The worlds in which we inhabit on the internet are largely Star Wars compactor-esque rooms of filth that crush you to death if the garbage monsters don’t get you first. There are small oasis of joy, though, and few are more joyful than this tour of a Japanese tuner car lot filled with vehicles of astounding design.
Japanese cars started off as cheap-and-cheerful econoboxes. They were cute little low horsepower/high MPG compacts that took America by storm. Cut to the mid-80s and these “econoboxes” morphed into highly capable sports cars. By the end of the decade, they were able to go toe-to-toe with the world’s finest cars at…
This weekend, the Petersen Automotive Museum—reopens December 1st!—turned Japanese with an all-Nippon cruise-in. It was an event long overdue, and certainly welcomed. They put the word out to Facebook, Twitter, smoke signals, mirrors off the moon, etc. And then, over 500 cars showed up.
Ever wonder how Japanese car brands are pronounced in their home market? Unless you're Japanese, the answer is probably "I've kind of wondered about that." Well, kind of wonder about that no more.
Think it's hard to have your brake lights double-checked? Wait until you see what a car inspection is like in Japan.
The Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance is where some of the finest European and American vintage cars are showcased and auctioned to the world's elite. But what if you're a fan of cars from the Land of the Rising Sun? If so, you're in luck this year.
Back at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, Suzuki unveiled the Hustler concept, a cute and wonderful utilitarian concept car. I liked it, and forgot about it. BUT OMG THEY ACTUALLY BUILT IT HOLY CRAP THIS THING IS AMAZING
Full-size station wagons are still a reasonably common sight here in America, but they're totally alien in Japan, where these two Aussies found this rear-drive, V8 Caprice longroof.
One of the great things about living on the West Coast is how established the Japanese classic car community is. In many parts of the US, there's still people who laugh at the idea of a Japanese classic car show, but out in Long Beach this past weekend it was clear that Japanese 'nostalgic' cars are serious business…
This is a Mitsubishi Celeste from the seventies. It's the last car we saw at this year's Geneva Motor Show before leaving the building, and we wanted it more than most new things around.
Remember going to school as a little kid? Specifically, think about that moment in the morning, waiting outside in the cold, barely awake and wondering if you actually did your math homework or just dreamed you did. Now picture seeing the school bus come lumbering down the street to collect you. What's the feeling in…
Have you ever noticed this angle on the LFA? Its ferocious price may preclude the car from ever becoming the Honda NSX’s reincarnation, but it sure is the Japanese supercar at its current, devastating best. Photo Credit: Máté Petrány
Tom Cruise’s $30,000 toy Indy racer for his kid? Please. Consider this: an all-platinum Datsun Fairlady Z created by a Japanese jeweller to mark the 40th anniversary of model maker Tomica and the Fairlady Z itself.