Old Japanese cars, also called nostalgic cars, include makes and models such as the Toyota Corolla SR5, Datsun 240Z, Toyota 2000 GT, Datsun 510, Mazda Cosmo 110S, Toyota Celica, Mazda RX-7 and Toyota Corolla. According to the Motoring Enthusiast Journal website, any Japanese car made during the 60s and 70s can be considered nostalgic.
The Motoring Enthusiast Journal website states that the Toyota 2000 GT is noteworthy because it is considered to be the first super car made in Japan. It was also the first Japanese auto to feature four-wheel disc brakes. According to the site, the 2000 GT can be credited with making Toyota a household name.
Among popular nostalgic sports coupes, the Motoring Enthusiast Journal website says that the Datsun 240Z tops the list. Like the 2000 GT, the car enhanced the image of its manufacturer and called attention to other Japanese lines. Datsun proved that its world-class vehicle could complete with such cars as the Corvette, Porsche or Jaguar but at a lower price. The car, which was manufactured from 1970 to 1973, features an overhead-cam engine that produces 150 horsepower.
The Toyota Celica, which was made from 1970 to 1977, can be compared to older versions of the Ford Mustang. The sporty car came in a liftback model and a coupe style.
The CarScoops site says that Japanese cars are gaining a strong following among classic car enthusiasts in the U.S. The site adds that affordability is one of the main reasons collectors are drawn to the vintage Japanese car market.