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Keep the Rotary of Life Spinning with This Mazda RX-7

Keep the Rotary of Life Spinning with This Mazda RX-7

By Petrolicious Productions / 18 Jul 2014

The circle of life can be found everywhere, especially in the automotive world. The owner of this 1985 Mazda RX-7 doesn't "have much time to enjoy it, and would like to free up garage space." Thus his listing of the Japanese coupe, in search of a new owner, begins the cycle anew.

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Zero to Sixty in 32.6 Seconds

Zero to Sixty in 32.6 Seconds

By Petrolicious Productions / 11 Jul 2014
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No, the zero-to-sixty time isn't remarkable nowadays, but it wasn't back then either. And frankly, you were probably better off using a calendar to measure this little Honda's acceleration than a stop-watch. But it was fun, didn't cost a fortune, and helped introduce much of the world to Hondas as cars.

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Regardless of the Climate, This Datsun is in Great Shape

Regardless of the Climate, This Datsun is in Great Shape

By Petrolicious Productions / 10 Jul 2014

People who love cars and winter weather are typically well-served by not combining them. The salt applied to roads during the cold months has a tendency to ravage cars. According to the listing, this 1983 Datsun 280ZX Turbo's owner has made sure not to mix that pair of pleasures.

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How Would You Modify This Toyota MR2?

How Would You Modify This Toyota MR2?

By Aaron McKenzie / 2 Jul 2014
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Since buying this '91 Toyota MR2 turbo, I’ve changed nothing about it because I haven’t decided on a unified direction for my modifications. Given the car’s proximity to originality (and the creeping valuations of original MR2s), should I track down some original wheels and keep its mechanics stock? Or, do I take advantage of the fact that these 3S-GTE engines are only a few tweaks away from 300 hp?

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Vintage Japanese Racing Photos Include Skylines and Fairladys

Vintage Japanese Racing Photos Include Skylines and Fairladys

By Petrolicious Productions / 20 Jun 2014
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As shocking as it might be to my fellow Americans, we don't hold a patent on the national auto racing series. And similar to NASCAR, Japan's JTCC has been running in different iterations since the late 1960s (yes, we know NASCAR is older). Back then the series was virtually dominated by the C10 Skyline GT-Rs...

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Pao! Buy this Nissan!

Pao! Buy this Nissan!

By Petrolicious Productions / 10 Jun 2014

Looking like a baroque Japanese wagon with a heavy dose of cute, the Pao is based on the completely pedestrian Nissan Micra underneath, another car never available in the U.S. Powered by a 1.0L four-cylinder and shifted by a five-speed manual.

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These Toyota Starlet Commercials and Japanese Designs Win

These Toyota Starlet Commercials and Japanese Designs Win

By Petrolicious Productions / 6 Jun 2014
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There's something so great about vintage Japanese car brochures—this one features the 1984 Starlet. Maybe it's the graphic nature of the Japanese characters that makes Japanese brochures look design-y and interesting, or maybe it's the use of lots of bright colors. Don't miss the 1981 Starlet commercials at the bottom of the article!

 

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These Motorcycle Pics, Err, Paintings are Incredible

These Motorcycle Pics, Err, Paintings are Incredible

By Petrolicious Productions / 14 May 2014
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Have a good long look at these photos. Oh, sorry! Did we say photos? They're actually paintings, but you can probably understand the mistake. These millimeter-perfect illustrations are the work of Mr. Kenji Shibata. He describes his creations as "unsurpassed depictions that faithfully capture the heart of Japanese motorcycle history."

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What Would You Like to See More of?

What Would You Like to See More of?

By Yoav Gilad / 24 Apr 2014
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I'd like to know, if Petrolicious was yours to command, what you'd like to see more of? Which brands, which cars, which products, and which people should we be paying more attention to? There are no wrong answers, even if you claim there are cars made outside of Italy, which is obviously not true.

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Why the Datsun 240Z Is Collectable

Why the Datsun 240Z Is Collectable

By Petrolicious Productions / 21 Apr 2014 / 9 Comments Read More

The Collector is a weekly series produced in association with Gear Patrol.
Everyone knows the Datsun 240Z. However, for many, according to Mr. Brian Rabold, Hagerty’s Valuation Services Senior Manager, the Z “redefined what an affordable sports car could be, and in some ways helped seal the fate of British sports cars in the US. And while nice 240Zs could be found anywhere for less than $10,000 for years, astute buyers have long since recognized their value and it's now difficult to find a high-quality example for four figures.”

1968 Honda N600 Was Fun and Fancy Free

1968 Honda N600 Was Fun and Fancy Free

By Petrolicious Productions / 11 Apr 2014
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How do you advertise a foreign entry-level car in the country that practically invented the entry-level car? Make the campaign bright, modern, and above all: fun! In the late 1960s, Honda was expanding globally and their cars were especially well-suited to budget-concious people and the rebuilding European economies.

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