’d been the first to sell Japanese in the Midwest, bought a 1966 Corona sedan, at a Silver in Fort McDowell, Arizona, for in part, because the car had just original miles on it.

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Shortly Mr. Safro passed away in 2009, that same was offered at a Mecum auction in Indiana with just one mile accumulated since as part of a sale of his estate’s collection. It sold for a stunning

While that sale have been an anomaly, it helped the value of other examples of that car. a light blue 1969 Corona, two-door hardtop, just 57,162 miles, was offered at another Mecum in St. Charles, Illinois, held 16-19.

I t had original paint some chips and nicks in it and bit of and tear on the driver’s seat; but it included the original tools and touch-up paint. Because it was and clean, it sold for $9,900 included 10 percent buyer’s

As those who grew up coveting Chevrolet cars or the “muscle of the 1960s, quit buying at auction, it seems inevitable other sorts of cars replace those.

“ It that the ‘model T rules’ are to take effect,” says Pringle, a machinist in Seattle who a 1972 Honda N600, asked about the changing Pringle is alluding to the fact Ford model T cars or are hard to sell; since who grew up wanting them as have either passed on, or buying anymore.

Five years ago, one sense the change beginning, the first Japanese Classic Car was held in Long Beach, It was a celebration of Japanese cars, 20 or older, staged by Koji and Yamaguchi, Japanese expatriates been living in California for years. Though initially compared with gatherings of or European car enthusiasts, the Japanese Car Show has developed a loyal and increased in size, each year. It has had an ancillary effect, as cars are now showing up at cars across America; sometimes in with similar cars, other countries, such as the Metropolitan or the air-cooled Volkswagen

A 1976 Honda Civic wagon, leads a row of other vintage cars, at the Greenwood Car in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Parkhurst)

It’s hard to say what the result will be, but one thing certain: the interest in vintage automobiles, even trucks, likely continue to grow. Terry Parkhurst

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