Saturday, July 29, 2017

Tokyo JDM Hunting

When I'm not driving, cycling around Tokyo is easily one of my favorite pastimes and, no matter whether I try or not, I always end up running into some cool cars. From old JDM machines kept in pristine condition all the way to the most exotics brands and everything in between - you'll never know what's hiding behind the next corner. I'm a bit of a photo freak and always end up taking way too many photos, so I thought I'd share some, even if not BNR34 related. This weekend I ran into a few goodies, like this Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V.

Call me nostalgic, but they really don't make machines like these anymore. The successive iteration of the Evo looked more and more domesticated, but this one was absolutely bonkers. From the massive fixed rear wing to the huge openings on the bumper and the round fog lights, all the way to the NACA duct and louvers (holes would be more appropriate) on the hood. It looks like Mitsubishi didn't even try to make it look even remotely domesticated and was handling to customers keys of a roadworthy WRC Group A car.

Again, perhaps the years are starting to kick in and I'm really getting older, but there is absolutely nothing on sale today that looks even remotely as "in your face" as this car. The Ralli Art stickers on the fenders combined with the yellow paint job bring back memories from the original Gran Turismo days: god bless the late 90's. And let's not forget the price: the Evo V costed about 3.5M ¥ when it was launched in 1998! Mitsubishi, where have you gone?

The combination of a lightweight construction and the famous rotary engine make the Mazda RX7 the ultimate street/track machine for many. Personally I have always been more intrigued by heavier GT machines with generous power, but every time I run into a well kept JDM I just can't help myself, regardless of the model: I have to take pictures.

This RX7 looked absolutely fantastic and, if ever needed, is testament of how much Japanese owners care about their cars.

Running into R35 GT-Rs in Tokyo is quite common and, I must admit, a huge temptation as well. The high production volume and worldwide availability have basically destroyed any chance of appreciation, thus leaving an incredible number of cars available on the second hand market for prices sometimes equal or lower than the BNR34.

This really is the best bang for your bucks out there. Could it be my next car?

Until next time. 

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