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Toyotas and Hondas, rare and

Forget about Ferraris, show’s all about Japanese

Michael Taylor, Chronicle Writer

Friday, July 27,

Summer is the high season of d’elegance, where the rich on manicured lawns and trot out classic Ferraris, pristine and Duesenbergs that really are But if you head for Vallejo on Saturday, you can in that rarity of the concours — a show devoted to Japanese collector cars.

not talking about a field of Camrys and Accords. Look, for such quirky little as the Honda S600 or S800, the Sports 800 or even that ne ultra of the Japanese collector car the Toyota 2000GT sports only 300 of which were

Japan, of course, is one of the biggest in the American car sales wars. it comes to collector models, Japan has been long the Edsel of the field. Not anymore.

In years, said Craig editor of Hemmings Sports Cars, a monthly magazine for

there has been a resurgent in cars like the first-generation RX7, or the Toyota Supra the 1980s.

Fitzgerald said and other Japanese cars the past three decades attracted collectors for several

They were very advanced for their day — things like advanced systems, digital dashboards and adjustable power seats, he And because of their relatively prices, they were that an average person. buy.

Take the one Castro Valley Matt Spielberg picked up years ago. It’s a Toyota Sports 800, a little roller skate of a car 45-horsepower, two-cylinder engine can it up to what Spielberg calls a scary 98 mph. It’s because your rear end is seven inches off the ground.

and his wife, Patty Chun-Spielberg, the car on eBay four years ago for Try that, Porsche lovers.

I it as a rusted hulk, Spielberg and I have another $8,000 in it. The car was imported to the United States. made about 3,100 in

Spielberg’s car will be on show at the Motoring J Style event at the County Fairgrounds in Vallejo.

The promoter is David Swig, son of Swig, who is well known in the Bay as a former auto dealer in San and, these days, as the of the annual California Mille a weeklong drive around California in the kind of fine old and antique European and American that the Japanese car show in would disdain.

When I of driving age, David said, the cars I could were older Japanese and so I always had a special place in my for those cars.

Toyota Sports 800

In the cultural world of cars, always been the core of who are into Porsche, Ferrari and Swig said. But the Japanese the Datsun 510 and 240Z, or the Toyota and Supra. These have a whole group of people who are not the you see at the Monterey Historic Automobile one of the events held during the August car festival on the Monterey that includes the prestigious Beach Concours d’Elegance.

the Toyota 2000GT has become an icon in the collector world 26 surviving examples of the car will be on at the Monterey races over the 17-19 weekend, sort of a passage into the high-toned of car collecting.

One of those cars belongs to Sue owner of Salinas Toyota. a red 2000GT she bought in 1974 and it has 38,000 miles on it.

They built individually — in 1967 — and there only 300 made in all, said. She said 70 of the 300 were to the United States.

I used to it all the time, until around or 1988, when I discovered how it is, Jamiesson said.

And how valuable is

They’re already bringing to $300,000 at auction, she said. In anyone is wondering, she added, is not for sale.

If you go

The Motoring J Style car show will take from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Solano County Fairgrounds, 900 Drive in Vallejo. Admission is $15 for free for children 12 and under. information can be found at or by (415) 479-9930.

This article appeared on B — 1 of the San Francisco Chronicle


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