Ja­panese car val­ues ris­ing

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News -

Ja­panese clas­sics from the 1970s and 1980s are fi­nally ris­ing af­ter years in the dol­drums, ac­cord­ing to in­dus­try ex­perts.

While per­for­mance cars such as the Mazda RX-7 MkIII and spe­cial edi­tion Subaru Im­prezas have al­ways achieved good prices at auc­tion, ear­lier Ja­panese mod­els have now seen sub­stan­tial rises. Toy­ota Cel­ica MkI val­ues, for ex­am­ple, have rock­eted.

‘Good Cel­ica MkIs are now fetch­ing up to £20,000 whereas two years you’d be look­ing at about £5000-6000. It’s the same story with a lot of 1970s and 1980s Ja­panese cars,’ says Mal­colm Gra­hamJones of the Toy­ota En­thu­si­asts’ Club.

CCW con­trib­u­tor and mar­ket ex­pert Russ Smith says a fac­tor be­hind this trend is the Playsta­tion gen­er­a­tion. ‘They’ve grown up play­ing with th­ese cars on Gran Turismo and are now in a po­si­tion to af­ford the real thing,’ he says.

Clas­sics Cen­tral man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Justin Lazic adds: ‘It’s a lot to do with how the mar­ket per­ceives them – for years they’ve been seen as cheaper coun­ter­parts to the

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