Prices for Japanese ‘youngtimer’ classics from the 1980s, ’90s and early ’00s are rising fast, fuelled by demand from a new generation of buyers.
Enthusiasts who grew up playing the Gran Turismo games on Sony’s Playstation and watching films such as The Fast and the Furious have a very different set of four-wheel heroes to traditional, older classic car fans.
Here are 10 Japanese classics to buy before prices really rocket.
1. Toyota Supra
The fourth-generation A80 Supra’s pace – and that huge optional rear spoiler – meant it was already famous before its starring role in 2001’s The Fast and the Furious film.
Immensely strong 2JZ engines deliver over 300bhp in European trim and are capable of double that when tuned, so finding an unmolested car isn’t always easy. Neither is finding an affordable one, as the best are now worth more than £30k.
“Everyone wants a manual transmission turbo model, and that demand means prices are high,” says Tristan Longden of Japanese import specialist Torque-GT.
“But the automatics and naturally aspirated versions are still great cars and can be £15k cheaper.”