Words by Tim Wong
On the first Friday of every month, there is a gathering of Japanese classic cars in Torrance. Just last week, I found out about it the day of and decided it would be a pretty cool meet the check out and it’s not too far from me. The turn out was relatively decent and was not completely exclusive to just classic cars.
A pair of Nissan S12s. I really love the older Japanese cars because of the simplicity of the design and the rawness of its pure functionality. Back then, they didn’t have fancy electronics that stand between the driver and the car, just pure mechanical components working.
Before the Nissan S12, there was the Datsun S110 also known as the 200SX. Personally, I like the name it was sold under in Mexico: the Datsun Sakura. This is an iconic car in 1980’s when a modified version of it was used as Nissan’s official rally car in the World Rally Championship and the New Zealand Rally.
Datsun 510 Wagon
Mitsubishi Starion was no doubt one of the most iconic cars of the Japanese car industry due to it being used in many motor sporting events such as British Open Rally Championship, All Japan Touring Car Championship, Silverstone Finale, and many more events around the world.
A silver Datsun 240Z that can’t help but bring to mind Eleanor from Gone in 60 Seconds. The silver paint, the billet front grill, and the little fog lights are so similar.
Toyota Celica Supra in rather good condition. Everything looks like it is original.
Simple and nice looking Toyota Corolla Levin.
Toyota Corolla Te72
Couple of AE86s of course.
Mazda RX-7 FC and FD
A couple of newer Mazdas there as well like this Mazdaspeed 3 and Mazda 5.
Lastly, a Mazda MX-5. That’s it from this small local meet, but I may return next month as it was a pretty interesting gathering of rarer cars.