Heritage Car Insurance Take a Look at the Japanese Classic Car Interest
Heritage Classic Car Insurance has seen the classic car industry change over 50 years. With different marques always of interest to the enthusiast. One such type is the Japanese classic car industry. For decades now the Japanese have been designing and building cars all with the reputation expected with this nation.
Innovation and reliability spring to mind when it comes to Japanese cars. The Japanese have also produced some exotic vehicles with superior design and forward thinking. In many ways the Japanese have created cars that seem to have eluded the competition. With this in mind here are Heritage Insurances top 5 Japanese classic cars.
Toyota’s brand new coupe was produced in 1967 until 1970. The Toyota 2000GT was the first ever Japanese super car and with it came a complete change in the company’s global image.
With just 351 units built in a three year period the 2000GT had the looks of an American film star. The Toyota was the Japanese equivalent of the British Jaguar E-Type although current values of the Toyota 2000GT are much higher. Performance for the super car was tame but good for the era and by far the quickest production car ever produced by Toyota in the late sixties.
Aimed at the US market, Datsun (as they were called then) produced a direct competitor for Toyota’s 2000GT. The Nissan 240Z was built in 1969 with a 2.4 six cylinder engine producing 161bhp. Reliability was of course excellent and the Nissan 240Z was an instant hit selling 45,000 in its first year.
The famous Z Car is still produced today in its sixth generation. Obviously the first generation model is increasing in value as appreciation for this Japanese classic is on the up.
The early nineties saw the Toyota Celica GT Four come in to its own in WRC (Word Rally Championship). For the first time the world saw a Japanese car manufacturer compete in this world event with an AWD Turbo charged car.
Now the Celica GT Four is Toyota’s most successful rally car.
With continued success for the GT Four Japanese cars became a real attraction. With the nineties came the likes of Toyota, Nissan and Mazda creating sellable cars for the masses. Today we see these innovators starting to find appeal in the classic industry. It’s about time.
The Mazda MX-5 was a real game changer for Mazda. Spawning many a car maker to try and emulate this little roadster, its simplicity is its key. Very much based on an old British sports car from the sixties and seventies the Mazda provided all the thrills with none of the spills.
The MX-5 was created with excellent handling over out and out power. That’s not to say the MX-5 is slow, not by any means, it does however handle like its on rails. Economic, light and practical for a roadster, the Mazda MX-5 is a commuter classic and a B road tear-away rolled into one.
The Subaru Impreza made its mark in World Rally Championship in the mid nineties winning three manufacturers titles on the trot. With such provenance under its belt this was a classic car in the making.
The WRX had awesome credentials with 280bhp and a 0 to 60mph time of under 5 seconds. The Impreza was more than capable of beating the best of the rest. The Subaru Impreza WRX has a huge cult following today and this rally champion definitely deserves it.
The Japanese classic car has now firmly hit the ground running from the ground breaking Toyota 2000GT to the Subaru Impreza WRX. More and more enthusiasts are seeing the benefit in owning a Japanese classic car. If not just for driving pleasure for future investment as prices continue to rise healthily.
Heritage Classic Car Insurance can insure your Japanese Classic Car today. With agreed value and salvage retention your policy will provide you with the right cover at competitive prices. Call us on 0121 248 9229 now.