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A Glimpse at the Japanese Auto Auctions – 6/24/15

It seems like kind of a slow week at the Japanese auctions and so I’ve only been able to find 6 cars worthy of mention. 3 of them aren’t even Japanese but they’re all still fantastic examples of the kinds of pure automotive awesomeness that you can find in the Far East so without further delay, this week’s coolest cars for auction!

6. 1969 Datsun U521

This Week's Awesome Japanese Auctions - 6/24/15

A Glimpse at the Japanese Auto Auctions – June 11

The Skyline is a great car, but there are many other amazing cars in Japan. Every week, over 100,000 cars are put up for auction and so I’ve combed through these listings to pick out 15 noteworthy cars that are up for auction and legal for US import. Most are JDM cars, but every once in awhile something really special from a European manufacturer is getting auctioned off, so you’ll see a few of those cars on the list as well.

While its too late to purchase most of these cars, if you see something you like send an email to [email protected] and we’ll find an equal or better car for you. And remember, you can always check out the auctions yourself through our website, by going to http://auc.jdm-expo.com!


15. 1988 Toyota Corolla GT-Z (AE92)

This Week's Awesome Japanese Auctions - 6/11

A Glimpse at the Japanese Auto Auctions – May 28

Another week and another 100,000 cars passing through the various auction houses of Japan.  I’ve perused the various auction listings to come up with 10 unique, neat or otherwise highlight-worthy vehicles that are all legal for US import and not Skyline GTRs. Why not Skyline GTRs? Japan is home to so many cool and unusual cars that could be brought to the US that the average person has no idea even exist and bringing a car to the US costs considerably less than you might think. I wanted to highlight some of them that come up for sale every week. So, onto this week’s Top 10.


10. 1981 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ60

This Week's Awesome Japanese Auctions - 5/28/15

A Glimpse at the Japanese Auto Auctions – May 21

The Japanese auto auctions are AWESOME! Why? Because over 100,000 cars go through them every week! Every car that every dealer, shop and some private owners have grown tired of gets posted up between Saturday and Wednesday and then put up for bid Wednesday through Friday.

One thing that makes Japanese auctions so fun is that they have a huge variety of cars. There’s USDM stuff brought over by importers and US military, there’s European and Chinese cars, drift cars, road race cars and cars so customized it’s hard to tell what they are.

Another thing is that many of these cars have low mileage and well maintained. Recently a 161,000 mile NSX in very good shape was featured on Nice Price or Crack Pipe for $25,000. That’s 260,000 kilometers, a number that would cause most Japanese auction buyers to completely ignore it, but that car got a 69% NP win.

The fever for Skyline GTRs has caused a ton of US importers to spring up and the bidding for these cars are insane. All of the importers have access to these auctions and every importer fights with every other importer for 1989-1990 GTRs. This means that other gems get totally overlooked, often getting no bids at all! I’ve compiled a list of my favorite 10 non-Skyline cars up for auction this week hoping to teach people that there’s more to Japan than Skylines, and many are just as cool.

10. 1988 Toyota Starlet Turbo S

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Meet Godzilla’s Little Brother, the Pulsar GTi-R!

The Nissan Pulsar GTi-R, aka “Baby ‘Zilla”

The Pulsar is normally a very boring, bland commuter car but Nissan decided to go racing with it and that’s where the fun began. In 1991, Nissan entered it into the Group A class of the WRC, pitting it against the Subaru WRX, Mitsubishi Evo, Lancia Delta Integrale and other rally legends. Thanks to the homologation rules Nissan was required to produce 5,000 models for public sale with 500 of those being the stripped down, race-ready GTI-RB models. The remaining 4,500 cars were the very similar but more street-friendly GTI-RA models. You can tell which is which by the VIN numbers; the RA has a VIN of EBYNRVFN14xxxx and the RB has a VIN of EBYNRRFN14xxxx.

Pulsar rally car

The Group A Nissan GTi-R

Between August of 1990 and November of 1994, about 12,000-15,000 GTi-R’s were made in total. The most were made in 1990 (good news for US buyers!). In 1992 Nissan changed some of the interior trim from pieces specific to the GTi-R to ones found across the Pulsar range, but otherwise the car remained unchanged throughout its run. Some ways you can tell an early from a late model include the Prince logo on the grill, a red GTi-R badge on the steering wheel and hollow (instead of solid) headrests. The model changes are purely cosmetic, so you can be assured that no matter what year Pulsar GTi-R you buy, you’re still going to get the same killer performance.

So what makes the GTi-R so awesome?

Simple, Nissan raided the parts bin. They took the motor from an S13 Silvia (an SR20, aka “red top”, with a big intercooler stuck on toppulsar gti-r motor) and the all-wheel drive system from the R32 Skyline GTS-4 and stuck it in a package with a curb weight of only 1220kg (1190kg for the RB models). This gave it a 0-100km/h time of under 5 seconds, a 232km/h top speed and a standing quarter mile time of 13 seconds. Nissan didn’t forget this was a road car though and added power windows, power locks, ABS, fully independent suspension and four-wheel disc brakes so not only does this little hot hatch scream, but it’s very nice to drive on a daily basis. With it’s 2 liter motor, it’s not bad on fuel either (if you can leave your foot out of it!). No other hatches on the market today can compete with a Pulsar GTi-R’s power to weight ratio, and a stock Pulsar GTi-R will have no problems flying past a VW Golf R32, Audi S3 or Honda Civic Type R.

Ok I want one, now what?

Why buy Skyline GTR R32?

There’s been much discussion in Japan about what the estimated prices will be for BNR32 Skylines. So 89-94 only 45,000 R32 GTRs were made. Given the number of crashes, track cars, and 25 years of wear and tear, it is figured less than half might be around. Many went to the UK, Australia, Canada, Europe. So maybe 5-9,000 cars are available, for all 5 years. So it is doubtful we will see any sort of market saturation anytime soon.

JDM EXPO – Classic and sports cars exporter based in Japan

JDM Expo Co., Ltd. is located in central Japan serving worldwide markets as the top Japanese exporter of JDM sports and classic cars. We have the largest inventory of JDM classic and sports cars in Japan and offer them at unbeatable prices from Japanese market domestic market. If a vehicle that you are looking for is not available in our stock, we also provide you a custom search of your dream vehicles from other Japanese domestic car dealerships.

The Cosmo Sport 110s for sale in Japan at JDM Expo!

Mazda Cosmo Sport 110s was the world’s first dual-rotor rotary engine production car and ever since has concurred the hearts of many classic Japanese car lover since its launch in 1967.

The Cosmo Sport 11os is considered by car enthusiasts to be a unique style Japanese interpretation of ‘what a Western sports car’ should look like. Near its production period, the Cosmo Sport 110s had a production run of around 1,200 units. Records show that only two 1967 Cosmos were exporter to the United States from Japan and the one of them being registered to Curtiss-Wright Corporation.