Sakoda-san took a break from fixing the window winder mechanism on the E-type and invited us into the fully stocked bar he’s constructed, complete with more memorabilia including framed pictures of himself with Stirling Moss and Jean Alesi. As we talked over coffee (served in delicate English tea-cups), Sakoda-san became very animated and retrieved old photo albums, books, and models from behind the counter to show us.
What had I just done? The money was sent and gone. Last time, my research had been far more thorough and my actions much less impulsive. I was hooked before I read the end of the ad's second paragraph, but the fact that the seller was seemingly so forthcoming inspired confidence. Oh, and did I mention the car was across the US in Atlanta, Georgia?
/ 16 Oct 2014
There are the aesthetic considerations obviously, but the most loveable aspect of this car is its position within the two-speed, traditionalist position of the Australian classic car psyche (Holden or Ford). It would take some time to really portray the dualist mindset that many Australian blokes have when it comes to classics from the 1960s and ‘70s... being "is it a Holden or a Ford?"
/ 7 Oct 2014
My friend called me, saying “You have to buy this car.” We drove about two hours up the road at 9pm. When I first saw it, I liked the uniqueness of the color and the fact that it was a first-year 240Z. The guy I bought it from was actually the original owner. The Datsun had 69,000 miles and was bone stock, I've done everything to this car minus painting it.
/ 18 Sep 2014
We recently ran the Hakone Skyline with a Nissan PCG10 Skyline GT, Toyota AE86 Trueno, Honda S800M Coupe, and a Nissan R35 GT-R. Each run around the Fuji Five Lakes is peppered with postcard views of the mirror-surfaced lakes, Fuji-san in the distance, and, with luck, the equally mountainous roads to Moose Hills hamburger for lunch, all before sprinting back to Tokyo.
By / 12 Sep 2014
Yesterday, we featured a bright yellow Brit living in the US and today we're going across the pond to its country of origin to feature a more understated Japanese import. However, this Toyota MR2 is no less worthy and seems to be very original in fact, sporting less than 46k miles on the clock.
/ 12 Sep 2014
Before the 600hp monster that is the Nissan GT-R NISMO, the R32, the Hakosuka, even before Nissan and Prince merged, came the Prince Skyline in 1957. It sported a lowly 1.5L 60hp engine and looked to all the world like a slimmed-down General Motors knock-off. But in spite of its derivative appearance it showcased Japanese manufacturing prowess to the world...
By / 2 Sep 2014
The seller of the Land Cruiser you see here states that it's a "survivor that hasn't been abused." In fact, this forty-one-year-old rig has been cared for by its previous owner and, courtesy of the present titleholder, a Toyota dealership. The former personally rebuilt this truck's 2F engine.
/ 21 Aug 2014
When I was twenty-four I bought my first motorcycle: a 1972 Honda CB750. This bike did two things for me. It completely sold me on the quality and absolute value of a Honda motorcycle; they are absolutely bulletproof, beautiful, and reliable. Secondly, it hooked me on riding motorcycles for life.
By / 18 Aug 2014
Some people prefer to relax by curling up with a good paperback. Others choose to unwind by going for a drive. This 1990 Toyota Supra Turbo is for both types of leisure lovers. According to the seller, it has "30... service stamps in the service books,... all manuals and all receipts for everything."
Lately, we've been feeling left out. There are many wonderful cars that much of the world has gotten to enjoy and yet for one reason or another were never shipped to the USA. We can pretty much import any car we want so long as it's more than twenty-five years old. This is how we'd blow our hard-earned cash...