Hello gearhead, this is Greg Stanley and welcome to Auto Sausage where we grind together automotive awesomeness. Today, I’m going to give an overview of what JDM cars and why you should care. But before we start, I want to give an update on the Auction Guessing Game. Game #7 is live now but you have to get your guesses in by 11:59PM tonight to win over $200 of prizes. The next Guessing game is for the Mecum Harrisburg Auction that goes from 7/31 to 8/3. The Guessing Window will open on 7/17 and close on 7/30. Check www.autosausage.com or a future podcast for an overview of the five cars I pick and the prizes…I’m working on some cool stuff.
A quick reminder on how does the Guessing Game works. I pick five cool cars from an upcoming auction. You enter what you think they will sell for on the Auto Auction tab at www.AutoSausage.com. You will have to enter your email address but I will not spam you! If a car doesn’t sell, I will use the highest bid that is realized and published by the auction house. Whoever has the lowest total difference from the total price for all five cars wins!
So what are JDM cars and why should you care? JDM stands for Japanese Domestic Market and identifies the cars that were produced in Japan and never sold in the United States. These cars conform to Japanese regulations and the tastes of Japanese buyers. Since they drive on the left over there, these are right hand drive cars for the most part. In the US, JDM cars were only available on the grey market until recently. Once a car hits the 25 year old mark, they can be imported much easier and not have to comply with crash and emission regulations. As more cars hit this mark, more will come to the US and continue to rise in value. JDM cars are not a big deal until you realize how awesome these cars were and we can now get most of them! Pre-1995.
JDM cars are classified two ways. There are either a White Plate or a Yellow Plate Car. White Plate Cars are usually bigger, which is a regular size by US standards, more expensive and nicer than Yellow Plate Cars. Yellow Plate Cars are usually smaller, narrower for Japanese street and cost less. Think of your service vehicles or daily transport cars. The White Plate Cars are more expensive to operate than the Yellow Plate Cars in every area.
Why should you care that you can now import a JDM car?
Which JDM cars are in demand and why?
The Toyota Corolla AE86 started the JDM trend. Light weight, rear-engined, manual shift, easy to work on…they got a following quickly. The Nissan Skyline GTR, Godzilla, became a legend on the video game Forza in the 1990s. Teenagers wanted it then and today can afford them. JDM cars are becoming mainstream. My favorite magazine, SCM, has a “Rising Sun” article every month highlighting recent auction sales and I saw five JDM cars at the Dayton Cars & Coffee last weekend.
There is a great article on JDM Auction Watch titled The 10 Best JDM Cars You Can Buy Right Now. Ironically, the folks at Cars Knowledge pick the same exact Top 10 for their list. Drifted also posted a list of their best JDM cars from the nineties that matched as well but they added a few cars…the Nissan 300ZX (1989 – 2000) and the Honda NSX (1990 – 2005)…known in the US as the Acura NSX. Generally, the Top 10 JDM cars are…
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Auto Sausage is an automotive podcast where Greg Stanley reviews recent auto auction trends, provides updates on who is leading the Auto Auction Guessing Game and talks about cool car places he visits while traveling across the US. Greg reviews antique cars, classic cars, muscle cars, exotic cars, hyper cars, JDM cars, Porsches, vintage SUVs and anything else with four wheels and that makes noise. If you like the Smoking Tire, Spike’s Car Radio or Car Cast, this is for you! This automotive podcast is available on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play and wherever podcasts are found.
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