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Old 09-12-2009, 12:12 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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While the rare-car world focuses on rare Bugattis and 1960s muscle cars, lots of car enthusiasts might unknowingly have potential top-dollar classics gathering value in their garages, overlooked by today's collectors. They are the Japanese import models of yesteryear.

Your Japanese import clunker could be one of these top 10 big-buck collectibles of the future - Drive On: A conversation about the cars and trucks we drive - USATODAY.com
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Old 09-12-2009, 02:13 PM
 
Location: Keller, TX
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Wow, my 2005 NSX might be worth something someday!

Just kidding, I don't have an NSX.

Good list. Is that yellow Z in the article one of the ones that Nissan sold through the anniversary revamp program a while back?
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Old 09-12-2009, 09:09 PM
 
Location: Atlanta,GA
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I doubt most people who have these cars, would let them go to any Cash for Clunkers program. I'm also surprised the following did not make the list:

Toyota Supra Turbo (86-98)
Toyota MR2 Turbo (91-95)
Toyota Celica Alltrac turbo (88-93)
Nissan 300zx Twin turbo (90-95)
Mitsubishi Starion (88-89)
Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4 (92-98)
Mazda Rx7 Twin turbo (93-95)
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Old 09-12-2009, 09:13 PM
 
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What about trucks?
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Old 09-12-2009, 10:28 PM
 
Location: Eastern NC
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None of those vehicles would qualify in the clunkers program anyway.
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Old 09-15-2009, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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The early CRX Si has always been a favorite of mine, it's very hard to find a decent one anymore. They have mostly been "ricered" or crashed, or both.

I'd be more particular on the 240Z though, I wouldn't want one newer than 72, and earlier the better, in '73 the smog equipment killed it, and 74 was worse (although I think the 74 car was a 260)
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Old 09-15-2009, 10:06 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Two of my favorites below:



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Old 09-15-2009, 10:13 PM
 
Location: Atlanta,GA
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Those are classics indeed.

The Toyota 2000GT costs an arm and a leg, and good luck trying to leave Japan with one.

You can find some clean examples of those Datsuns on the West Coast.

Nice pics.
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