I've had a few Japmobiles before as everyday cars, I've got a few pics but can't lay my hands on them all at present, but here's my 1990 Honda Civic GL to start with.
I only owned this car for about a year in 2000-2001. It was another of those heart ruling head purchases because I'd decided I really wanted a Civic automatic saloon and this one turned up looking all shiny with some nice alloys on a dodgy dealers forecourt not long after! First of all let me say that this model is a really lovely car with electric everything and really comfortable. If I could find a minter I'd have another.
This one however had been a bit neglected on the service front for a while I think as the history wasn't present and the engine knocked a bit when cold although it always went well. The biggest problem was the autobox which cost me a lot of money to repair and was still never quite right so I traded it in at a huge loss after that
It was a bit unusual for this age of car I suppose in that it had twin carburettors rather than injection and was a manual choke. The body was fine and interior spotless but I just couldn't live with it happily
This was mine for about a year, but it was in too bad a condition to keep and I had it parked 7 miles away. Living in a biggish city means only one parking permit and no garage so I probably won't have another old thing before I bugger of to the countryside or a smaller town.
Good idea Mash. All bar three of the cars I've owned in the last 20 years have been Japanese, so there are quite a few. For the moment, these stand out (and I'd conveniently got them scanned in):
1981 Cherry N10 - Still had the old A12 engine, not the new E-series OHC unit which came in on very late N10s. My first car, had lessons in it when it was my mum's then bought it off her when I passed my test in it back in 1988 (can it really be 20 years ago?). The old OHV engine had seen service in the previous two generations of Cherry and was really a bit overwhelmed by the increased weight and size. Only 17k miles when my mum bought it, 29k when I acquired it then 43 k when I sold it after a year, to be replaced by a 1983 Sunny B11. Even at six years old the door bottoms were already going rusty, hed them repaired and painted then sold it it on at a profit. I suppose it's responsible for where I am today.
This 1980 160J SSS (A10) ranks as one of my favourite cars ever. Bought from a very young Datman in 1994 to replace yet another Sunny B11, shortly after the Datsun OC was set up. Had it for over two years, did 48k in it in that time! I fitted the Enkei mag wheels, but sadly these are pretty much all that's left of it now I understand - I sold it to a club member in Guernsey but it gradually rotted away (in fairness it had some issues in its time with me). Twin carb's and amusing upsidedown shift pattern on the 5-speed 'box. Ran this car very low for a while, but got fed up of buying cheap part-worn tyres as the camber killed them off, and to be honest it didn't drive that well on the country roads. Took it to Holland, Belgium and Germany in 1995, a trip which included a Datsun show at Zandvoort.
The 1978 180B (810) replaced the SSS. Bought by chance after I'd gone down to Kent to see what turned out to be a very rough 240K and saw this in the Auto Trader down there. Barring a bit of repaired accident damage it was in excellent condition, I added the Laurel C230 alloys (NOS), chrome trim round the grille which was missing and a 5-speed gearbox from a later Bluebird 910 (normal shift). Nice car but not something I'm as fond of as others, was sold and replaced by the maroon 240K in 1998 which was in turn sold on last year.
my 1989 micra k10 ls, not just my first Japanese car but also my first car ;D Originally my mums i got given it when i passed my test. I did alot of miles in this little car, the gearbox finally died after 120k of abuse and it now sits on my parents drive awaiting repair.
Might as well get these two on despite not being that old.
1998 Daihatsu Mira Classic Turbo 4WD, a 3cyl DOHC 659cc Kei-car imported by Daihatsu UK in small numbers (believe it to be 50). My first car and very quick, 0-60 in 8! So I paid a fortune for insurance, which I'll never get back. Original owner was an old lady who only used to use it to drive to the woods and garden centres etc. (despite the turbo power?!) and had looked after it extremely well, had 29K and was still on the factory tyres! Unfortunately she passed away, so it was sold on to me via her brother and had a memorable trip bringing it up to Wakefield all the way from Surbiton. At the moment I'm not using it, as it needs a new set of tyres which I'll sort out in a bit, so I can start driving it again in the spring. Though I don't have much use for it nowadays, I really like this car and feel it would be a shame to get rid of it, so I hope to keep it for many years to come.
1998 Daihatsu Cuore TR-XX Avanzato R4, basically a 4cyl version of the above Mira, with a sensible looking front. Cuore is the UK name, for some reason they bothered to give it the UK name for these but not the Classic. It was imported in small numbers again (believe it to be 88). This is a project as it needed some work doing to it, due to it being stored away for a few years. It's low mileage, but needs a bit of tidying. It isn't far off an MOT now though, hope to get it on the road in the next month or two.
Seems odd that I'd move to slow old grandad cars what with having these, but hey, it's an experience.
Had far too many Japanese cars to count. I tended to collect a car and if I didn't have a personal use for it, I'd do the minimum necessary for an MoT and sell it on. Here's some piccies of a few of them. I'll upload more when I find them
This Mk2 Sapporo was broken for spares. .
This 910 was in really good condition but was a very slow auto. I swapped it for a back bumper for my 300C wagon.
This N13 with GA14 was an engine donor for wifey's B12 Wagon. Loads of bits went on my B11 van too.
This B310 wagon was really rusty and the engine was way past nice. Its done one racemeet and will be on the track again next month.
Got this 720 very cheaply from an exporter. Swapped it for a Hillman Imp.
Went to North Wales to collect this A10. Looked lovely from 20 feet but every panel was badly repaired with filler. The car went racing and folded in two at the first hit.
Another one of those big regrets. Wish I'd never sold this one. very low mileage and 99% rustfree.
This A10 SSS came off a local farm. Very, very rusty. It ran nicely after a little tinkering. Some of the Datsun Middlesex crew came up and stripped the good bits.
Another regretted sale. I called it my Shed Zed. It was a very solid car and once I'd replaced the weak engine, it was scary quick. I've since bought a couple of 2-seaters to satisfy my classic Z cravings.
Should have kept this one for first born. She's learning to drive now. Got her a nice little Daihatsu Charade instead.
This 510 is very high up on the list of to do. Has to be as its sold already.
Always wanted a Lancer Turbo. Got this one in exchange for a really horrible Beach Buggy shell. It wasn't the nicest example but even so, I expected more. Its gone now to spend the rest of its life as a track day car.
This was our first ever Datsun. Wifey was pregnant with our first born and asked me for a 5-door estate to replace her 3-door Mazda 323. I was offered this 50k mile car that same day and paid £50 for it with 6 months tax and test. It went racing 14? years later with 187K on the clock. Total cost including buying it was £465.
Still got the Sapporo but this shows the 810 back in 1992. Had some paint left over from when I sprayed the Colt.
This 720 Kingcab went to Wiltshire late last year. Sad sale but large profit!
Wifey's daily for about a year was this R33 Skyline saloon. Fantastic car. Now lives in mid-Wales.
Apart from a donor 810 or 2, this was my second Datsun. It lay in a damp garage for 7 years before I got it in 1995. I did enough to get it through an MoT and it got a rough respray in dark blue. When I had more time (1997), it got a bare metal respray in the blue/white. Sold it in 2002? but strangely, no real regrets. Still exists and is as shiny as ever.
Had this 810 for a short time. Got it to do an interior swap into my other 810 but changed my mind and sold it on as was.
Another donor car. The power steering parts will be going on wifey's B12. The GA16 with carb may be going into my B11 van.
The owner couldn't get rid of this Cedric after months of advertising. I bought it unseen and then understood why it never sold. The interior was made up of 3 different colours, the sills had been really badly repaired, as had the tailgate. Never seen a shed like it. Came with a year's MoT, cert. signed by the owner's son!!!!! Sold it straight on.
The yellow B210 was a Rhodesian import with what I call the GX front end, bit more pointed. Got it cheap for wifey but she didn't like it...preferred her B110, also pictured. Ebayed the B210 and sent it to New York.
This S13 was an engine/box donor, first of 3?. Very rusty car.
Finally, for now, this 910 coupe. Bought it down in Devon. Drove really nice and quick even though an autobox. Don't remember what happened after I took it up to Ed's.