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The 
Automotive Side of Japan

Oh Japan. Our modern car industry would be a mere shell of what it is today without the contributions of 日本. The world's most popular makes like Toyota, Nissan, Mazda, and Honda all originated from the Land of the Rising Sun. Despite the relative youth of Japan's automotive industry, it quickly rose to compete with North American marques in the 1960s and completely dominated the market by the 1990s.

Come explore the evolution of Japan's cars, ranging from a 1967 Toyota S800 to the legendary 1990 Nissan Skyline GT-R (R32). If you've ever wanted to live out your Gran Turismo dreams, there's no better place to do it than at the California Automobile Museum and no better time than now.

The Cars

  • 1967 Toyota S800 (This car is owned and exhibited by Matthew Spielberg)

  • 1970 Subaru 360 (This car is owned and exhibited by Scott Mikkelson and Todd Darling)

  • 1972 Datsun 240Z (This car is owned and exhibited by Duwayne Brooks)

  • 1979 Toyota Cressida (This car is owned and exhibited by the California Automobile Museum)

  • 1983 Isuzu Impulse (This car is owned and exhibited by the California Automobile Museum but was donated by Louis Dana)

  • 1987 Toyota MR2 (This car is owned and exhibited by Tom & John Tyer)

  • 1988 Acura Integra (This car is owned and exhibited by Betti Macri)

  • 1990 Nissan Skyline GT-R R32 (This car is owned and exhibited by Miles Spielberg)

  • 1990 Lexus LS400 (This car is owned and exhibited by Peachee William Steen)

  • 1990 Mazda Miata SM Race Car (This car is owned and exhibited by Glenn Stasky)

  • 1990 Mazda Miata Stock (This car is owned and exhibited by Tom & Janet Tyer)

  • 1994 Acura NSX (This car is owned and exhibited by Steve Koonce)

  • 1996 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR-4 (This car is owned and exhibited by Scott Mikkelson and Todd Darling)

  • 1996 Subaru SVX (This car is owned and exhibited by Richard Chen)

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