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The Top 20 JDM Cars Of All Time

(That We’ve Featured, At Least)

UPDATED JAN. —What JDM listicle would be complete without giving props to the cars that have given our—and consequently your—eyes a proverbial boner over the years? Our top 20 JDM cars of all time (it's actually 24; some of these stories double up on vehicles) rounds up the most popular builds we've featured from Japan over the years, ranging from Civics and Skylines to S-chassis, RX-7s, AE86s, and others. We know there are tons of modified rides that are completely worthy to fill a top , but we had to limit this list to what we could pull out of our collective archives, and builds that are actually from Japan, ordered from most visited on down. We humbly submit the top of the top

HONDA CIVIC MUGEN RR - Double RR

Mods:
MUGEN EVERYTHING—camshafts, valve springs, ram air intake, large capacity intake box, exhaust manifold, high-flow catalytic converter, straight-type silencer (middle), dual exhaust, carbon intake manifold cover; five-way adjustable suspension; slotted rotors (mm front/mm rear), brake lines and carbon air ducts for front brakes; inch Mugen aluminum wheels; Bridgestone Potenza RE /40R18 tires; aluminum hood, carbon front bumper and grille, fog lights, side skirts, fender trim, carbon adjustable rear wing and gurney flap, rear under spoiler with air diffuser, rear fog lights Mugen-edition carbon Recaro reclining seats, shifter, shift knob, tachometer, meter gauges (water temp, oil temp, oil pressure), and sport pedals and foot rest

Why We Love It:
The FD2 R was the first with 4 doors, and the limited edition Mugen double R version—of which only were produced—pooped all over the USDM Mugen Si. Available in just one color, Milano Red, the hotted-up Type R was faster around Tsukuba Circuit than its factory counterpart by some 2 seconds, and we still think the RR is the Mugen Civic we wish Honda would've sold here in the States.

TOYOTA SUPRA RZ (JZA80) - Joke's On Us

Mods:
HKS intercooler and intake; Amuse R1 Titan exhaust; HKS F-Con IS and boost controller; Blitz coilovers; Ikeya Formula front/rear upper and lower arms; Original Runduce front and rear big brake kits; 18xin. +24 Volk Racing TE37 Saga wheels; /35R18 Bridgestone Potenza RE71R tires; Hurtling Solid & Joker front bumper, side skirts, rear bumper and rear spoiler; Varis front hood; Ridox front fenders; DoLuck side mirrors; Lime Rock grey custom paint; Recaro SPG GK seats; Nardi steering wheel; Laile shift knob; Saito rollcage; Eclipse head unit

Why We Love It:
In an exercise to show off its Hurtling Solid & Joker line of affordable aero, Varis proves again it still has the magic touch. The subtle HS&J body sculpting and use of Ridox front fenders and BMW Lime Rock grey paint on this demo A80 owned by Naohiro Yahagi preceded an even more aggressive-looking package from Varis—the Supreme Wide Body kit—that really pushes out the fenders, but we're partial to Naohiro's narrow body project.

NISSAN SX TYPE X (S13) - Happy Wife, Happy Life

Mods:
HKS GTSS turbo, intercooler; custom exhaust; Silk Road exhaust manifold; Trust head gasket; tubbed and shaved engine bay; NISMO limited-slip differential, clutch flywheel; A'PEXi Power FC; HKS shocks; Swift springs; NISMO and arms; Alcon front big brakes; 19xin. front, 19xin. rear NISMO Z34 wheels; /35R19 front, /30R19 rear Nitto tires; Custom metal fenders widened in total mm front, mm rear; Bride seats; MOMO steering wheel; six-point rollcage FET shift knob; S15 dash

Why We Love It:
This S13 was destined to be a drift missile, but owner Hitomi Ishikawa sweettalked her hubby Masaru, who happens to be an autobody repair tech as well as a bona fide enthusiast, into creating this drift-able show piece. Those inch Rays NISMO rims from a Z34 17 years its junior are a nice touch, too.

EF HONDA CIVICS - Unpopular Opinion

Mods:

90 Honda Civic
B18C; Jun camshafts, valvesprings, retainers, slide cam sprockets; TODA timing belt; Skunk2 composite fuel rail; SARD cc injectors, fuel pressure regulator; custom intake pipe, head porting, exhaust system; Spoon high-tension cord, radiator hoses; Mugen exhaust manifold; Rywire Mil-spec wiring harness; Exedy Hyper Single VF clutch; ATS 3rd/4th/5th gear close ratio gear set; way clutch-type limited-slip differential; A'PEXi Power FC; Mechadock coilovers; Cusco tower bar; seam welding; spot rivets; 15xin. +35 front, 15x7-in. +35 rear Volk Racing TE37 wheels; /50R15 front, /55R15 rear Yokohama ADVAN A tires; custom blue paint; Exceed carbon-fiber hood; custom headlight duct, fenders, rear bumper; Fuel Safe fuel cell; custom rollcage, fuse and relay box, switch panel, swirl pot; Shorai battery; Defi gauges; Bride seats; HKS Circuit Attack Counter lap timer

'91 Honda Civic
B16A; Eikoh exhaust; 5Zigen header; Cusco oil catch can; Exedy clutch; way clutch-type limited-slip differential; Spoon Sports ECU; Mechadock coilovers; Skunk2 front upper arms; EF9 rotors and calipers; 15x7-in. Desmond Regamaster wheels; /50R15 Toyo R1R tires; custom Clubman Race theme paint; Chargespeed bucket seat; rollcage; No Good Racing steering wheel; ASR hub

Why We Love Them:
These EFs are about as grassroots JDM as they come. The stories of No Good Racing crew's Kazuma Tsujimoto and Tsuyoshi Okada from Osaka and their loyalty to the boxy Civic platform takes us back to why we got into this stuff in the first place and puts perspective on the big goals of chasing that tuner life.

MAZDA RX-7 (FC3S) - Age Ain't Nothin' But A Number

Mods:
Mazda Cosmo 20B tri-rotor engine conversion; RE Amemiya 45mm exhaust manifold, 70mm-tomm custom exhaust; Mazda RX-8 six-speed transmission; Ogura Clutch metal single plate clutch; OS Giken/RE Amemiya SPL Super Lock limited-slip differential; RE Amemiya Extreme Link ECU with custom tune; custom RE Amemiya-spec Endless coilovers with Swift springs; Endless brakes with six-piston front calipers; 17x9-in. +20 front, 17xin. +8 rear Enkei PF07 wheels; /40R17 front, /40R17 rear Yokohama ADVAN Sport V tires; custom green paint; Bride EXAS III seats; custom RE Amemiya quick-release; AIM Cluster MXL Strada meters

Why We Love It:
We are lucky to have a couple of living legends' builds on this list, and this is one of them: Isami Amemiya's (of RE Amemiya fame) FC3S for the Tokyo Auto Salon. The modern-day refresh includes a Cosmo 20B tri-rotor engine swap for that wow factor. Mass appeal these mods are not, but then again, a car like this isn't for the masses—and doesn't need to be.

& MAZDA RX-7s - Let Your Soul Glow

Mods:

'00 Mazda RX-7
TO4S turbo; V-mount intercooler; R33 Skyline fuel pump; Cusco Hyper single clutch; RE Amemiya quick shift kit; A'PEXi Power FC; HKS EVC 6 boost controller; Cusco ZERO-3 coilovers; Satoru Works knuckles; JIC reinforced tie rod; 18xin. +18 Volk Racing TE37 wheels; /35R18 Dunlop Direzza ZII Star Spec tires; Bride seats; Saito Racing rollcage; TCP Magic Type GT widebody fenders; RE Amemiya front bumper, GT wing, rear diffuser; Car Shop Glow LED front combination lamp, LED tail lamp, rear duck tail; Scoot Sports hood; Mazioria Trapezium five-stage paint

'93 Mazda RX-7
Balanced rotors; Fuji WPC-treated 3-piece Apex seals; HKS Racing Suction; V-mount intercooler setup with Knight Sports radiator; Zest Racing piping; Trust front pipe, air separation tank; R Magic mid pipe; RE Amemiya Dolphin Tail rear pipe; Super Now pulleys, power steering cap; Car Shop Glow oil filler cap; Cusco catch tank; Sard fuel pump; cc injectors; OS Giken 5-speed cross mission; Exedy metal single clutch; final gear; Mazdaspeed 2-way Zest Racing-spec limited-slip differential: Zest Racing reinforced plant frame; A'PEXi Power FC; HKS EVC 6 boost controller; Car Shop Glow GT Spec coilovers; Swift 16kg/mm front, 18kg/mm rear springs; Super Now upper and lower links, rear long arm, stabilization brackets, tie rod ends, front upper reinforcement plate; Endless brake pads; Zest Racing brake lines; 18xin. +22 front, 18xin. +18 rear Volk Racing TE37SL wheels; /35R18 Yokohama Advan tires; RE Amemiya AD Facer N-1 '05 front bumper, GT-AD widebody, headlights, Pro rear diffuser, AD carbon-fiber hood, side steps; Garage Kagotano front under panel; Car Show Glow LED front combination amps, LED tail lamps, rear duck tail, rear diffuser, mm wing end plates; Vortex mm GT wing; Zest Racing GT wing stands; Craft Square side mirrors; Super Now tow hook; Pearl Brown paint; RE Amemiya km speedometer, shift knob; HKS Circuit Attacker lap timer; Recaro SP-G seats; OMP Superturismo steering wheel

Why We Love Them:
One kinda street, one kinda track, both able to handle both. Lighting maker Car Shop Glow's demo FDs might look similar, but the builds from Tokyo go in two different directions.

NISSAN S13 - Super Hiro

Mods:
L SR20DET black-top engine; HKS H-beam connecting rods, pistons, 91mm stroked/fully balanced crank; Power Enterprise mm head gasket; ? cams; Tomei B Type valvesprings; NAPREC valves; Hypertune 80mm throttle body; lph SARD fuel pump, fuel pressure regulator, cc injectors; GCG turbo and wastegate; HPI High Spec intercooler; WPC-treated oil pump; HPI air intake, radiator; Altrack 45mm exhaust manifold; custom exhaust, turbo outlet and front pipe; HPI six-speed dog gearbox; NISMO Super Carbon twin-clutch, flywheel, and GT limited-slip differential; Blitz Dual SBC boost controller; HKS HiperMax III special version coilovers; NISMO strut bar; Ikeya Formula control arms; spot welded chassis; OE Skyline R33 Type M calipers; Dixcel rotors; Project Mu pads; 17xin. Work Meister M1R wheels; /40R17 Federal RSR tires; KIS front lip spoiler, side skirts, rear bumper canards, rear diffuser, over-fenders and trunk spoiler; Nardi steering wheel; Bride Zeta III seats; Defi tachometer and gauges

Why We Love It:
Hiroki Koga's Onevia is more than your average SX-nosed S13 Silvia. The VIP shop owner produced an intimidating, nearly hp stance machine that shows potential customers the quality of his craftsmanship.

TOP SECRET'S V12 TWIN TURBO TOYOTA SUPRA

Mods:
1GZ-FE 5,cc engine; HKS GT turbine (x2), HKS blow-off valve (x2), wastegate (x2); Top Secret custom intake plenum with twin 80mm throttle bodies; ARC intercooler, radiator (with custom rear mount); JZA80 Getrag transmission; Cusco way LSD; ORC clutch; Top Secret coilovers with Roberuta Cup kit; Volk Racing GT-F inch; /35R19 front and /40R19 rear Bridgestone Potenza REA; GReddy GREX eight-piston mm front, four-piston mm rear; Top Secret Super G-Force Wangan widebody kit (includes front and rear bumpers, side steps, 33mm front and 50mm rear wide fenders, HID headlight housings with IPF lights); Top Secret carbon aero bonnet with bonnet pins, aero mirrors by Ganador with LED; GT rear wing, Top Secret Exclusive paint with Top Secret II paint and bodywork; MS-R graphics; Bride Gias leather seats; Takata harnesses; Top Secret steering wheel, shift knob; Defi Super Sports cluster; Carrozzeria Navigation

Why We Love It:
This is the Supra Smoky Nagata wanted, instead of a BMW—a gold, widebody, 1,hp, twin-turbo Vpowered MkIV. Your move, Toyota.

TOYOTA HIACE - King of the Vans

Mods:
VR38DETT engine swap; TRUST intercooler; L diesel manual transmission; OS Giken clutch, flywheel, differential; Link ECU; AiM MXS Strada tachometer; Final Konnexion coilovers; AP Racing Pro + six-piston calipers; 19x9-in. +20 T-Style X-Three wheels; /35R19 front, /35R19 rear Yokohama Advan Neova tires; KITZ-RACING bumpers; CRS hood, over-fenders; URAS rear spoiler; Recaro seats; Nardi steering wheel; reupholstered red interior

Why We Love It:
It's an R35 GT-R-powered minivan—what's not to love? Ju Sung Oh's turbocharged box on wheels is our kind of buff family hauler.

HONDA ACCORD TOURER - Love at First Sight

Mods:
OEM K20A Type R valve cover, alternator bracket, alternator, air conditioning compressor, air conditioning compressor bracket; Skunk2 Pro Series intake manifold, Alpha Series header; K-Tuned fuel rail, coil pack cover, tensioner bracket, mufflers; OEM Acura RDX Denso injectors; Mishimoto aluminum radiator, transmission oil cooler, reserve tank; custom exhaust; wire tuck; shaved engine bay; HKS F-Con IS; custom coilovers, sway bars, front upper control arms; Voodoo13 rear control arm, front lower control arms; mm front, mm rear StopTech big brake kits; 19xin. Arcane Legend wheels in high polish with titanium hardware; /35R19 Nitto NT tires; OEM Acura TSX wagon front bumper, rear bumper, headlights, front grill, taillights, rear gate, rear gate panel, roof antenna, mirrors, front underbody spoiler, side underbody spoiler, body side molding, door handle frames, all glass, windshield wipers and arms; OEM Milano Red paint; black chrome grille emblem, side window moldings, door handles; Status Racing SRA Icon seats, harnesses; suede and leather diamond stitched seats, door panels; OEM Acura TSX leather steering wheel, leather shift knob, SRS air bag, hazard switch, steering wheel hands-free switch, sun visor, upper console (Homelink switch), scuff plate, dimmer switch, turn signal stalk, passenger airbag warning light, ELS system, rear pillar garnish, gauge cluster, window switch, A/C switch panel, center console, side brake handle

Why We Love It:
Obsessive doesn't begin to describe the amount of work put into Norifumi Kobayashi's
Honda wagon, and there's no shortage of equally impressive aspects, such as the USDM-styled shaved engine bay—raising the bar here from the other side of the ocean.

SKYLINE 25GT & SX - There's Something About Nissan

Mods:

'98 Nissan Skyline 25GT Turbo (ER34)
RB26DETT swap; TRUST T78 33D turbine kit, ? lift cam, three-layer intercooler, surge tank; NISMO adjustable fuel pressure regulator, reinforced fuel pump; SARD cc injectors; Buddy Club 90mm stainless muffler with removed silencer; OS Giken triple-plate clutch; KAAZ two-way differential; final gear; reinforced mission mount; HKS Fcon Vpro, EVC 5, A/F knock amplifier; BNR34 GT-R V-Spec speedometer and tachometer; Defi Link Meter; A'PEXi N1 Damper Pro coilovers; Swift 14K front, 12K rear springs; custom pillow ball tension rods, front and rear adjustable upper arms; HICAS cancel rods; slotted and dimpled front rotors; BNR32 drilled rear rotors; Project Mu HC pads and side shoes; NISMO braided lines; 18xin. +12 Gram Lights 57 CR wheels (Glossy black driver, Gun blue II passenger); /35R18 front, /35R18 rear Dunlop Direzza ZII Star Spec tires; 30mm and 40mm rear spacers; Top Secret front bumper with custom ducts; Z Tune GT-R hood; URAS Z Tune front fenders; NISMO side steps; N-Style over-fenders; OEM BNR34 rear bumper; Blitz rear wing; Ganador Aero mirrors; custom carbon-fiber front under panel, side panels, canards, rear diffuser, diffuser fin, rear fender deflectors; OEM QM1 white paint with rainbow flakes; Recaro SP-G driver, SR-3 passenger seats; Takata four-point harnesses; Personal Pole Position steering wheel; seven-point rollcage

'95 Nissan SX (RPS13)
SR20DET; stainless exhaust manifold, turbo outlet pipe, front pipe, cat replacement; 80mm titanium muffler with dolphin tail tip; aluminum pulley kit; ORC metal single clutch; KAAZ two-way differential; final gear; reinforced mission mount; short shifter; rigid differential and subframe mounts; TRUST Profec boost controller; Defi Link Meter; CST coilovers; custom pillow ball tension rod; reinforced tie rods, mounts and bushings; Cusco rear adjustable upper arms; OEM ECR33 calipers, BNR32 N1 rotors; Project Mu HC+ pads; braided lines; 17xin. Volk Racing TE37V wheels painted custom color; /40R17 Dunlop Direzza ZII Star Spec tires; 2mm front spacers; carbon-fiber hood with Garage Mak vents; Origin Labo front and rear 55mm over-fenders; custom side steps, rear bumper; Craft Square carbon-fiber mirrors; custom carbon-fiber under panel, fender deflectors, side panels, canards, rear differ, flat bottom under tray; Bride bucket seats; Sabelt four-point harnesses; MOMO steering wheel; NISMO shift knob; eight-point rollcage; relocated A/C control panel

Why We Love Them:
We have dreams like this—owning both a SX and Skyline, each built for drifting and an enormous amount of J style. Masao Otani, painter and body man for none other than RE Amemiya, pieced together the RPS13 for short, technical tracks and the ER34 for bigger power, but we heart them equally.

HONDA CIVIC TYPE R - Wonder Bread & Whiplash

Mods:
B16B with a compression ratio; TODA Racing mm head gasket, camshafts, valve springs, forged connecting rods, forged mm pistons, oil pump; M&M Honda cross mission, intake chamber, 50mm exhaust manifold, 60mm titanium exhaust; modified Koyorad aluminum radiator; TODA Racing metal single clutch, flywheel; final drive; ATS way limited-slip differential; A'PEXi Power FC; M&M Honda-spec Ohlins coilovers with 20kg front, 16kg rear springs; M&M Honda strut bar, roll center adjuster, tie rods; spot-welded frame; 16xin. -5 Work Seeker GX Candy Red wheels; /40R16 Yokohama Advan Neova tires; M&M Honda Hyper Wide body kit (front bumper, side skirts, rear diffuser, hood), flat bottom diffuser; Bride seats; Takata harnesses; MOMO NSX-R steering wheel; Defi meters

Why We Love It:
The EK9 is arguably the pinnacle of sport compact high performance for the big H in the s, and Kazuyuki Hashinaga's M&M Honda-touched hatchback maxes out the chassis' potential as a daily driver that can do track work, too. This build's story is already 11 years old, and it's not over yet.

TOYOTA SPRINTER TRUENO - Original Gangsta'

Mods:
TEC-ART'S L "7AG" (AE head/7AFE block), camshafts, timing belt, pistons, rods, pulleys, engine mount brackets, large capacity curl funnel, exhaust manifold, direct ignition kit, radiator; TODA Racing valve springs, head gasket; Sard fuel pump; K1 Planning exhaust; Setrab row oil cooler; TRUST oil element relocation kit; TEC-ART'S N2 Cross Mission gears; custom 7AG carbon clutch, solid shift lever; MoTeC M84 ECU; TEC-ART'S x Aragosta coilovers; polyurethane bushings; lower control arms; stabilizer bar; stitch welded chassis; Soarer20 calipers; Endless brake pads; TEC-ART'S stainless mesh brake lines; 15Xin. +3 Work Meister CR01 wheels; /50R15 Goodyear RS sport tires; Impulse carbon-fiber roof; custom dry carbon hood; Carbon Gate trunk; TRD wing; Bride King seats, rails; Schroth harnesses; TRD steering wheel, shift knob; TEC-ART'S leather dash panel

Why We Love It:
IT'S KEIICHI "DRIFT KING" TSUCHIYA'S PERSONAL AE86—do you even need to ask?

SPOON SPORTS HONDA E-AT CIVIC - You Thought You Knew

Mods:
Naturally-aspirated ZC Engine L DOHC; Spoon valve cover, aluminum oil pan, oil cap, reservoir covers, straight pipe-exhaust (megaphone type), custom header w/spring flange joints; NGK spark plug wires; grey sealer paint; Keihin ECU; 5-speed close ratio transmission; Showa struts; custom aluminum rollcage, front torsion bars, rear springs, front strut tower bar, front/rear swaybars w/spherical endlinks, adjustable panhard rod, air jacks, single lug conversion; Nissin calipers; adjustable proportioning valve; 2-piece drilled rotors; 15X8-in. (front) and 15Xin. (rear) center-locking Enkei wheels, /55 R15 Vintage Yokohama Advan SS tires; Flat panel underneath car; Spoon Sports paint scheme, decals, windshield banner; tow hooks; EC Works Type A mirrors; hood pins; fender-mounted air jack wand; custom gauges: Spoon Sports first-gen steering wheel, carbon-kevlar bucket seat; Simpson harness; custom seat brackets; battery kill switch;

Why We Love It:
The retired Group A E-AT hatchback is a part of Honda heritage and represents the beginnings of tuner Spoon Sport's racing concept and philosophy of today. (Plus everyone thinks it's an EF.)

NISSAN SKYLINE GTT (GF-ER34) - Young & Determined

Mods:
RB25DET NEO; Ho-Wa dual muffler; NISMO clutch, GT LSD Pro; SR Sports Racing dampers; Power springs; IKEYA Formula front upper arms, tension rods; YURA-MODE 30mm lower arm extensions; 18xin. +15 Stance Magic # wheels; /35R18 Sunew tires; 20mm spacers; NISMO Z-Tune style front fenders, front bumper; Okubo Factory front diffuser, rear over-fenders; Z.S.S. carbon-fiber hood; BNR34 rear bumper, tail lamp covers; BNR34 style sidesteps; URAS roof spoiler; D-Max S15 style trunk spoiler; East Bear rear under spoiler; OE Nissan Cloud White QM1 paint; bucket seat; MOMO steering wheel; Razo shift knob; Blitz turbo timer

Why We Love It:
What happens when you're young and broke and love drifting but also love Godzilla? You save your pennies and buy a RWD Skyline GTT instead to build up for those sick skids, that's what—and young gun Kenshi Otake's ER34 is one of a kind.

TOYOTA COROLLA (AE86) - Prime Time

Mods:
L 4AG; AE92 4AGZ oil pump, pistons, crankshaft, and coil system; AE 20v rods; ported cylinder head; Toda camshafts and valvesprings; mm head gasket; NGK #10 spark plugs; Bosch fuel pump (x2); ATL fuel tank; Mitsubishi Lancer Evo cc injectors; SARD fuel pressure regulator; TDG turbo; HKS wastegate; HPI air filter; custom Total Create E. PRIME 80mm exhaust piping and 45mm exhaust manifold; modified Mazda FD3S intercooler; Setrab oil cooler; Koyo radiator; Nissan Skyline 71C transmission with custom bellhousing; OS Giken Super Single clutch and flywheel; final gear ratio; Cusco two-way limited-slip differential; Freedom ECU; Ennepetal front suspension; TRD rear shocks; TEIN springs; TRD stabilizer bars; custom Total Create E. PRIME strut bar and point rollcage; spot-welded chassis; Mazda FD3S front calipers; Endless brake rotors and pads; 15xin. Work Equip 40 wheels; /50R15 ADVAN A tires; NA Works front bumper; custom Total Create E. PRIME front fenders and rear over-fenders; Mercury side skirts; Subaru Violet Blue paint; OMP steering wheel; Bride Zeta III bucket seat; Sabelt harnesses; Defi meters; Ultra tachometer

Why We Love It:
Eiji Daito built E. PRIME to specialize in Hachi-roku, and this Corolla is possibly the finest example to ever emerge from the shop. The '90s may be all the rage, but this '80s hero shows 'em where it came from.

NISSAN SKYLINE GT-X & BMW - Making Moves

Mods:

'70 Nissan Skyline GT-X (KGC10)
liter 12v L28 straight-six engine swap; Mikuni carbs; titanium exhaust; Cusco catch can DRIVETRAIN: five-speed manual transmission; Pneumatec air suspension; air management integrated into center console; 16x9-in. front, 16xin. rear Super Star Chevlon Racing S1C wheels with titanium hardware; /45R16 front, /45R16 rear Toyo Proxes tires; custom bumpers, hood, fender mirrors and rear wing; Fenderworks riveted-on over-fenders; custom grey paint; custom green leather upholstery throughout; Recaro seats; Nardi steering wheel; push button start; titanium shift knob; custom rollbar

'75 BMW
FOOTWORK & CHASSIS: Pneumatec air suspension; air management integrated into center console; 16xin. +21 front, 16x7-in. +17 rear i.force FDH forged wheels; /45R16 Toyo DRB tires; restoration and paint by S& Company; Bride seats; Renown steering wheel; custom tan leather and suede upholstery throughout; Carrozzeria head unit and speakers; Optima Red Top battery

Why We Love Them:
We had no idea the C10 Skyline coupe and were separated at birth—this unlikely pair of slammed classics from AP Garage stole the limelight at the Osaka Auto Messe, and we can totally see why.

HONDA CIVIC FERIO VTI - New Era

Mods:
'96 L Honda B18C (Integra Type R); Hasport engine mounts; Mugen JASMA exhaust manifold; Skunk2 Pro Series intake manifold, adjustable cam gears, composite fuel rail, 80mm throttle body; Alpha Series half-size radiator, cooling hoses, oil cap, radiator cap; Blox Racing fuel pressure regulator; -AN fuel fittings, fuel lines; Tactical Art custom intake pipe, 60mm stainless straight-pipe exhaust; Downstar Inc. engine bolts, accessory hardware; S80 five-speed manual transmission; K-Tuned B-series shifter; Hondata S; Rywire Mil-spec engine harness; Tactical Art coilovers with 20kg front, 18kg rear spring rates; custom rollcage, rear speaker decklid delete; Function7 rear subframe brace, Ultra-Light control arms; Rywire brake line kit, custom steel lines; 16xin. CCW D wheels; /45R16 Advan Neova AD08; OEM ''00 Ferio Vi-RS grille, front bumper, rear bumper, trunk; USDM ''00 headlights, taillights; custom carbon-fiber canards; Tactical Art/Exceed JP front lip; engine bay repainted in Tactical Art Gray; Mechadock/Exceed JP carbon-fiber hood; Lamborghini Arancio Ishtar paint; Bride Zeta III Sport seats; Takata Race safety harnesses; MOMO steering wheel; NRG steering hub, quick release

Why We Love It:
Tomoyuki Sasaki's Civic is a product of Osaka-based tuning shop Tactical Art and was perhaps the most extensively modified Civic in Japan at the time, created with USDM-inspired aesthetic in mind. It cradles the borders of two different ways of thinking: Western imagery and traditional Japanese craftsmanship.

NISSAN SX (S13) - Bringin' Seki Back

Mods:
Tomei L stroker kit; Rising connecting rods; NAPREC High Response kit; Trust TDG turbo kit, oil cooler, surge tank, star head bolt; Blitz intercooler; Copper three-layer radiator; Infinity 90mm throttle body; NISMO metal head gasket; reinforced valve springs; HKS six-speed H-patter dogbox; NISMO Super Copper Mix clutch, flywheel; final gear; Tomei two-way limited-slip differential; A'PEXi Power FC; Blitz SBC boost controller; HKS turbo timer; HKS Hipermax D'NOB Spec coilovers; Ikeya Formula tie rods, upper arms; KTS tie rod ends; Kazama Auto tension rods, automation traction rods; Garage Mak knuckles; Cusco toe control arms; URAS Pineapple urethane subframe spacers; R33 GT-R four-piston front calipers; 17xin. front, 18xin. rear Work Meister S1R wheels in matte black with anodized bronzed barrels; /40R17 front, /35R18 rear Toyo Proxes R1R tires; Garage Mak Revolution bumpers, 55mm front and rear fenders; Seki Motorsports under panel, side fins; MOMO steering wheel; Works Bell Rapfix II quick release; Bride seats, floor mats; Schroth 3-in. belts; Cusco nine-point rollbar, rear triangle bar pillar bar; carbon-fiber dashboard; Defi 52mm gauges; Pivot shift lamp

Why We Love It:
Yuichi Seki had this beautiful S13 for 18 years when we featured it back in , an ex-drift car that now tackles time attack days at the local circuit and earns hardware at car shows.

NISSAN SX - One-Man Wonder

Mods:
SR20DET; HKS exhaust manifold, exhaust, boost controller; custom downpipe; Trust turbo; Blitz type 2 intercooler, intercooler pipes; OS Giken twin disc clutch; NISMO two-way limited-slip differential; HKS F-Con; Revolver-R Track-R coilovers; Project Mu D1 spec pads, rotors; 18xin. Work Emotion CR Kiwami wheels; /30R18 front /35R18 rear Dunlop Direzza tires; Car Modify Wonder Glare body kit, front and rear Twin Type canards, twin canard side skirts, GT rear quarter-panels and front fenders, Full Version front diffuser, Twin Blade wing; Wonder Red paint; Bride Gias bucket seat, Low Max seat rails; Car Modify Wonder Street Swing series steering wheel, shift knob

Why We Love It:
Car Modify Wonder big boss and ex-pro drifter Takashi Haruyama calls this S13 the best of "Saitama street style," but we just think the one-off fastback is all kinds of badass.

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15 Of The Sickest JDM Cars You Can Buy For Under $15,

By Lewis NicholsonUpdated

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These Japanese cars are still relatively affordable and readily available, but you probably shouldn't wait too long to buy one.

It's hard to resist Japan's allure. Whether it's due to the twisty mountain roads, the food, their animated television series, the hilarious game shows, or the weird car modifying trends, the Land of the Rising Sun seems to have something for almost everybody. With its stunning countryside and some of the most densely-packed cities in the world, the geographical and cultural diversity in Japan makes it truly unique.

Updated August If you're in the market for a sick Japanese car that doesn't cost a fortune, you'll be happy to know that we've updated this list with cool cars that are budget-friendly in and removed the ones that have skyrocketed out of range for everyone but the richest car enthusiasts.

For gearheads, Japan is renowned for its car culture. It is home to numerous iconic racetracks and was even the birthplace of drifting. The country upholds world-famous car clubs and was even the home of some unprecedented underground street-racing organizations. Japanese auto manufacturers were responsible for some revolutionary and ground-breaking technology. While a lot of Japanese cars made it into the domestic market, their JDM counterparts often came with more desirable traits. Here are some awesome Japanese cars you can buy for less than $15, according to Hagerty's Valuation Tool and current prices on auction websites.

15 Mitsubishi GTO

Highly advanced for its era, the Mitsubishi GTO was a lesser-known sports car hailing from Japan. The GTO was packing a twin-turbo v6 engine, AWD, four-wheel steering, real-time adaptive suspension, and active aero. The GTO is still climbing in price, but is fairly affordable, as far as JDM sports cars are concerned.

14 Toyota JZX Chaser

The chaser might not be the best-known Japanese car out there, but its popularity has been growing in recent years. Featuring the incredibly popular 1JZ engine and a single big turbo, this is a very capable sport sedan out of Japan. Well worth its price tag due to its plush interior and ample creature comforts.

13 Mk3 Toyota Supra

The Toyota Supra is inevitable when talking about Japanese sports cars. The third-generation Supra was the first model that didn't share a name with the Celica. While parting ways with the Celica in , the Supra was fitted with a new inline-6 engine and was even offered as a turbocharged model. Unlike the Mk4 Supra, which is nearly unattainable in today's market, the Mk3 is a more budget-friendly car for many people. Average sales prices are around $7, today, so with a $15, budget, there's plenty of money left over for modifications.

12 Subaru Forester STI

This wagon might look like a typical grocery-getter, but it is very much a wolf in sheep's clothing. The STI version of the beloved Forester was only offered in the land of the rising sun. The driveline of the WRX STI was fitted into the shell of the unsuspecting wagon, producing a car that is faster, and handles better than its commuter counterpart. This is definitely a sleeper, and it can even keep up with some of today's fastest performance SUVs.

11 Nissan ZX Z32

The Nissan ZX Z32 is the younger and better brother to the Z31, featuring the same engine but with an all-new twin-turbo system. The Z32 also featured the HICAS 4-wheel-steering system that the Nissan Skylines of the same generation were known to have. Though steadily increasing in price, complicated electronics and expensive maintenance on the twin-turbo engine help keep the price of this sports car down. The non-turbo versions can still be picked up for less than $10, all day long.

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10 Toyota MR2

The Toyota MR2's name is derived from its configuration; Mid-engine Runabout 2-seater. This was the first true mid-engined sports car from Japan, and it featured the now iconic 4AGE engine that has a cult-like following of its own. It was also available with a supercharger, which surely makes it one of the coolest '80s sports cars you can buy for this little money. The MR2 has timeless sports-car styling with the performance to support its good looks.

9 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution has seen 10 different iterations. Best known for its polarizing rivalry with Subaru's STI, the Evo similarly has a boosted inline 4-cylinder engine, sending power to all four corners. The Evo has been a formidable contender in the rallying world, and has even been pictured on the big screen in the Fast and Furious series. Unfortunately, Mitsubishi has discontinued the Evolution, so the car likely won't stay on this list for long.

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8 Mazda RX-7 FC

The FC was the second generation of the iconic RX7 produced by Mazda. Once again utilizing the famous Wankel Rotary engine, the FC was more powerful and handled better than its predecessor. In the Japanese markets, all of these cars were equipped with turbochargers. In North America, a naturally aspirated version was available as a less desirable base model option. Mazda has been teasing rotary fans for years with hints at a possible revival, just recently more details have surfaced regarding the new generation of rotary engines.

7 Toyota MR2 Spyder

saw the birth of the third-generation Toyota MR2, named the 'MR2 Spyder' in the US market. It was only available as a convertible, and the focus was very driver centric. The lightweight MR2 Spyder is perfect for those who want a fun car and aren't too concerned with practicality. The MR2 Spyder isn't as popular as its predecessors, but has gained some new fans in recent years. It's the perfect car for those who don't want a Miata and can't afford a Lotus Elise.

6 Nissan Z

The Nissan Z was launched in and became an instant hit. The car featured a hp liter V6 as well as a manual gearbox that sent all the power to the rear wheels. Contrary to the norm in the automotive world, it was actually a lot simpler than its predecessor, the Nissan ZX, which makes it easier and cheaper to maintain. These days, ​​​​​​the Nissan Z is very affordable, perhaps because it's not yet a classic, and it's overshadowed by its younger sibling, the Z. However, it does offer a huge selection of aftermarket parts.

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5 Mazda Mazdaspeed3

The Mazdaspeed3 was launched in , and it was definitely an interesting and unusual hot hatchback. In , it received some updates and was powered by a liter turbocharged engine with hp. The new engine was matched by sportier looks than the previous models too. The Mazdaspeed3 managed to clock the 0 to 60 mph sprint in just seconds, making it a solid performance car. However, it was always overshadowed by the VW Golf R and Ford Focus RS, but we expect prices to start increasing soon.

4 Mitsubishi Starion

The Mitsubishi Starion is a fantastic JDM car. It was also sold as badge engineered variants marketed in North America as the Conquest, under the Chrysler, Dodge, and Plymouth brands. The ESI-R model is the widebody version, coming with hp, and it's definitely the one we'd go for, but you better act fast, because it's becoming more desirable to enthusiasts every day. A car in decent condition can be bought for less than $10,, but the models are becoming rarer and harder to find.

3 Mazda Miata NB

The Mazda Miata certainly doesn't need an introduction. The NB generation was launched in , and while it may not be as popular as the previous NA generation, it's still a fantastic little sports car. The lightweight RWD roadster is available for around $7,, which is a very decent price for such a fun, reliable, and capable car. The Miata also has an absolutely massive aftermarket for those who want to turn it into something truly special.

2 Subaru Impreza WRX

The Subaru Impreza WRX STI wasn't as refined as later Impreza models. It featured the controversial bug-eye headlights, making it instantly recognizable among enthusiasts. The Impreza has a turbocharged liter flat-four engine that produces hp and the power is sent to all four wheels. While the STI is quickly becoming more desirable, the WRX STI is still available quite cheaply, expect to pay about $4, for one in fair condition for.

1 Lexus IS

The Lexus IS isn't the most attractive sports sedan out there, however, it's a brilliant car that comes with the same engine found under the hood of the Toyota Supra MkIV. The 2JZ engine is legendary thanks its tunability, easily able to cope with hp. In stock form, the IS manages a top speed of mph, so it's certainly no slouch. With its unassuming looks, decent aftermarket, legendary Lexus reliability, and a liter 2JZ engine under the hood, the IS is the perfect candidate for a sick build, and the $7, asking price makes it extremely good value.

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The 10 best JDM Cars you can buy right now&#;

Words by: Patrick Tierney

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The 80&#;s and early 90&#;s was an amazing period for Japan &#; In the midst of the &#;Bubble Economy&#; Japan was booming, the country as a whole was brimming with confidence and was emerging as a world leader at the cutting edge of technological developments. This all meant that disposable income was at an all time high amongst Japanese salary men and they wanted to enjoy the fruits of their labour, crazy gadgets and electronics were developed to fulfill every task, video gaming and gaming culture exploded but of course what better way to spend your hard earned yen than on a sports car. The Japanese car manufacturing giants recognised this and lived up to the demand by producing cars that were not only massively advanced but somehow managed to personify this wave of confidence and prosperity that Japan was enjoying. Right through the &#;s and up to the economic crash of the early 90&#;s Japan produced some of the most special drivers cars of all time. It is only now when we look back at this period we can begin to appreciate just how good some of these cars truly are, not just back then but right now.

What followed the economic crash is often called &#;The Lost Decade&#;, the car manufacturers shied away from performance cars and stuck with their bread and butter kei cars and family wagons, with the demise of the bubble economy meaning the demand for sports cars within Japan was all but gone. Nowadays with emissions standards, safety regulations and a quest to make everything hybrid or eco friendly we are unlikely to ever see cars like these again.

But its not all bad news! Now is your best opportunity to own some of these cars which were designed during this golden era, The market for these cars is ever growing and is influenced by demand from within Japan as well as all of the other export markets, particularly the U.S., (In the U.S., cars can be imported to most states providing they are over 25 years old and as each year rolls by this opens the U.S. import market to more and more cars).

Here are 10 cars which we believe are set to appreciate in value in the coming years, making them excellent investments which you can not only watch appreciating in value but more importantly enjoy owning.

rx7

Mazda RX7 (FD3S)

Many people love the idea of the RX7, they dream about buying one but when all is done end up going with some lesser car instead. From our experience this is down to fear of the rotary engine. Perceived as complex, troublesome and needing a rebuild every time its Tuesday many are reluctant to take the plunge and buy an RX7. The reality I&#;m glad to say is very different, an RX7 is a blast to own and while rotary engines have a limited rebuild interval they are for the most part extremely reliable and easy to maintain. Even when the time comes for that all important rebuild (Every k kms seems to be the consensus) rebuild prices with rotary specialists are pretty resonable, usually considerably cheaper than a rebuild on a comparable regular 4pot. With an excellent RWD chassis and that powerhouse rotary engine which seems to rev forever this car is a real drivers car and is loved in Japan. With production lasting over 10 years there is an RX7 for every budget and with prices set to rise, particularly with rumours that Mazda is to launch a spiritual successor there has not been a better time to buy one.

Why now is the time to buy one:

Next year will see the earliest versions of this model eligible for export to the US and with that prices are guaranteed to rise.

Pro&#;s:

Great looks, Excellent RWD chassis, Rotary Engine

Con&#;s:

Fuel economy, Interior can be cramped for larger people

Which one should I buy?:

Go for an early car pre 96 car &#; these are much better value than the later revisions, don&#;t necessarily be put off by higher mileage as this can be a guarantee that the car has had a rebuild

 

22bSubaru Impreza WRX STi (GC8)

One of my personal all time favourites is the classic Subaru Impreza WRX STi, I have owned a lot of these cars and they really make a great purchase, launched in as the Impreza WRX and aimed squarely at the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo the Impreza was an instant hit in Japan &#; shortly after launch the standard WRX was given to Subaru&#;s Motorsport branch &#; &#;STi&#; to breathe on and the WRX STi was born, this was as close to a road going rally car as the Impreza got and is the one to go for. Over the classic Impreza&#;s production run () there were 6 versions and several special editions including the legendary 22b &#; each version brought some minor upgrades to the table, but the truth is it doesn&#;t really matter which you choose, even 16 years after the last one rolled off the production line they feel as sharp and alive today as when new. The handling is a masterclass and the flat 4 boxer engine is punchy and delivers effortless power with that all important Subaru flat four rumble. Over the last 12months we have seen these cars starting to rise in value as they are beginning to gain modern classic status. Prices however are still relatively low so our advice is get one while you can because they won&#;t stay that way for long!

Why now is the time to buy one:

 Prices are beginning to rise, and car is gaining status as a modern day JDM classic.

Pro&#;s:

 Rally thoroughbred for the road, Great drivers car, Boxer engine, Cheap parts

Con&#;s:

Engine can be prone to failure if not properly maintained

Which one should I buy?:

Get as stock a car as you possibly can, Pre-facelift version STi&#;s are rarer and cheaper and are more likely to be sought after in years to come

 

eg6Honda Civic SiR (EG6)

Performance Honda&#;s really divide car fans &#; very few &#;like&#; them its either full on love to the point of obsession or complete hatred .. I can never understand why, I don&#;t think you can call yourself a car fan if you can&#;t appreciate what Honda achieved with its VTEC engines.. In the late 80&#;s/early 90&#;s when forced induction was the order of the day, Honda came to the party and said &#;Hey your turbo&#;s are cute, but we don&#;t need them thanks.&#; what they offered instead was not so much an engine but a masterpiece which revved forever and through variable valve timing wizardry offered power right up to the redline. If you like the sound of this and want a Honda which is going to be an investment we reckon the EG6 Honda Civic SiR made from is the one to have. The EG6 is an excellent chassis which has over the years proven hugely successful in circuit racing and rallying, even 25 years since its launch this model Civic looks fresh and its sleek body shape is now iconic in the tuning world, combine this with the all important VTEC engine and you have the recipe for an all time classic.

Why now is the time to buy one:

The EG6 civic is creeping into the grasp of US buyers under the 25 year rule is going to rapidly increase the price of these.

Pro&#;s:

Great handling, VTEC Engine, Timeless styling, One of the best Hot Hatches you can buy, Honda reliability.

Con&#;s:

While these engines love to rev they can&#;t be found lacking torque when the revs drop, Interiors are a let down.

Which one should I buy?:

Go for one in an original colour without a body kit, OEM options are very desirable.

 

ps13Nissan Silvia S13

When you think of the drift scene, many people would suggest that it was the Corolla AE86 which started it all, and that may well be true, but it was Nissan&#;s S-Body cars (sx & Silvia) which made it accessible to the masses and that makes these cars very important car in modern day car culture. The Silvia&#;s body shape changed over the years but the underpinnings stayed the same, a choice of a naturally aspirated (SR20DE) or turbocharged (SR20DET) engine, paired with an excellent and light RWD chassis. Our choice for this list could really have been any of the S-Body cars as in years to come all will achieve classic status in their own right .. but the one to buy right now in our view is the Nissan Silvia S13 which was sold between & The S13 Silvia looked pretty dated by the time the S14 came along to replace it in , its angular design was showing its age compared to the more curvaceous design of the S As a consequence popularity and prices of this model fell rapidly and many ended up being drifted and generally bought cheap then used and abused by Japanese car fans. It wasn&#;t until the mid 00&#;s when people began thinking &#;Hey these late 80&#;s and early 90&#;s cars are pretty cool&#; that the Silvia S13 started to experience a resurgence. Today the S13 looks great, its clean angular lines and low slung stance make it a bonafide classic, combined with that excellent chassis, the superb SR20 and limitless tuning potential this is one car that should be on every JDM fan&#;s bucket list.

Why now is the time to buy one:

As these cars were cheap in the past, finding good ones which haven&#;t led a life of abuse and neglect is becoming hard, also this is another car which is beginning to come within reach of our US friends under their 25 year rule.

Pro&#;s:

 All of the Silvia traits wrapped up in a classic 80&#;s design &#; whats not to love!

Con&#;s:

Rust can be an issue, dashes crack with exposure to the sun, many have had a hard life

Which one should I buy?:

For long term investment go for a car without aftermarket bodykits and overfenders etc, period modifications and aftermarket extras such as the uber rare HUD clocks are very desirable

 

gtirNissan Pulsar GTiR

In the early &#;s things were heating up in the WRC and with Japanese giants Toyota, Subaru & Mitsubishi slugging it out for victories Nissan decided that they needed a challenger. The chosen car was the humble Nissan Pulsar, rules at the time stipulated that Nissan needed to make a road going version for homologation of the rally car, this was a godsend for car fans as it lead to the birth of  the Pulsar GTiR. While Nissan&#;s rally career with the Pulsar floundered and was abandoned after just 9 events, the GTiR as a road car was a huge success. Featuring a unique version of Nissan&#;s SR20DET Turbo engine as found in the Silvia and the tried and tested ATTESA 4wd first developed in the R32 GTR it lead to phenomenal performance for the time and even today a stock GTiR feels properly fast. Of course we have to move on to the looks and lets be honest this isn&#;t a pretty car, but with its cheese grater bonnet vent, wider track and deep front bumper its a bit like a bull terrier, making up for its lack of elegant features with bulging muscles and aggression! This aggression carries over to the driving experience, with the excellent SR20 and surefooted 4wd handling they will fight off competition from almost anything in real world driving conditions. I&#;ve had 3 of these cars and in my view they are the ultimate hot hatch&#; Golf GTi?? Never heard of her.

Why now is the time to buy one:

 Produced in limited numbers these cars are starting to get scarce and values have begun to rise pretty rapidly.

Pro&#;s:

 Awesome hot hatch  turbo 4wd developed for Group A Rallying

Con&#;s:

RUST! especially on the rear arches, gearboxes are known to be weak, handling can be tricky on the limit

Which one should I buy?:

Get as good an example as your budget allows, with minimal or no rust, an aftermarket front mount intercooler is much more efficient than the standard top mount so is a common modification.

 

ae86Toyota AE86

This list would never have been complete without mentioning my all time favourite car &#; the AE86&#; On paper the AE86 doesn&#;t sound too exciting, a Toyota Corolla from the &#;s&#; but the reality is this car is very special. The engine may just be cc but it is Toyota&#;s revolutionary 4AGE Twincam 16v unit and while the AE86 came from the dull & dreary Corolla family this was a car that broke the mould. The AE86 has a front engined rear wheel drive configuration and is simply a blast to own. Driving one delivers more in smiles per mile than any other car I know, the 4AGE engine while state of the art at launch in , can at times feel a little underpowered by today&#;s standards but this only adds to the car&#;s epic character, its a drivers car which you have to work hard to get the most from and the combination of that screaming engine with its raspy tone and excellent chassis is like the devil on your shoulder encouraging you to wring this cars neck. When it comes to styling, like so many other Japanese cars the AE86 is not exactly from the design houses of Italy but no matter which body style you go for; 2 door coupe or 3 door hatch you get an iconic shape which as time goes by seems to just look better and better. The only downside is the AE86&#;s progression towards all time classic status has meant these cars have changd from cheap and affordable fun cars to expensive garage queens&#; Prices have increased rapidly in the past 2 years and are showing no sign of slowing down &#; and with only so many left in Japan now is the time to import your AE86 before its too late.

Why now is the time to buy one:

 Prices are increasing practically by the day, In a few years this car will no longer be an affordable option for most.

Pro&#;s:

  RWD, Great chassis, Easy to run, Easy to maintain &#; limitless tuning and styling options

Con&#;s:

Limited parts left, RUST! Getting hard to find, RUST! Fighting off all the girls the AE86 attracts does get tiresome, RUST!

Which one should I buy?:

There are no rules, go for whatever car catches your eye and best suits your budget

 

evo6Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI

My original intention was to put the Mitsubishi Lancer Tommi Makinen Edition on this list, but with prices now often 3 times more than the almost identical car on which it is based, the Evo 6, it really is a hard case to make. So I went with the next best thing and when you pull up beside a Makinen owner at the traffic lights you can be sure you paid a lot less money than they did! The 6 is the last of the classic Lancer Evolution&#;s as beginning with the 7 the Evo began to look a little more restrained and ever so slightly sensible whereas the 6, which was launched in , was about as subtle as a brick to the face, at the time it looked like a regular Lancer which had entered a body building competition, it was and still is an incredibly aggressive looking car. The turbo 4wd Evo & its arch nemesis the similarly powered Subaru Impreza STi were what a generation of car fans aspired to in the mid-late 90&#;s and the 6 came along at the pinnacle of the craze for these cars. I have always been more of a Subaru man but honestly the Lancer always felt a little sharper to drive, perhaps due to the fact that no matter which model Evo you decide on you can be sure it was at the cutting edge of development when new with features such as Active Yaw Control (Don&#;t ask me to explain it) being offered as far back as ! This all means that even today the Evo 6 is a very advanced and properly fast car. Prices haven&#;t really began to take off as yet, but with Makinen prices going through the roof it is only a matter of time and it is one of those cars about which you will say &#; &#;Why didn&#;t I buy one when I had the chance!&#;.

Why now is the time to buy one:

 Tommi Makinen Edition prices have exploded &#; it is only a matter of time before the Evo 6 gets some of the pie

Pro&#;s:

World beating performance, Rally heritage, Aggressive looks

Con&#;s:

Watch out for Rust on rear subframe, these cars had little or no underseal when new, Fuel consumption isn&#;t exactly up to Prius standards 🙂

Which one should I buy?:

Standard bodywork is essential &#; and try find the lightweight stripped down RS version &#; these do not make as much of a premium as you would think

 

r32gtrNissan Skyline R32 GT-R

The Nissan Skyline GT-R is one of the all time greats, The GT-R badge had been retired since the s so it was always going to take a very special car to bring it back and the R32 was the chosen one. This was a car built to not only win but to embarrass its opponents either on track in Group A racing or on the streets, earning it the name  &#;GODZILLA&#;. If you owned one of these when they were new in Japan you knew you had made it, being the first car to use Nissans legendary RB26 twinturbo engine and featuring a state of the art 4wd system, the R32 GT-R was almost space age at the time and brought the GT-R badge back with a bang. Today the R32 GT-R is like a time warp back to that golden era of Japanese cars, as a car it showcases all that was good about Japan during the bubble economy. If you haven&#;t had the opportunity, put driving an R32 GT-R on the list of things you need to do before you kick the bucket.. on the road the car feels like a beast, that RB26 engine even in standard form is a powerhouse &#; mash the accelerator pedal into the carpet and the horizon becomes a blur, the handling is sublime everything is perfectly weighted and the ATTESSA 4wd system lets the back end step out just enough to have some fun before reigning things back and firing you into the distance with its immense 4wd grip! Some will say that as values have been rapidly rising for this car in the last 2 years that the boat has now been missed for those wanting to buy one, but they are wrong &#; they R32 GT-R is perhaps the ultimate modern day Japanese classic and prices are set to soar as the years go by making one of these amazing cars an investment which will deliver a return time and time again!

Why now is the time to buy one:

cars are not eligible for import to the USA &#;&#;.. yet. Buy one now!!!

Pro&#;s:

Nissan developed a car that was worthy to carry on the GT-R legacy, these cars are surprisingly reliable and easy to live with

Con&#;s:

Parts can be expensive and many have been discontinued.

Which one should I buy?:

The temptation is always to go for a car with lots of upgrades but from our experience these cars will have led a hard life, our choice would be a car with stage 1 mods and if possible the more sought after v-spec models.

 

supraToyota Supra JZA80

The 4th generation Supra is the only car I can think of which fills a unique role in bridging the gap between super car and regular sports car. When it was first launched in the JZA80 series Supra was incredibly futuristic looking .. I remember as a kid having a poster of this car on my wall and getting a sales brochure from a Toyota showroom which I must have read &#;s of times. On one hand the Supra was a hardcore sports car but it was also an effortless cruiser mostly thanks to what many believe to be the finest Japanese engine ever made, the 2JZ. This engine was available in both NA and of course the all singing, all dancing Twin turbo variant. Whilst the NA Supra is a very capable car naturally its the turbo that everybody wants to own and with good reason. One thing that always stands out about the Supra is the driving position, it really is perfect and I&#;ve always loved the way the dash curves around the driver, its a little thing but it really does add to the experience of this car. When new, due to the high price tag many were bought by more mature owners and as a result a large percentage are auto&#;s but it really is worth finding a manual and paying the premium as its a must have. In 2 years time the first of these will become 25 years old and demand from the US is expected to be huge, so this is another case of get one and sit back and watch the values rise!

Why now is the time to buy one:

 This car is on the brink of all time classic status and once they become eligible for import to the US prices will rise&#; forget the stock market, invest in a Supra!

Pro&#;s:

 Phenomenal performance, limitless tuning potential, Toyota reliability

Con&#;s:

Running costs can be high

Which one should I buy?:

A twin turbo manual is the ultimate combination

 

dc2Honda Integra Type R DC2

Don&#;t even try argue with me on this .. The Honda Integra Type R is the best Front Wheel Drive car ever to come from Japan, if not the world. Launched in and with production continuing to the DC2 Honda Integra Type R was another homologation car and was developed with the brief of being a road going track car. What you get is a razor sharp car based on the standard Integra SiR, which had its chassis strengthened, engine performance increased and most importantly had undergone a serious weight loss programme (including a 10% weight saving on the windscreen!!). This all allowed drivers to experience a focused hardcore car in a practical package which was just as happy being flogged to within an inch of its life at a trackday as it was doing the weekly shop. The DC2 Type R had just bhp but its delivered by a screaming cc DOHC VTEC engine which gives this car its unique character but even better than the engine is the chassis, the weight reduction and chassis strengthening makes this car an absolute gem to drive. An interesting fact is that Honda lost money on every DC2 Type R which was sold, showing just how committed they were to making this car the best that it could possibly be. There were a number of improvements introduced in with these cars becoming known as the &#;98 spec&#; and the final run out models of designated the Type RX also had some tweaks but for me the original version of this car is best. Prices are at an all time low right now in Japan and this car is going to become more and more sought after as the number of good examples dwindle meaning like the others on this list this is one car you should buy right now&#;

Why now is the time to buy one:

Prices are at an all time low for this excellent car &#; they are set to increase in the coming years

Pro&#;s:

Lightweight, fun hard core track car, wrapped in a practical package

Con&#;s:

Styling is a little dull, limited colour choice

Which one should I buy?:

Honda got this one just right, completely stock is the best option

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Top 10 JDM Cars Under $10,000!!

13 JDM Cars We Can Get For Cheap And 10 We Still Can&#;t Buy

Every country has its own particular automotive style. A sort of signature to their car culture that sets them apart and makes a car from that country immediately identifiable. If it's the throaty tone and curve craving designs of Italy or the thunderous and intimidating quarter-mile-pounding muscle cars of the United States, there's something distinct about a country's car culture that sets it apart. Like with most other things that Japan does well, they do cars in a way that is wildly distinct from anywhere else.

Updated September cool and rare JDM cars are some of the best and most affordable vehicles to buy and collect, and the market is filled with amazing classic examples that are rising in value fast. Here's a rundown of the cheapest JDM cars any enthusiast can own as well as those we might hopefully see in the US in the future.

A lot of these identifiers are down to the demands and resources of their native lands. Small roads carving through countrysides lend themselves to nimbler cars, wide-open terrain with dry lake beds and unused airstrips favored the big muscle car, these things help define the way a country makes a car.

Japan is a very populous country on a very small island and while there is a rich tradition in Japan, there is also an intense interest in innovation. Like any country that produces fun-to-drive cars, practical concerns can give way to more passionate priorities with no shortage of twisty mountain roads and drivers willing to tackle them.

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Thanks to market pressures or emissions or safety concerns, we don't get a lot of those JDM cars in the United States except through grey market imports or waiting for the magical year mark to pass that allows us to import the distinctly overseas JDM cars. Here are 17 of those cars that have made it to our shores and can be had for cheap and 11 we'll have to wait a little longer for.

23 Cheap: Toyota Soarer

This JDM car had a brief life on our shores, but it was sold under a different badge. In a time when JDM cars had garnered a reputation for affordability, the inevitable label of 'cheap' wasn't exactly helping when trying to get into the upmarket car market.

So, the big manufacturers in Japan created new brands for their nicer cars, Acura for Honda, Infiniti for Nissan, and Lexus for Toyota. This luxurious Toyota Soarer was briefly sold by Lexus as the SC and was available worldwide as the SC The JDM versions offered different trim and powertrain options and the early versions can be had for anywhere from $6, to $20,

22 Cheap: Eunos (Mazda) Cosmo

If you're a fan of the rotary engine, then you know the name Cosmo. The Cosmo was Mazda's halo car and the car that would introduce the Mazda rotary engine to the world. While the first Cosmo managed a respectable 4th in the Marathon de la Route, an incredible endurance race at Nürburgring in Germany, it set the stage for the first and only car made in Japan and rotary engine to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The final generation of the car was sold under Mazda's luxury badge Eunos in Japan and can be had here in the US for around $13,

21 Cheap: Autozam AZ-1

Suzuki's road to a sports Kei car had a lot of different roads not taken. One of those roads was a mid-engine tube frame design that didn't become the Cappuccino was picked up by Mazda and became the gullwing microcar that has developed a small cult following in the US as they start to hit that year window.

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Fans include none other than Jay Leno, with Road & Track reporting the celeb as a fan. The design was one of three deemed the most conventional, which is hard to imagine. Because of its cult following cheap might not always be a term that will apply, Bringatrailer.com recently auctioned one-off for just under $19,

20 Cheap: Mazda Miata

Anyone who hasn't been living under a rock for the past three decades knows what a Miata is and why they're so popular as sports cars. Whether you buy a year-old model or the brand new MX-5, these cars all have exceptional reliability records and make perfect platforms for mods.

When creating the first-gen Miata, Mazda basically copied all the best parts from classic British roadsters, but with one important difference — the Miata was actually reliable and could be driven on a daily basis. While far from the most powerful cars on the road, weighing in at just over lbs makes them a hoot to drive on a twisty road or a track day. And best of all, '90s Miatas are some of the most affordable convertibles you can buy, costing just a couple of grand in great shape.

19 Cheap: Toyota Sera

For those who need a little more wheelbase than a Kei car but are still looking for crazy door arrangement on a car that can't be mistaken for anything else, then the Toyota Sera is the car for you. It's heavier than its gullwing cousin and shares a lot of parts from the rather unlovable Paseo but it does feature those standout butterfly doors.

Crazy doors have always been reserved for the exotic supercar, but then so have mid engines and this was offered as an alternative to Toyota's mid-engine sports car, the MR2. Apart from that, the Toyota Sera also has a rich history that makes it a cool collector's item. You can grab one if you can find one, and there are a few on Autotrader for less than $10,

18 Cheap: Nissan Figaro

The nostalgia and retro trend was not something that hit the US and European markets alone. As far back as the early '90s, Japan began looking to give a nostalgic update to classic looks. One of those studies was the Nissan Figaro.

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Part of the Pike Cars family, a group of retro design study cars all made at the Pike Factory in Japan, this was a one year only car that now falls into the import window. The distinct drop-top car borrows looks from influences ranging from Citroen to Fiat but certainly stands out on its own. Imported Figaros can be found for around $12,

17 Cheap: 1st Gen Suzuki Jimny

The US eventually did come to know this plucky little 4X4 under a different name, the Suzuki Samurai, but that wasn't until the second iteration was made. The first generation didn't even start out as a Suzuki but rather as a Hope. The Hope Motor Company had a line of tiny off-roaders but hadn't made many before being taken over by Suzuki and remodeled.

The plucky little off-roader even managed to compete in the Mexico Rally in 34 hours according to Motoringresearch.com. Select models can be found in the US now for around $10,

16 Cheap: Toyota Crown

When those in the US think of Toyota sedans, most likely they think of the stalwart Camry as the flagship sedan of the Toyota brand. In Japan, however, the flagship sedan is the long-running Crown, which has been in production since Though it sold in the United States from the late fifties to the early seventies, it was eventually replaced by the Corona and the Crown remained a primarily JDM car.

The Crown lacks the outlandishness that we'd normally associate with a JDM car but if you want a sedan that is subtly distinct, the latest model in the import window, the S from to can be had for around $10,

15 Cheap: Nissan Cima

If you want to know what car the Cima was meant to compete with, look no further than the hood ornament. It features a single acanthus leaf that Greece used to make crowns.

The Cima is Nissan's answer to Toyota's long-living Crown, coming into production in The US would eventually know a version of the Cima as the Infinity Q45, but the generations before and after that we all Japan. First-generation Cimas can be imported and bought for around $10, if the Crown isn't your speed.

14 Cheap: Toyota Land Cruiser Prado

The Land Cruiser is a known element in the United States, with early models being the indestructible alternative to Land Rovers and Jeeps and later models being the retro design SUV that developed a popular following in the US. While for the US markets the Land Cruiser is a single entity, for Japan it represents a range of vehicles and in its center is the Prado.

Essentially the Prado is the slightly more civilized cousin of the rough and tumble Land Cruisers that we know. Current models can be had as a Lexus GX with the same body panels and engine as its JDM counterpart but a os real deal Prado can be had in the US for around $15,

13 Cheap: Suzuki Cappuccino

One Suzuki to never make it to US shores officially in any configuration is the tiny but distinct Cappuccino. Built for people who think Miatas are too bloated and heavy, the 1,pound Cappuccino makes the most of its rpm hp motor.

A liberal application of Colin Chapman's philosophy of 'adding lightness,' the little car is reportedly a joy to drive. For people looking for an even purer expression of the simple top-down sports car than the stalwart Miata, Cappuccinos 25 years and older can be had for around $5,,

12 Cheap: Honda City

Japan has a class of car that they rarely export and are built specifically for the demands of their crowded city streets, and that's the Kei Car. Built to a set of specs that keep the cars extraordinarily small, no longer than 11'2" and wider than 4'10" with cc engines, Kei cars come with a series of exemptions and tax breaks that make them attractive to overseas motorists.

The super tiny cars also can become a novelty outside of Japan, and one of those is the plucky Honda City, with importable versions on sale for less than $10,

11 Cheap: Nissan Cedric

Imagine a movie where a scientist creates a formula that when someone takes it they split into two different people, one with all of the athleticism and aggression and the other calmer, and more refined. If that scenario was a car, the Nissan Cedric would be the Dr. Jekyll to the Skyline's Mr. Hyde.

Both cars share the same origin, having been the Prince Skyline before being folded into the Nissan lineup. The Skyline became the premiere sports car from Japan and the Cedric the performance sedan cousin. With a hp range-topping six-cylinder, one went for $7, at BringATrailer.com

10 Can't Get: R34 Skyline

An entire generation of American gearheads got their first introduction to the Nissan Skyline GT-R, a Japanese supercar slayer, by playing Gran Turismo on the Playstation.

At the time, the R34 was the ultimate Japanese performance car, producing a claimed hp from the factory. We say claimed because, in reality, the RB26 engine's power figure was closer to hp. To top it all off, it was extremely tuneable, easily capable of pushing out 3 times that. Over time, the Skyline has become so popular worldwide That Nissan now imports the GT-R to the US. But the R34 remains an unattainable goal for a few more years.

9 Can't Get: Honda S

Once upon a time, Honda created an Austin Healey-inspired little roadster called the S featuring a cc engine in an equally tiny package. It's a perfect formula to revisit when making a Kei car with its engine capacity limit of cc.

The diminutive little roadster, like some of the other Kei cars, is a defiance of the notion that a car cannot be practical and impractically fun at the same time. Jalopnik refers to the mid-engine rear-wheel drive car the most fun you can have at 25 mph. It will be a long time before this car becomes eligible for import.

8 Can't Get: Honda Civic Type R

Way back in the s, Volkswagen created the original hot hatchback when they introduced the world to the Golf GTi (or Rabbit GTi in the States). Honda didn't jump on the bandwagon straight away, but did eventually come up with some semi-fast hatchbacks. Then, in , Honda decided they didn't want to follow European carmakers' lead, they wanted to be at the forefront for a change.

The Honda Civic Type R was an absolutely genius move by the Japanese manufacturer! Powered by a rev-happy, hp, liter VTEC engine, the Civic Type R was not only fast straight out of the box, but it was also incredibly tuner friendly. It's a true cult classic in Japan, US enthusiasts, however, have another few years to wait to obtain one but by then they'll be priced out of range for most.

7 Can't Get: Nissan Stagea Autech RS

There is a strong precedent for the hot rod station wagon. The stalwart family mover has existed in some form or another in just about every manufacturer's lineup. There have been hot rod standouts, like the cult-favorite Volvo Turbo wagon featuring a homologated race-based engine, or the RS4 Avant from Audi.

Then there is the Nissan Stagea Autech RS, which is a family wagon with the heart of the beast, the engine out of the then-current Skyline.

6 Can't Get: Subaru WRX STI 22B

Nearly a decade after the World Rally Championships completely insane Group B era, the FIA stage racing series had yet another revival with its simpler, slightly more sane formula of production-based two-liter cars. That didn't mean that the cars were tame or didn't capture the imagination. With his Subaru blue WRX, Colin 'Crash' McRae became an international figure and stalwart Subaru - a performance brand even in the minds of those in the US where the car is more popular with adjunct professors.

While demand finally meant that those in the US got the hot WRX version of the Impreza, it was after the homologated special that was the 22B, which we still can only covet from afar.

5 Can't Get: Mitsuoka Orochi

There is no shortage of niche market supercar manufacturers popping up here and there, some come and go and some make a mark on the world with some outrageous performance numbers.

The Orochi can't lay claim to big performance itself, capable of only a 5-second hop to 60 which by supercar standards isn't enough to best the NSX that it borrowed from. It also features a softer ride than the wild fiberglass would suggest, making its most striking feature the unique look of the car. For the show more than go crowd, you'll still have to wait for a while before they'll be eligible for import.

4 Can't Get: Toyota Hilux

Top Gear managed to make the Toyota Hilux a legend with their repeated efforts to destroy a single copy of one to almost no avail as the plucky Toyota pickup defiantly keeps running. Their reliability and huge production numbers also placed them at the center of an overseas conflict due to their purposeful build.

Despite this reputation, US citizens don't get the Hilux and current models are decades away from being importable. Some just can't wait for this optimal model to make the transfer for good.

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24 Cheap JDM Cars For Sale under $10,

A lot of JDM cars appear to be increasing in value these days due to surging demand for Japanese classics and a weakening US dollar. However, many deals are still available to be had and some JDM cars for sale right now are downright cheap!

We&#;ve curated a list of the top 24 cheap JDM cars which have examples that can be had for under $10k USD.

Please note: Individual vehicles come and go. At the time of this list&#;s creation, each model listed here had ads listed on jdmbuysell.com for under $10k however those listings may now be sold. For each model listed here, we&#;re dynamically pulling in the latest, lowest priced ads based on what is currently available in market for your convenience

Here is a list of our favorite cheap JDM cars available for sale right now.

Toyota MR2 Non-Turbo

While the Turbo MR2 (GT and GT-S) can fetch well over $10, USD, the naturally aspirated L version (G and G-Limited) is a ton of fun and can be had for next to nothing. Don&#;t let the horsepower engine deter you from picking one up; in today&#;s number, that may seem slow, but from the size and weight of this car, you won&#;t even notice it by how smooth and drive and turns while hearing the sweet sound of that mid-engine right behind you.

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Suzuki Cappuccino

Car that out Miata’s a Miata. Thanks to its cc, three cylinders, turbocharged DOHC engine pumping out 63 horsepower at RPM, and Being that it is a turbocharged engine, you can increase the power with a simple tune. Weighing at just kg ( lbs), the Cappuccino was a massive success in Japan, with over 15, cars being produced. These classics can be found anywhere between $4, – $16, USD, but the average prices tend to stay consistently around $10, USD. What makes the Cappuccinos so fun to own and drive is their very nimble and can be easily tuned to your liking. Did we mention the turbocharged engine? But the one downside is if you are a bigger person, this car may not be for you, someone that is 6 feet tall can get in, but the ride will not be all that pleasant.

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Honda Beat

If you are into smaller form factor cars, then the Honda Beat might be your next purchase; everything about this car is a small Honda stuffed with a CC three-cylinder mid/rear-engine. Thanks to its size and weight, this car can swerve corners super smooth. Averaging around $6,$7, USD.

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Toyota Mark II

Known as the Toyota Cressida, the Mark II is a mid-size sedan packed with a L going all the way up to L engine going all the way up to a L. Lots of interior spaces with excellent visibility, the Mark II makes a perfect drift car. Many Mark II owners praise the dependability of this car. It will last a long time with very little intervention. Prices can be found between $5, – $10, USD depending on the generation you&#;re looking for.

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Nissan Skyline GTS R33

The R33 generation of the Skyline series came equipped with a six-cylinder engine. Nissan used the RB-series engines, so they ranged from L to L, giving it a HP but can be modified to go higher, of course. The GTS line was very well designed and engineered together with advanced technology and a powerful engine. These models can be found around $10, for an entry-level, four-door model with a L engine. A mid-spec model GTS-4 that comes equipped with a or HP engine will set you back around $20, – $25, USD.

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Nissan Stagea

Meet the GT-R wagon. The Nissan Stagea is a five-door station wagon with three different models: WC34 Series 1, WC34 Series 2, and the M35 Series. It comes with the RB-series engine that is in the skyline series. Stagea&#;s can be found from anywhere between $5,$10, USD.

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Toyota Crown Majesta

The Majesta, back in its prime, was considered a luxurious variant of the Toyota Crown lineup. When it came to the engine, you had two options: the L 2JZ-GE I6 that pushes hp or the L 1UZ-FE V8 pushing hp. What made the Majesta a luxury was primarily the 4WD that gave the car driving the traction butter-smooth along with the optional navigation system, electronic instrument cluster, heated seats for the front and rear, and power steering. You can find Majesta&#;s nowadays for the lowest, around $5, USD and the highest that we have seen $12, USD, all depending on the year and maintenance of the car.

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Toyota Celsior

Full-size luxury sedan, coming equipped with one powerful engine designed suspension giving you a very comfortable ride hitting speeds of around km/h. The Celsior is a V8 with rear-wheel drive, good handling, and perfect for longer trips. Comes equipped with high-tech features from its era of course. Prices can be found as low as $4,, but they mainly average around $10, The price will vary depending on the miles and amount of maintenance done to the car.

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Nissan Gloria

The four-door luxury sedan was named Prince Gloria (Infiniti M45) before merging with Nissan Motors to form the now called Nissan Gloria. Powered by a VG series engine with specific editions offering turbo. It&#;s got one unique exhaust that cuts most of the sound off, making the cockpit nice and quiet, creating that luxury driving experience.

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Mitsubishi Lancer MX

The Mitsubishi Lancer was already a fan favorite back for rally racing in the &#;90s, with traction built for any weather condition thrown at it to a great engine. Mitsubishi created a more high-end version later called MX with a L 4G93 SOHC engine inside of it. You can find some versions for under $5, USD depending on the year and maintenance, although prices always vary.

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Suzuki Alto Works RS/X

Retro classic two-seater turbocharged engine hitting top speeds of km/h. But this car was not meant for speed. Back when Nissan launched the car marketing it under &#;Back to the Future&#;, it gained so much popularity that Nissan had to create a lottery system for the car because there weren&#;t enough cars for the vast demand that came with it. Great for city driving and a head-turner. Fully leather seats, CD player, chrome-trimmed speedometer, this car is packed with luxuries. The average price for a can be all over the place, the cheapest examples can be found around $5,, and then they can go up to $35, USD depending on how well maintained it is.

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Nissan Pao

One of the smallest manual 5-speed cars you will ever drive. The Pao has a four-cylinder engine with 88 km/h, which isn&#;t a lot, but when you consider how light the car is, lbs, it makes sense. These cars back in the day were special editions making them extremely rare to find. Prices can range anywhere from $9, to $13, USD that we have seen.

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Nissan S-Cargo

As the name implies, the S-Cargo&#;s body is built in the shape of a snail, pushing up to km/h, this a perfect around-the-city car, although not the best for highway use, but it will hold up. As far as prices go, The S-Cargo isn&#;t that high-priced. They can be easily found under $5, USD.

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Mazda Roadster

Are you looking for something cheap, race-worthy, driftable, easy to maintain, reliable? The Mazda Roadster (the JDM version of the Mazda) is the perfect car for you! Not only do Miata&#;s have a fantastic reputation as being cheap, but maintaining these toys does not burn a hole inside your wallet. These cars are very reliable and very rarely break down. With Mazda put together, the Miatas upgrading is super simple, with a ton of room inside the engine bay. From what you get, it&#;s a great value and a perfect first car. Thanks to their size, Roadsters are perfect for the city and maneuver through traffic. Average prices can differ depending on how heavily the vehicle is modified, but you can easily find them at around $5, USD on the cheap end, maybe even less!

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Mitsubishi Delica

Coming from its English name, &#;Delivery car&#;, the Delica is one of Mitsubishi&#;s longest-running production vehicles spanning over half a century. They still produce it to this day. This van/pickup truck is surprisingly very roomy and can fit anywhere. It has an optional crystal light roof and a tremendous 4×4 capability. Prices can vary as the Delica has developed a cult following, but there can be found just over the $5, mark, and the more expensive version going all the way up to $25, USD for camperized and overland examples.

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11 Best JDM Cars Of The Nineties

We present eleven of the best JDM cars of the nineties and the latest news on their state of the art successors.

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The best JDM cars of the nineties

There&#;s no doubt that car enthusiasts consider the s to be the golden era for Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) cars.

Electric cars were still a distant vision at the tail end of the last decade and the performance vehicles rolling off the production line in Japan&#;s powerhouse motor industry were still entirely mechanical.

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At the time, Japan&#;s economy was booming and disposable income was at an all-time high. With the nation&#;s car owners facing strict vehicle inspections, drivers concentrated on innovation over durability and frequently updated their cars.

According to French research, a car in Japan travels a yearly average of just 5, miles, compared to the UK average of 7, miles.

What does JDM stand for?

JDM stands for Japaense Domestic Market. This is a generic term that doesn&#;t just apply to cars.

Are JDM cars legal in the US?

JDM cars are legal for importation in the United States once they reach 25 years of age or older.

Is Nissan a JDM?

Nissan is a JDM brand. The Nissan Motor Company Ltd is a Japanese multi-national car manufacturer that is headquartered in Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Japan. Nissan sells cars to most western automotive markets.

This allowed the 90&#;s market to be geared towards petrol heads with Japanese manufacturers prioritising their newly refined technologies and designs for JDM cars before considering the international market.

As these high performance masterpieces begun hitting the streets, little did they know that these cars would maintain a huge cult following across the world to the present day with ever-increasing prices and popularity.

If you are looking for a new car specifically to put your mark on it and tune it to your heart&#;s content, then check out our best tuner cars article.

With this game-changing history in mind, let us take you back to the glory days as we check out our best JDM cars of the Nineties!


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Mazda RX-7 FD

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  • Engine displacement: litre twin-turbo
  • Power output: bhp
  • Drivetrain configuration: RWD

The FD was the third generation of the legendary Mazda RX7, this stylish front-engine rear wheel drive sports car attracted a huge following due to its sleek design and powerful performance.

The RX-7 was noted for its lightweight construction and unique twin turbo-chargers. It was the first ever mass-produced sequential twin-turbocharger system to come from Japan. The compact rotary engine was housed behind the front axle, which gave the vehicle a 50/50 front and rear weight balance combined with a low centre of gravity.

The car accelerated from mph in seconds, achieving a top speed of mph. The twin rotors gave it a wealth of torque throughout the entire rev range. Its innovative construction made it easy to handle and a joy to drive.

The Mazda RX-7 became a key JDM car because the engine gave a financial benefit to its Japanese owners. As the engine size was below litres, this made the annual road tax more affordable whilst still offering more power than traditional inline engines.

In Britain, sales were initially slow but a price drop and word of mouth recommendations led to a surge in interest and the RX-7 became so popular that there were more parallel and grey market models brought into the country than Mazda UK had ever imported before.

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Honda NSX

  • Model year: -
  • Engine displacement: 3 litres
  • Power output: bhp
  • Drivetrain configuration: RWD

The first generation Honda NSX bucked the trend of low-budget JDM cars as it was designed to compete against Ferrari&#;s high performance models of the time and was marketed as the first “everyday supercar.”

This two seater mid-engine sports car was more reliable and exceeded the performance of its Italian rivals more expensive models despite its lower price.

Honda achieved this aim by using the powerful litre 24 valve VTEC V6 engine, which incorporated innovative variable valve timing. They also installed titanium connecting rods, which lowered the reciprocating weight and improved the vehicle&#;s strength.

This allowed an additional rpm, which brought the engine redline to rpm. The design of the car&#;s bodywork was based on the inside of the F fighter jet&#;s cockpit. It was intended to give degree visibility by moving the cabin forward and the long tail enhanced directional stability at high speed.

The vehicle accelerated from mph in seconds, with a top speed of mph.

The NSX was designed to showcase several of the Japanese manufacturer&#;s automotive technologies, with many taken from its Formula One motorsports division. Honda had significant developmental resources at its disposal and put them to good use with this model.

Japanese F1 driver Saturo Nakajima and the late Brazilian world champion Ayrton Senna put the vehicle through its paces at the Suzuka race circuit, performing endurance driving to test the chassis tuning.

The Japanese domestic market continued to set trends as the Honda NSX was the first production car to feature an all-aluminium semi-monocoque unit body, which included a revolutionary extruded aluminium alloy frame and suspension components.

Using aluminium instead of steel saved nearly kg in weight in the car&#;s body alone, while the aluminium suspension arms saved a further 20kg in weight. This lightweight construction made the NSX easy to handle and a pleasure to drive.

Other innovations included an anti-lock brake system and electric power steering. These features meant the Honda NSX was durable and offered great value for money and quickly became one of the most popular JDM cars. This in-turn forced Ferrari to up their game, making its cars more reliable and easier to maintain.


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Toyota Supra MKIV

  • Model year: -
  • Engine displacement: 3 litres
  • Power output: bhp
  • Drivetrain configuration: RWD

The fourth generation of the Toyota Supra was a major departure from its s counterpart. The previous boxy styling was replaced by a sophisticated curvaceous look and a large rear wing.

The car was redesigned to place a greater emphasis on performance and featured the legendary twin turbo-charged 2JZ engine. The twin turbos worked sequentially, boosting the engine and enhancing torque. The vehicle accelerated from mph in seconds, with a top speed of mph.

Toyota went to great lengths to reduce the weight of this new model. Aluminium was used extensively and other measures included hollow carpet fibres, a magnesium-alloy steering wheel, a plastic petrol tank and lid, gas-injected rear spoiler and a single pipe exhaust.

Despite having more features than its predecessor, such as dual airbags, traction control, larger brakes, wheels, tyres and additional turbo, it still weighed in at 91kg lighter. This made it heavier than the Mazda RX7 and the Honda NSX, but it was still featured fantastic handling.

The Toyota Supra is one of the most sought-after JDM cars in the aftermarket scene and had a big effect on the counterculture, featuring in video games such as Gran Turismo and Need For Speed and The Fast And The Furious films.


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Nissan Skyline GT-R

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  • Engine displacement: litres
  • Power output: bhp
  • Drivetrain configuration: AWD

The Nissan Skyline GT-R was initially produced between and as a touring car, with the later models known as the legendary “Kenmeri”. The model was revived in due to the brand&#;s desire to dominate motorsport.

Three generations of the vehicle were made and quickly became flagship Nissan performance cars.

The R32 model was designed to compete in Group A racing, the R33 updated the vehicle&#;s styling and the R34 lured enthusiasts partly because of its in-depth on-board analysis system and great looks. The vehicle showcased many advanced technologies such as the ATTESA E-TS all-wheel drive system and SUPER-HICAS four-wheel steering.

This product was the culmination of a decade&#;s worth of motor racing knowledge which cemented the model&#;s status at the forefront of JDM cars. The Nissan Skyline GT-R has become an iconic sports car, being named by Top Gear “as the only true Japanese contribution in the line of super cars” and by Jeremy Clarkson as “one of the best cars in the world.”

You can learn more about getting your hands on your own Skyline here: Why are Nissan Skylines illegal in the United States?


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Subaru Impreza WRX STI

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  • Engine displacement: 2 litres
  • Power output: bhp
  • Drivetrain configuration: AWD

The performance-orientated Subaru Impreza WRX STI was designed to compete in the World Rally Championship. (WRX stands for World Rally eXperimental). Innovative technology such as an all-wheel drive drivetrain, stiffened suspension and a turbo-charged engine made it a rallying legend.

The Subaru Tecnica International (STI) models were exclusive JDM cars and were not available outside Japan. They were upgraded from the standard WRX vehicle with performance-tuned engines, transmissions and suspensions.

The STI was very successful in rallies and popular with street racers. It even found fame on the big screen after featuring in Edgar Wright&#;s cult heist film Baby Driver.


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Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI

  • Model year:
  • Engine displacement: 2 litres
  • Power output: bhp
  • Drivetrain configuration: AWD

This sports sedan was the Subaru Impreza&#;s arch rival. It featured turbo-charged inline four-cylinder engines and a five-speed manual gearbox. The sixth generation was updated to improve cooling and engine durability.

It received new bodywork and the huge fog lights were reduced in size and moved to the corners for better airflow.

The Tommi Makinen edition was named after the Finnish racing legend, after he won four World Rallying Championships for Mitsubishi.

This version came with 17 inch Enkei white wheels, a faster-spooling titanium turbine, a lower ride height and quicker steering ratio.

All these improvements meant that the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution was now stronger and more impressive than ever.

These models quickly became significant JDM cars as they were originally limited to Japan, however, specific demand from grey import markets led to them being sold in the UK, Europe and USA.


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Honda DC2 Integra Type R

  • Model year: -
  • Engine displacement: litres
  • Power output: bhp
  • Drivetrain configuration: FWD

The Honda DC2 Integra Type R was introduced exclusively to the Japanese domestic market and is widely acclaimed as one of the best front-wheel drive cars ever created. The Type R variant had a standard PS engine and was equipped with a close ratio five-speed manual transmission and a helical limited-slip differential.

It was a significant upgrade from previous Integra models and boasted improved performance and handling.

The extensive changes included a strengthened chassis, reduced weight (this was achieved through using reduced sound insulation, a thinner windscreen and lighter wheels), more power, a hand-built engine, revised intake and exhaust systems and suspension upgrades. The VTEC technology allowed the engine redline to boast an impressive rpm.

The Type R was updated again in The main changes were a re-designed rear bumper, 16 inch wheels, bigger brakes and higher gear ratios. A further update in included a revised intake camshaft and more finely balanced drive shafts.

Honda lost money on every DC2 Integra Type R sold because of increased manufacturing costs due to its hand-finished production. The DC2 was critically acclaimed due to its legendary handling and high-revving engine and took its place amongst the best JDM cars of the Nineties.


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Nissan Silvia

  • Model year:
  • Engine displacement: 2 litres
  • Power output: bhp
  • Drivetrain configuration: RWD

It was an instant hit in Japan and won the nation&#;s Car of The Year Award in This two door sports coupe also made a huge impression on the drifting scene as owners modified it to compete in competitions or on the touge.

The first 90&#;s model was originally introduced as the Silvia S13, featuring the CA18 engine which was later updated with the SR20 which also featured in the later S14 and S15 models.

Owners had a choice of turbo-charged or naturally-aspirated litre engines for CA engines and 2 litre for SR&#;s. Consumers had the option of a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic gear ratio.

A six-speed manual was also added for the S A limited-slip differential was also available with some models, which offered drivers the ability to drift the car right out of the showroom. The Silvia is remembered as a low-slung sports car that helped to bring an incredible affordable chassis to the masses.

It is a now a firm favourite amongst fans of JDM cars from their Nineties heyday.

Check out the Kazama Auto built Nissan Silvia S15

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Japanese tuners have been pushing the envelope with the Silvia S15 for years, this Kazama Auto built Silvia is one of my favourites.


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Nissan ZX

  • Model year: &#;
  • Engine displacement: 3 litres
  • Power output: bhp
  • Drivetrain configuration: RWD

Nissan continued their emphasis on the Japanese domestic market with the ZX. They utilised the Cray-2 supercomputer and a form of CAD software, making it one of the first production cars to be designed using this tool. It was a whole new design, with a rounded body and fewer hard edges.

This second generation model retained the turbo-charged V6 engine of its predecessor but was more upmarket, being faster, larger, more capable, more advanced and much higher-priced. On the twin-turbo models, four-wheel steering was available under the name Super HICAS (High Capacity Actively Controlled Steering).

It was also offered without the turbo-charged engine and as a hard top, T-top or convertible, like many sports cars of the period. It accelerated from mph in just over 5 seconds, with a top speed of mph, making it one of the fastest Japanese sports cars of the s.

As well as impressive speed figures, due to its well-tuned chassis, sport-orientated suspension and active rear steering it was classed as an impressive all-rounder. It was a leading exponent of JDM cars and featured a number of trim variants that were not available on the international market.

These included the “Version R” with Recaro front seats, leather rear seats in the four seater and larger side skirts.


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Honda EK9 Civic Type R

  • Model year: -
  • Engine displacement: litres
  • Power output: bhp
  • Drivetrain configuration: FWD

This is the highest performance version of the Honda Civic and it was at the forefront of JDM cars because it was unavailable outside Japan. It is a three door hatchback with a lightened and stiffened body, specially tuned engine and upgraded brakes and chassis.

The model was designed on sporting lines with the interior featuring a wealth of red fittings and a stylish leather-wrapped steering wheel.

A red badge was used to accentuate this distinction and differentiate it from other Honda models. This emphasis on sporting success continued in , when the Motorsports edition was released. It featured steel wheels but no air conditioning, power windows, power steering or radio and the standard Type R interior.

Like its counterpart, the Integra Type R, the Civic was modified to fit Honda&#;s vision of a car capable of high performance on the racetrack. Other similarities between the two vehicles were the omission of sound-deadening and other weight-reduction measures, a hand-ported B16B engine, front helical limited-slip differential and a close-ratio five-speed manual gearbox.

These made the model more stable and reduced wheel spin while racing. The B16B engine generated one of the highest power outputs per litre of all time for a naturally-aspirated engine, with bhp. In a further innovation, for the first time a strategically seam-welded monocoque chassis was used to improve the car&#;s rigidity.

If you could tone down the paint and styling, a tuned civic could make for an excellent street sleeper.


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Nissan Pulsar GTI-R

  • Model year: -
  • Engine displacement: 2 litres
  • Power output: bhp
  • Drivetrain configuration: AWD

This fourth generation Pulsar shares many characteristics with the Nissan Skyline GT-R, such as its hardcore all-wheel drive and turbo-charged ethos. It is a triumph of substance over style &#; it&#;s certainly not the prettiest car out there!.

What it lacks in style, this small pocket-rocket makes up for in sheer power and driver enjoyment.
The Nissan Pulsar (its name refers to a pulsating star) built up an enthusiastic following in Japan.

Its cult status developed despite little promotion from the manufacturer. This unpretentious five seater hatchback was specifically produced to enter the World Rally Championship. It accelerates from mph in seconds, with a top speed of mph.


What future JDM legends are on the horizon?

These classic JDM cars are now being upgraded and modified by the next generation of petrol heads who get to enjoy it all over again.


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Toyota Supra (A90)

Meanwhile, as time advances, the brand new A90 Toyota Supra will be released next year, following its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

It is one of the most eagerly-anticipated performance car launches of and the Supra promises to be an uncompromising vehicle.

The model is rumoured to offer up to bhp and Nm of torque (and an additional 50Nm available with overboost) from a litre turbo-charged in-line straight six engine. It will sprint from mph in just seconds.

The dimensions are: m in length, m wide and m tall with a m wheelbase. The six cylinder version is said to weigh just under kg.

Toyota describe the Supra as a “pure sports car” and potential owners are likely to modify it to fit their own specifications. The provision of an automatic transmission or a manual gearbox is still under discussion.

Toyota&#;s new Gazoo Racing team will play a big role in the development of the new vehicle, with the Supra set to be entered into competition. Insiders claim that the new model will come in four variants: The basic Supra, Supra GR, Supra GR Sport and the Supra GRMN.


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Nissan Silvia (S16)

The long-awaited Nissan Silvia S16 has also been rumoured to be released in The model was discontinued in , so aficionados of JDM cars will undoubtedly rejoice should this day come to fruition!

It is expected to be a worthy successor to the Silvia lineage and cement the vehicle&#;s reputation for quality and drive-ability.

Nissan are expected to develop a bespoke platform for the S16, which will be relatively lightweight. The end result should keep with the ethos of being a lightweight rear-wheel-drive sports car with almost weight distribution.

The car is rumoured to be receiving a new generation litre turbo-charged in-line four cylinder engine, which should deliver in excess of bhp. You can read our complete Nissan Silvia S16 guide right here.


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Nissan GTR

The new generation Nissan GTR is a supercar that lives up to its name. It is fitted with a litre twin-turbo V6 engine and horsepower and torque have both increased from the previous model, now standing at bhp and Nm with a whopping top speed of mph.

The model features enhanced aerodynamics with greater downforce and improved body rigidity for more stability and better handling. This new Nissan GTR is on sale now. You might also want to check out our new Nissan Z guide.

Want more JDM cars?

Now that you&#;ve read our JDM cars primer, are you ready to start drifting? Then check out our best drift cars for beginners feature.

Do you own a JDM car from the nineties? If you do, chances are your headlights suck! Try our best headlight bulb guide to help modernise your cars night driving capabilities. Chipped windscreen? Check out this excellent windscreen repair guide.

Turbocharger Vs Supercharger &#; What&#;s best? Find out the answer in our turbocharger vs supercharger guide.

New to drifting? You&#;ll be wanting our Drifting guide.

If you&#;re a lover of 90s JDM cars, you need to check out our kei cars guide.

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25 Of The Nicest JDM Sports Cars You Can Buy For Under $10,

Japanese car manufacturers brought something new to the auto world – sports cars that were just as reliable as the regular family cars from the Land of the Rising Sun. There are plenty of budget-priced Japanese sports cars available for car enthusiasts who prefer to drive their cars rather than spend 80% of the time wrenching their vehicles.

While there are cheapish new sports cars, there are some real bargains to be had for those who are willing to spend some time scouring the web – and that's before even talking to the seller, at which point, it's often possible to knock off another couple of hundred bucks.

Need a hint as to what Japanese sports cars are available? Here are some of the nicest ones you can pick up for less than 10 grand today – and some of these have already started increasing in value.

25 Acura/Honda Integra

Just forget about the Integra Type R right away. The poster child for front-wheel-drive cars with exceptional handling is way too expensive for our 10K budget. The good news is that you can pick up a really clean version of the lesser models well within budget. You'll have enough left over to slap on some quality parts and actually create something to rival Honda's own efforts.

24 1st Gen. Toyota MR2

Launched in , the featherweight sports car subscribed to the simple and lightweight, back-to-basics principles we associate with Lotus today. Crash damage and/or rust issues are the main problems – the main concern with all Japanese sports cars of this era.

Take your time to find a good one and you’ll be treated to one of the greatest Japanese sports cars of all time.

23 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo

The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution line started out in the early nineties, but the first Evo offered in the U.S. was the VIII (). Just like its rival, the Subaru Impreza WRX, the Evo was a road car with rallying pedigree, featuring a turbocharged liter engine and 4wd.

Incredibly, these are cars available within our budget – as long as you don't mind high mileage.

22 Honda Del Sol

Based on the Honda Civic, the Del Sol was a true s sports car. It had compact liter and liter engines that sent their power to the front wheels. It had a targa top and a fancy electrically operated retractable rear window. It's an entertaining vehicle with precise handling, good braking, and enough power to attack corners on curvy roads. Aftermarket parts are plentiful due to its Civic heritage.

21 Toyota Supra

The 4th generation Supra is well out of budget – even the non-turbo cars. However, older Supras like the 3rd gen. cars can still be had for reasonable money. It's even possible to find turbo versions around the 10K mark.

The Supra offers Toyota reliability with supercar performance. They're great tourers in stock form, but if you want a reliable cruise missile, there are plenty of aftermarket solutions.

20 Mazda RX7

If you want the gorgeous third-generation twin-turbo RX-7, you'll probably have to triple the thousand dollar budget. However, you can get the first two generations for under $10, The rotary engine can be a tricky one to maintain, but you probably won't care once you get out on the open road and floor the throttle.

19 Datsun

For $10,, you can get an old Z in need of a lot of work or a surprisingly decent ZX. Both are great cars if old school, rear-wheel-drive performance cars sound like your idea of a good time. After all, the ZX was Motor Trend’s Import Car of the Year in

Once restored, just sit back and watch its value increase tremendously.

18 Mazda RX8

The RX-8's Wankel rotary engine does have some problems. Its oil thirst doesn't seem like such a big deal when compared to its need for frequent rebuilds, which is a shame because the hp liter really is an incredible power unit. The RX8 looks amazing, it's fantastic to drive and even vaguely practical – just make sure you find one in immaculate condition.

17 Nissan ZX

This is the right time to purchase one of these 90s icons. Unfortunately, 10 grand isn't enough to buy the horsepower turbo version. While the standard horsepower liter V6 doesn't provide neck-snapping performance, it offers plenty of backroad cruising fun.

The car handles like a dream and its swoopy interior offers plenty of space up front, making it a great grand tourer.

16 Nissan Z

Thundering performance and an addictive soundtrack make this an appealing driver’s car. It has a big front-mounted V6, rear-wheel-drive, and macho, beefed-up looks. Some versions suffer from too stiff of suspension. Also, correct tire choices are really important for the Z.

It’s worth shopping around for the best car that you can find. Double the normal prices are already being asked for mint condition ultra-low-mileage examples.

15 Nissan Z

In the Nissan Z got updated, and also changed its name to Z. The Z never found the same popularity that the Z enjoyed, but it's spent the last decade forging a reputation as a tough, dependable sports coupe. However, you will have to put up with a fuel economy of mpg that drops below 20mpg around town, and servicing it every 9, miles to keep it in good health.

14 Honda S

All Ss look similar, but Honda did make changes throughout the year production run, resulting in three distinct models – known as AP1, AP2, and CR. Cars available for $10K will mostly be AP1 versions. That's the most famous one, powered by an all-aluminum liter four-cylinder engine that revs to nine grand and produces horsepower at rpm.

In , the AP2-generation was released – it received a liter engine but still made hp.

13 Mitsubishi Eclipse

The Eclipse GS is the last year of the second generation, which is arguably the best-looking and best-driving generation of them all.

These cars can be picked up for next to nothing now, meaning you'll have plenty of money leftover to modify it. There's no shortage of parts available, seeing as the Mitsubishi Eclipse is one of the most popular Japanese cars to modify.

12 Mazda MX5 Miata

Not only is the MX5 Guinness Record-certified as the world's best-selling two-seat sports car, it's also a popular choice for racers.

Mazda claims that on any given weekend, more Miatas are racing than any other single type of car. Forget those who call it a hairdresser's car, the little Mazda is a cool toy with its rear-wheel drive, lively handling, rev-happy engines, and delightful manual gearboxes.

11 Subaru Impreza WRX

With so many used cars available and a slightly sketchy reputation, the WRX is now becoming a real steal. With its turbocharged 2-liter boxer engine, that wonderful Impreza chassis and four-wheel drive, it’s hard not to consider this one of the great performance car bargains of our time.

We found some models with the Premium Package within our $10K budget.

10 7th Gen. Toyota Celica

The model you'll really want is the GT-S, which has a wing, and, more importantly, the 2ZZ-GE engine, which revs to 8, rpm and produces hp. This is the same engine that Lotus used in the Series 2 Elise, albeit with different software.

In addition to the fantastic engine, the Celica has all the practicality of a hatchback. Another thing to keep in mind is the legendary Toyota reliability.

9 Nissan SX

The SX was criticized by some when the S14 arrived. The reason was that they found it too bland in the looks department, offering not enough visual drama to go with its sublime chassis. Speaking of the chassis, the SX loves nothing more than some extreme sideways action.

Buy now before the prices go up though, as the SX’s drift-machine reputation will make prices skyrocket.

8 Mitsubishi GT

In the beginning, the GT was sold as a rebadged Dodge Stealth. The GT sold well in the United States, but not well enough to keep up production. It had a DOHC V6 engine that produced horsepower, while the twin-turbo version had a horsepower engine.

The GT was very technologically advanced for its time, which can sometimes translate into trouble as the car gets older.

7 Honda CRX

It's easy to see why CRXs have seen an upswing in popularity in the last couple of years. The lightweight two-seater CRX Si aligned perfectly with the Honda engineering ethos: lightweight, compact, fun, efficient and reliable.

There are endless aftermarket performance upgrades available, so you can turn this baby into one serious pocket rocket capable of leaving much more powerful machinery in its dust on twisty mountain roads.

6 Acura RSX

The Acura RSX, also known as the Honda Integra DC5, is the fourth and last generation of the Honda Integra. Acura discontinued the RSX back in – perhaps one of the biggest mistakes the company has ever made.

The RSX Type-S version came with a liter four-cylinder VTEC engine producing horsepower, more than enough to provide some fun. As an added bonus, it's really practical too, as far as coupes go.

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