It certainly is a question of longevity. If the Japs cars have always been
so much better than American cars, as some would have us believe, why are
there few if any Jap car left from 50 or evn 40 years ago? There are
plenty of American cars around and running, even many other foreign cars
sold in the US from around the world . The evidence says Jap cars are
apparently not as superior as the Jap car buyer would like us to believe.
because in 1950 or even 1960 Japan wasn't importing cars to the US in
any appreciable numbers because they were still rebuilding their
domestic infrastructure. Geez, you're a flaming dumbass sometimes.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not a big Japanese car fan, but to simply run
them down all the time is just ignorant. Japanese cars are and have
been a viable alternative to American cars (and sometimes a better one)
for the last 30 years; unless the American mfgrs. really start
competing, they're here to stay.
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What do you mean running them down? I simply asked a question, where are
the old Jap cars if they are so superior? I have been saying for a long
time that every manufacture is building good stuff today, both domestic and
import brands. The only real difference among them is style and price. One
need not pay a premium price to get a reliable vehicle today
You perception is not correct. There were as many or more Japanese cars
sold in the US in the sixties than there were cars from Europe, I owned a
I have owned many Japanese cars. Where I part company with the import
buyers, who love to come into domestic NGs and say there cars are all junk,
and have us believe Jap cars are superior to domestics, of the same class
and price range. From what I have seen in my years in the business is that
is more myth than fact.
Why else would Honda and Toyota buyers be posting in a GM NG, to say nice
You have got to be joking. Did you ever hear of the VW Beetle? They
had sold 5 million of those in the US by 1970. Add in sales of Fiat,
Peugeot, Renault, Volvo, MG, Triumph, Saab, BMW, Mercedes and it must
add up to 7+ million European cars sold in the US in the 1960s.
Datsun didn't reach 1 million total sales until 1973. Toyota might
have been a little ahead of them. Honda sold virtually no cars in the
US prior to 1973. I don't think any other Japanese manufacturer sold
any cars in the US prior to 1970 except for Malcolm Briklin selling a
bunch of $600 Subarus in 1969.
Looking at the 1960s, I would estimate that European cars outsold
Japanese in the US by at least 5 to 1, maybe 10 to 1. Of course, all
imports combined rarely cracked 10% of the total market in that
Face it, Mike. All this talk about museum pieces is just a duck,
dodge and hide maneuver to avoid talking about the fact that Toyota
outsold Ford in July. Better get used to it. With Prudhoe Bay shut
down, those Explorers and Expeditions are looking mighty stupid.
Imports of Japanese cars into the US prior to 1970 were almost zero.
Not that many were being sold domestically either. And it does
nothing to do with longevity. Do you thing that Ming vases are more
durable than Mikasa china because there are more Ming vases in
I don't see many 40 or 50 year old cars from any manufacturer doing
daily duty. the only ones are the collectibles brought out on fair
Sundays and getting driven to the tune of a few hundred miles a year,
at most. This has nothing to do with longevity.
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