The Classic Files

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Daihatsu Charade 2Datsun 280ZX 2
Honda NSX 2

All week Patrick ‘Carspotter’ Cummins has kicked the wheels of his favourite motors from last weekend’s NCBI Classic & Vintage Show.

Today Patrick selects three classics all made in Japan.

1. Daihatsu Charade 5-speed: “Here is a pristine mark 1 Daihatsu Charade. The round headlights featured on model pre-1981 and, owing to its 5-speed gearbox, it probably used the larger 993cc engine.”

2. Datsun/Nissan 280ZX: “Featuring both the Datsun and Nissan symbols, this 280ZX has stood the test of time. For Japanese classic this is particularly applaudable as our Pacific friends used to be prime candidates for rusting to death. The front-end would suggest that it’s a facelift model from 1982 onwards but I’m still not sure.”

3. 1993 Honda NSX: “Although more contemporary than other vehicles on display, this modern classic has timeless styling which, in my opinion, is streets ahead of any of its Japanese supercar rivals (Toyota Supra, Nissan Skyline, Mazda RX7 etc.). It’s one of very few Japanese supercars that doesn’t scream Fast and the Furious when you see it!”

Pics: Patrick Cummins

11 thoughts on “The Classic Files

  1. Drogg

    That NSX is one stunning piece of machinery just waiting for my lotto win before i buy one.

      1. Pale Blue Dot Cotton

        Also re lotto-win car purchases; it’d be one of these and an original Audi Quattro. Then either a Nova SR or a GT5 Turbo for shorter trips :)

        1. Drogg

          I’d have a mk1 escort mexico, an EvoV, a NSX has to be earlier then 1994, a Mitsubishi gt3000 and a ford rs200 cause everyone needs a group b car.

          1. Pale Blue Dot Cotton

            Good shout on the RS. Always liked the Sierra Saphire Cosworths myself. Oh and stick me down for a Lancia Delta too. Thanks to Sega Rally I know I’d be well able to handle one.

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