JAPANESE CARVENTURE SPECIAL: CLASSIC HEAVEN! SAKURA FARM OLD CAR FESTIVAL PT.4
Part four of my Sakura Nouen Old Car Festival coverage
To continue from the Old Car Festival, we stray away from the Skylines and towards the rest of the cars there. First we have a Datsun 2000 Fairlady Sport.
One of my favorite classic Datsuns, this was the original Fairlady and is one of the coolest classic Japanese sportscars of all time.
The third generation of the original Fairlady Sports, the 2000 featured a five speed transmission and an upgraded engine producing 135bhp, making it quite a fast car back in the 60's
It also has a very distinct look, separating it from other cars of the era.
Next, we have a Nissan Cedric Special Six.
A second generation Cedric Special Six, this particular Cedric featured the same engine as the Skyline 2000 GT and was quite a capable sedan, with 130bhp produced from its L20 engine.
This was also when the Cedric went from being a small sized sedan to a full sized sedan due to its larger engine displacement placing it in a higher bracket under Japanese regulations.
Sister cars with the Nissan Laurel, the Cedric would eventually become one of the most popular sedans in Japan for tuners, and gangsters.
Now, we have a rather interestingly colored Hakosuka Skyline GT. Most people probably only see these in the iconic silver, but red is quite a nice color on this car. It would appear, this Hako might be packing some crazy power, from its extra air intake in lieu of the left headlight.
Most likely to be a 2000GT-X, these four door pre-facelifted Hakosukas are quite rare and are getting incredibly expensive, especially with Japanese old car taxes.
Looking at the Hakosuka from the side, one can clearly see how they came up with the nickname, Hakosuka (which means box Skyline). I cannot believe I forgot to include this in the Skyline edition of my coverage.
Next, we have another classic Nissan, the Cherry X-1R
Here we have a first generation Nissan Cherry X-1R. Producing 80bhp from its 4 stroke engine, the X-1R was able to reach 60 in just 10.8 seconds, making it quite a capable little car in 1974.
Nicknamed the baby Kenmeri (Although I think the Datsun 710 is more similar), the X-1R is quite a popular little hot hatch. Produced during the oil crisis, the X-1R is quite rare and should fetch a fancy penny, with one selling at auction for about $24,000 making it quite a value keeper.
The way its rear slopes down does remind me a bit of the Kenmeri, but for me, calling it the baby Kenmeri is a bit of a stretch.
Regardless, the Cherry has a cute name and a cute shape, making it one of my favorites at the show.
Next is a sixth generation Y30 Nissan Cedric.
Aimed at the luxury saloon market dominated by German brands such as BMW and Mercedes, the Cedric was quite capable, with a top speed of 120mph.
Similar to the customer base of many S-class Mercedes in the 90's the Cedric was also a popular car amongst gangsters and organized crime.
In Japan, cars saloons such as the Cedric were incredibly popular amongst Bosozoku gangsters and low level Yakuza agents giving these cars a notorious impression.
Nowadays, many people are buying these cars for the nostalgia of Bosozoku culture of years past.
And with the Cedric, I end this week's installment. Sorry for the short length of this week's issue, but I have been quite busy at work and I am tired. Hopefully next week could be longer!
Which car was your favorite? Comment your thoughts down below, and as always, thank you for reading