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Japanese Supercars Hardcover – December, 1992

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: World Pubns (December 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0792457307
  • ISBN-13: 978-0792457305
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 8.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,588,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There was a time when Japanese automakers wwere regarded as "up-starts" in America. They were regarded as capable manufacturers of bread-and-butter sedans, but did not make any full-size pickups, nor any sexy sports cars (Datsun was the lone exception). In 1992, the idea of Japanese supercars was being established by the cars in this volume, which are:

Acura NSX, Lexus SC400, Mitsubishi 3000 GT VR-4, Nissan 300ZX, Mazda MX-5 Miata, and the Mazda RX-7.

In their day (and even now, if one in good condition can be found) they were some of the fastest machines on the road, each with their own personalities, quirks, and sets of equipment. This book is more an in-depth account of extensively road-testing these cars than it is a history of the gestation and final production of each model (though some background is provided on each model before the actual driving experience is examined). Author Terry Jackson has clearly driven every model that he writes about, and his descriptions are engaging and thoughtful. Though not over-loaded with pictures, there are plenty of interiors and exteriors to provide a feel for vehicles' natural ambiance.

Japanese Supercars is more a snapshot of a moment in automotive history than a chronicle of history itself. Published in late 1992, it is replete with the optimism, hope, and wonder of what Japanese automakers might yet accomplish. In another ten years, change the title to "Vintage Japanese Supercars", and the value of the cars inside will hopefully re-emerge.
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I have one of the cars listed herein, a 1992 Lexus SC400 and it was nice to see it getting props. I haven't read all the other reviews but some and I can recommend any of them interests you.
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