Part 5 of my special Japanese Carventure classic car event coverage

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First up, we have a Nissan Bluebird 810 "NAPS Z 1800 SSS".

While this car was sold in many names overseas, in Japan, it was simply called the Bluebird. The "NAPS Z" badge on the back meant the Bluebird also featured emission control systems as well as the lighter, and more efficient Z engine.

Not too surprising, since this car was introduced in the midst of the oil crisis.

Despite the lack of a market for a large engine, heavy saloon, Nissan still sold the Bluebird with the larger six cylinder, although I would think those did not sell too well.

Next up, we have a much more iconic car, the A60 Toyota Celica Supra, or as it is called in the Land of the Rising Sun, the Celica XX.

This Celica XX actually belongs to a friend of a friend, and boy does it look amazing.

Introduced in 1981, the A60 XX featured a larger engine and redesigned headlights, differing it from the base Celica.

With a larger inline 6 engine producing 160bhp, the Celica XX was a powerhouse in the 1980's and was able to reach 60 in 8.4 seconds.

The A60 was the last rear wheel drive Celica, and in other markets, the last Celica based Supra. Definitely going to rise in value. After the Celica, we have the Nissan Leopard.

A JDM powerhouse by Nissan to rival the Toyota Soarer, this was a V6 Jet Turbo Leopard, and featured a monstrous VG30DET engine producing 255bhp.

I absolutely love these old boxy GT sports cars that Japanese companies used to push out in the 90's. Although I prefer the same era Soarer, the relative rarity of the Leopard still makes it quite attractive to me.

Which would you choose? Soarer or Leopard?

Next, we have another Bluebird, a U12 SSS-R sports model. The owner is a nice old lady that I see around town a lot. Even cooler is that her husband owns an original Prince Skyline 2000GT (which I got to sit in)(visit link below)

A limited production version of the U12 Bluebird, the SSS-R was an absolute beast of a sleeper car. Producing 205bhp from its SR20DET engine, the SSS-R was able to go toe to toe with the legendary 190E 2.5 and the iconic Ford Sierra Cosworth.

Also, it has badass rally lights. When I first saw this exact car on the street, I knew it was different. Its rather toned down look (aside from the gigantic lights) makes it a perfect sleeper.

Lot's of Datsuns today. Here we have a Nissan Sunny "California". The B310 Sunny fastback wagons were lovingly dubbed the Nissan Sunny California and the name just stuck.

When I first saw one in California, I did not believe that "California" was its official name.

These are quite lovely little wagons and they are indeed very popular in California.

Here is another Sunny California for good measure.

Now, we get to my favorite car out of today's list. Although I am not quite sure what it is. If anyone has any ideas, please tell me.

I like how it looks like a baby Kenmeri, and it just looks badass. I thought it was a Nissan Violet (Datsun B710), but after looking at pictures, I do not think it was a Violet.

As I write, it is increasingly bugging me that I do not know what this car is. Please help.

Which car was your favorite? Comment your thoughts down below and as always, thank you for reading.

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Comments (3)

  • The last one is 1972-1977 second-gen Mazda Luce Rotary Coupe,sold as RX-4 in United States.

      2 years ago
    • Thanks mate. I guess I have spotted another Luce haha

        2 years ago
  • Also sold as a 929 Hardtop. I used to own a 1976 929 wagon, wish I still had it

      2 years ago