Market Finds: 6 Intriguing Japanese Classics That Need New Homes

6 Intriguing Japanese Classics That Need New Homes

Petrolicious Productions By Petrolicious Productions
August 25, 2015
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This week in Market Finds, we’ve picked six classics from the Land of the Rising Sun that are appreciating in value, from Toyota FJ40 all the way to a beautiful “Hakosuka” GT-R. While finding parts is often difficult—sometimes importation, too—we think the extra effort is worth it: after all, do you think your neighbour will be getting a Toyota Sports 800 any time soon?

The car: 1970 Nissan Skyline GT-R 
Price: Inquire
Location: Japan
Seller’s Info: Click here

It’s going to be a pricey purchase, but owning an original “Hakosuka” GT-R must be at the top of many enthusiasts’ bucket lists. With a competition-derived inline-6 developed from the R380 race car, this example was recently restored to a high standard, with a few small detail items still to be addressed—like the Willans belts and non-factory Weber carburetor. 

The car: 1968 Toyota Sports 800
Price: $59,500
Location: Beverly Hills, CA
Seller’s Info: Click here

One of the rarest—and earliest—sports cars from Japan, the Sports 800 is a little jewel of a car that enjoys a small but loyal following. For an example said to be mechanically sound but looking a bit rough cosmetically, its price of $59,500 is in addition to any time you may be spending over the next few years building up a personal cache of spare parts for it—like the missing hubcaps. We suspect it’ll be worth it; here’s some inspiration.

The car: 1978 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40
Price: $84,500
Location: Philadelphia, CA
Seller’s Info: Click here

If you’re shopping for an FJ40, things have gotten much easier after the most mint examples started trading at more than $100,000. Now it seems as though every FJ40 in North America is for sale, or restored, or in the process of being restored… LBI Limited in Philadelphia, PA has this 1978 example for sale at $84,500—definitely at the upper end of the scale for these, but still less expensive than building a time machine to warp you back to 1978.

The car: 1990 Honda NSX
Price: Inquire
Location: Japan
Seller’s Info: Click here

We’re not sure what the asking price is on this two-owner, early Honda NSX, with just 40,000 kms (~25,000 miles) from new across two owners. What we are sure about, however, is that it looks every bit as nice as the one Honda had on display in its museum. It’s also eligible for import into the U.S., by the way…

The car: 1973 Toyota Corolla Levin TE-27
Price: Inquire
Location: Japan
Seller’s Info: Click here

Older brother to the much-loved AE86, the rare and sporty Corolla Levin TE-27 isn’t a collector car well-known in the U.S., but its rear-drive chassis and willing 1.6-litre 4-cylinder engine was designed to provide maximum driving thrills, with speed comparable to small, sporty European cars of the period. Under the hood is a 2T-G twincam, with two double Mikuni carbs. With some massaging for racing, the normally-aspirated motor is capable of an impressive 200+ horsepower and a redline of about 9,000 rpm.

The car: 1988 Toyota Celica 165 TTE Works WRC Car
Price: Inquire
Location: Belgium
Seller’s Info: Click here

If road cars aren’t your thing, what about Kenneth Eriksson’s Celica rally car? With a best finish of 6th in 1988 and 2nd in 1989—but not likely in this exact car—this is the sort of ex-racer that is will get a workout in one of the many vintage rally events around the world…but a fast and fire-breaking WRC machine is probably a bit of an overkill for your local rallycross.

Petrolicious makes no claim as to the accuracy of the information contained in the car’s original listing, nor will it be held responsible for any errors in said information. If you’re interested in any of these cars, do your homework and research extensively before you buy.

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Alexandre Goncalves
Alexandre Goncalves

Almost forgot.

There´s a Nissan Skyline PGC10 2400GT over here to – it belonged to Nissan ´s dealer – 6.000 kms on the clock – mint condition-

1 of 4 known to exist with LHD!

Alexandre Goncalves
Alexandre Goncalves

Greetings from Portugal! First post , so be gentle 🙂 I´ve been following Petrolicious since a fellow musician old me about it – what a cool site! Well, moving on, I just caný believe the prices they are asking for BJ40 – over here you can get them cheap (they not easy to find, but they exist!) As to the Honda – 10 years ago I visited a warehouse where it sat one yellow one (besides an 1981 red bimmer 635CsiM with 77.000 kms on the clock….) The owner had no clue about the value of the cars…. (it belonged… Read more »

leo prestes
leo prestes

Hint for those after that Land Cruiser model: it was assembled in Brazil until 2001 under the name Toyota Bandeirante. There are lots of these in quite good conservation.

RdS
RdS

The money those FJ40’s go for in the US is absolutely unbelievable. They’re all beautifully restored, but bloody hell..
Hopefully Australia’s supply of solid, inexpensive Landcruisers can manage to stay here..

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger

Thats cause y’all aint got high mountain ski resort/towns all excessively gentrified with their extremely well heeled gentry vying for attention amongst a crowd that has almost everything . Hence ‘ them’ … now taking away from ‘ us’ what we’ve known about for years … making it their own by escalating the prices beyond even the upper middle classes means . As far as ‘ them ‘ taking yours away ? Probably not going to happen seeing as how RHD isn’t exactly a major selling point amongst that crowd here in the US . * THEM being the genuinely… Read more »

Stephan P
Stephan P

I think I could still pick up a 40 and restore it for less than $85k. So that time machine can still be built if you willing to put in some sweat equity.
Guitar Slinger. I bought a 60 two years ago, the increase in value has been incredible and I agree with you there is much more to come. Clean stockers are hard to find but they are out there.

Francois Bozonnet
Francois Bozonnet

in europe there are a lot of 40 avalaible. there are not all in good condition but their prices are not expensive…maybe Stephan you will find one and impot it to the USA as i do with my 69 VW bus from california.
let’s have a look on http://www.mobile.de

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger

FYI Francois . The days of cheap VW Beetle Buses has come and gone here in the States with prices on any of the models now considered ‘ collectables ‘ having escalated from the ridiculous to the absurd . So consider yourself lucky . Very lucky in fact

Francois Bozonnet
Francois Bozonnet

yes, i know. i am not sure that i will buy my bus today.. i am agree with you about the rise of the price. i can’t understand haw it is possible to pay such price for car that are not really rare, that have not an historical background and that sometimes are not in good condition. but, i am not sure that this situation still continue a long time. in fact i hope it will stop as the same way like in the 90’s…

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger

Seriously Stephan ! Take Francois’s advice [ or find one on the cheap here ] and I can line you up with at least three potential buyers in Aspen alone ! Spread the news across the resort towns I mentioned and you’d have yourself a down and dirty bidding war to end all bidding wars .

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger

Those classic FJ’s sure are appreciating right up into the stratosphere ever since the Aspen / Telluride / Vail / Jackson Hole crowd took notice and started snapping them up for outrageous amounts of money to use as their daily driver come winter etc taking them from off road beaters to status symbol collectables with price tags to match . Saw this trend coming from a mile away [ or high if you prefer ] about five years ago . Funny thing was back then no one believed me . Next up for the FJ ? All bets are they’ll… Read more »

Matthew
Matthew

“Wanna get on the next train out of the station?”

I’m pretty sure Broncos and, particularly, Land Rovers left the station a while ago.