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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)

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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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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.

Legendary and one of the rarest vehicles – Mazda Savanna RX-3 for sale at JDM Expo!

The Mazda Savanna RX-3 is one of the legendary Japanese classic cars based upon the Mazda Familia 808 platform. The vehicle is powered by a rotary engine instead of inline 4 of the 808/818. It has a remarkable racing history as it debuted in 1971 at the Fuji 500 Tourist Trophy race and won instantly!

The Mazda Savanna RX-3 is also known for coming just in time to prevent the Nissan Skyline GT-Rs from getting 50 consecutive wins for the Japanese Grand Prix! It has won over 100s of victories and various racing tournaments and even today, it is being used for many different races!