This was both wonderful and a curse, since it meant that from November to December, I didn’t get any work done and spent the days emailing pics back and forth with my friends, discussing the merits of each car…basically about 20 of my friends didn’t get any work done either!
Now let me tell you something about this stage of the process…ALL look great.
Initially, I was quite flexible about buying a 2dr or a 4dr, my main aim was to buy the best-condition car possible, irrespective of the number of doors.
What then happened was quite wonderful…everyday, my email inbox would be filled with new Hakosuka candidates, as J-Spec searched available dealer stocks in Japan and sent the details and pictures to me.
But when you look at the detail, it is simply not of a standard that would satisfy most car guys in the west.
Like I said, it’s not a matter of dishonesty (and I certainly am not trying to be judgmental), it’s merely a difference in focus.
As western car guys, we tend to assume that if something looks right, it is right, but that turned out to be a very dangerous attitude to have when it came to shopping for JDM classics.
One rather shocking learning from this whole experience is that when it comes to buying classic JDM, you should be extremely careful.
Our Word of the Year choice serves as a symbol of each year’s most meaningful events and lookup trends.
It is an opportunity for us to reflect on the language and ideas that represented each year.
It was almost three months ago that I decided to take the plunge and buy a JDM classic.
I’d owned JDM imports before (there are plenty of second hand imported JDM cars in Australia) but nothing this old.
And the reason for this is a difference in focus between western car enthusiasts and JDM car guys.