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Back in the late 1960's and early 1970's, when the first Japanese cars started coming to the U.S., no one thought to much of it. Except they were small, different, and probably under powered for the time.

Of course, when the 1973 gas embargo happened, everything changed. Suddenly, small cars, with smaller engines, were sought after by millions of Americans. My own mother traded in her Impala and bought a new Mazda RX3 Wagon. Just 3 years earlier, our neighbor across the street had bought a brand new 1970 Datsun 240z (in a silver color, though I would say that was more of a sports car purchase than out of necessity).

That was the foot in the door that the Japanese automakers needed, and suddenly they were almost everywhere. Especially the small pickups, like the Nissan D21s or the Toyota Hilux.

As time went by, most of these cars were traded in and ended up in junkyards. But today, things have changed, very much so.

The collector cars market has embraced the older, small, compact Japanese cars from Asia. Sure, most don't have comforts, like power steering, or air conditioning, but their body designs are timeless. And now, classic.

Toyota Corollas, Datsun 510's and 710s. Mazda RX3's. The '78 to '85 Mazda RX7s. Datsun 240 and 280Z cars. Now they are looked upon as cars folks remember them, they and want to own and upgrade them.

At the same time, the Japanese car companies continued development on new types of cars. Nissan created a new GT-R, based on a long history of Skylines from Japan. Now they had a super car on their hands.

Toyota started their TRD (Toyota Racing Development) programs. Honda's have their V-Tec engines. The world was exploding with reliable, but fast machines based on a long heritage of Japanese car models.

Now you can build model kits of a lot of these cars, from the classic older models to the latest Lexus LFA and Subaru BRZ.

Companies such as Tamiya, Hasegawa, Fujimi, and others, keep making new kits of our favorites. In the past, most of the kits were curbside models, but not anymore. Now you can get them with full engine bays and engines, extra wings and hop up parts, and even photoetch.

If you've been wanting to build a classic kit, or just want to explorer some Japanese culture, building one of these model kits can be a lot of fun, and will give you a new model building experience.

But you might also be building a car you grew up with, or remember a neighbor owning.

Nissan, Mazda, Toyota, Honda, Lexus, and many more great Asian model sports cars. From model manufacturers such as Tamiya, Fujimi, Hasegawa, Revell, Doyusha, and others.

tamiya gr supra model car

Toyota GR Supra

tamiya 300zx model

Nissan 300ZX Turbo Fairlady with V6 Engine

tamiya skyline gtr model

Nissan Skyline GTR with Twin Turbo Engine

hasegawa colt gto model car

Mitsubishi Colt Galant GTO

revell datsun 4x4 truck model

Datsun Offroad Pickup Truck 4x4

tamiya mazda roadster rf model car

Mazda Roadster RF

amt subaru brat 4x4 model car

Subaru Brat 4x4

amt nissan 280zx model car

Datsun 280ZX Turbo

amt toyota pickup 4x4 model

Toyota Pickup Truck 4x4

tamiya gtr nismo model

Nissan GTR R32 Skyline NISSMO Custom

amt toyota pickup 4x4 model

Mazda Eunos Roadster (MX5 / Miata)

amt toyota pickup 4x4 model

Toyota Pickup Truck 4x4

mpc datsun pickup 4x4 model

Datsun Pickup Truck

tamiya 350z model

Nissan Fairlady 350Z Track

tamiya nissan gtr model

Nissan R34 GTR Z-TUNE

tamiya skyline gtr model

Nissan GTR Skyline V-Spec

tamiya gto model

Mitsubishi GTO Twin Turbo

fujimi nsx r model

Toyota Celica 1600GT

tamiya gto model

Nissan Skyline GTR V-Spec II

tamiya nsx model

Honda / Acura NSX with V6 Engine

tamiya supra model

Toyota Supra

tamiya wrx model

Subaru Impreza WRX Sti

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tamiya rx7 efini model

Mazda RX7 Efini

tamiya nsx  model

Acura NSX

tamiya lancer  model

Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VI

hasegawa levin gt apex  model

Toyota Corolla Levin GT Apex

tamiya brz model

Subaru BRZ

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Toyota Supra 3.0 GT

 

tamiya 370z model

Nissan 370Z Heritage Edition

hasegawa police cosmo model

Mazda Cosmo Sport Police

hasegawa police cosmo model

Nissan Fairlady Z432R

tamiya mazda mx5 model

Mazda MX5 Miata Roadster

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hasegawa datsun 240z model

Datsun 240Z

hasegawa suzuki jimny model

Suzuki Jimny

tamiya honda s600 model

Honda S600

tamiya skyline 2000 model

Nissan Skyline 2000 GTR Hard Top

hasegawa totots 2000gt model

Toyota 2000GT

hasegawa totots 2000gt model

Hyundai Santa Fe

tamiya rx7 cabriolet model

Mazda RX7 Savanna Cabriolet

fujimi lancr evo iii model

Mitsubishi Lancer EVO III

fujimi nissan skyline gtr model

Nissan R32 Skyline GTR

hasegawa nissan sunny model

Nissan Sunny Pickup Truck

tamiya brz street custom model

Subaru BRZ Street Custom

fujimi fab estima model

Fabulous Estima

fujimi mugan integra model

Mugen Integra Type R

fujimi lexus model

Lexus HS250h

fujimi landcruiser model

Toyota Landcruiser

fujimi nismo gt model

Nissan Skyline NISMO GT

fujimi ls600 model

Lexus LS 600hl

fujimi fairlady model

Nissan Fairlady

nissan fujimi 432 model

Nissan Fairlady Z 432R

fujimi legacy wagon model

Subaru Legacy Touring Wagon GT-B E-Tune II

fujimi suzuki wagon model

Suzuki Wagonr Rr Suzuki Sport

fujimi suzuki wagon model

Honda NSX R

fujimi nissan gtr model

Nissan GTR R35

hasegawa 2000gt model

Toyota 2000GT with Figure

hasegawa 2000gt model

Nissan Skyline GTS R31

hasegawa 2000gt model

Nismo R33 Skyline GT-R

fujimi 300zx model

Fairlady Z 2 Seater Version S Z32

tamiya rx7 savanna model

Mazda Savanna RX7

fujimi ken mary model

Ken & Mary Nissan Skyline

 

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