For many years old Japanese automobiles were not very valuable (with very few exceptions). Part of the issue is many early imports were not built as well as more recent vehicles.
The Fast and Furious movies changed all of that perception in 2001. Values of many Japanese performance cars have begun to raise in value, making them cars to look into as investments.
The folks over at ClassicCars.com have put together some data on future classic Japanese performance cars to watch.
In 1993 the Mazda RX-7 started at about $33,000. Prices have risen since then and good examples are now being sold for $59,000.
“A 1993 Mazda RX-7 is a serious up-and-coming collectible,” said ClassicCars.com’s East Coast Editor and Analyst Andy Reid.
The Toyota Supra can send shivers down your spine. In 1995 a Toyota Supra cost just south of $50,000 (a fairly large sum for the time). A decent example now costs about $70,000.
“The Supras commanding the highest asking amount are completely stock and low mileage, meaning they probably haven’t taken part in many street races,” said Reid. “Owners mistakenly believe that because they’ve added $50,000 in modifications to a Supra, it is ultimately worth $100,000. Higher yields only happen when modifications are done properly.”
1994 Acura Integra GS-R
In 1994 the Acura Integra GS-R cost about $20,000. Prices have fallen down to about $15,000, but appear to have flattened.
“A stock ’94 Integra or an Integra GS-R can still be had at an affordable price,” explains Reid.
1997 Nissan 240SX
A 1997 Nissan 240SX originally cost about $22,000. Prices of the 240SX have not held up as well as some other Japanese performance cars and you can now buy one for just a few thousand dollars. The 240SX is the biggest gamble on this list, but with how low the price is you can take a chance on one going up in value without much financial risk.
“A 1997 Nissan 240SX can also be a good entry car,” Reid says. “These can still be bought cheap, with stock versions being extremely rare as most of the original S13 and S14 models have been either modified for drifting or tuned to look more like performance cars from the film or according to trends seen in the Japanese and California import scene.”
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