Mark I Nissan 200SX models. Photos courtesy Japanese Classic Car Show.
The 1980s and 1990s were a time of transition for Japanese automakers, who began attracting a new generation of buyers with sports cars that offered a blend of increasing performance, ongoing reliability and impressive value. Too new to be considered classics, these cars exist in the realm between daily driver and collectible, but this October, “Street Neo Classics,” a 1980s and ‘90s Japanese car show coming to the Toyota USA Automobile Museum in Torrence, California, looks to celebrate a genre of cars described as “up and coming.”
A Z31 Nissan 300ZX.
Catering to the “in-between generation” of Japanese sports cars built or designed from 1986 through 1999, the show is open to a variety of automobiles, including Z31 and Z32 Nissan 300ZX models; Toyota Corolla AE86 models (built from 1984-’86); FD (third generation) Mazda RX-7 models; A70 and A80 Toyota Supras; W10 and W20 Toyota MR2s; first and second generation Mazda Miatas; Honda CRX and second-generation or later Prelude models and any other such Japanese-manufactured models (including the Mitsubishi Eclipse models built by Diamond Star Motors). On a space-available basis, the show will also be open to Japanese sports cars built between 1965 and 1985.
Stock, modified and full-on race cars are eligible for display, though trailered cars need to make arrangements for delivery in advance. To ensure that the first annual event isn’t also the last, the rules page specifically prohibits engine starts, burnouts, squealing of tires, loud music and speeds over 5 MPH in show areas. Pets are also prohibited, as are alcoholic beverages.
An AE86 Toyota Corolla.
The Street Neo Classic show is scheduled to take place on Sunday, October 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and registrations must be submitted in advance. The Toyota USA Automobile Museum will also be open during the show, giving attendees the opportunity to tour a facility normally open by appointment only. For more information, visit JapaneseClassicCarShow.com.