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Japan Rising: The New Classics

By Jarah Weinreich

The National Automobile Museum of Tasmania's latest display is an unprecedented celebration of Japanese classics. Titled Japan Rising: The New Classics, it is a celebration of a rapidly emerging classic class.

In 1958, Australia received its first Japanese import, a Datsun. The late-fifties motorist, in his FE Holden, could never have anticipated the phenomenon that this preceded. Japan was gearing up to change the automotive landscape forever.

Our display showcases some truly rare and iconic Japanese machinery, including examples of Mazda's groundbreaking rotary-engined cars, two Nissan Skylines, a 1972 GTX and 1993 R32 GTR, and an array of other treasures, including a rare Pit Crew Racing Mazda MX-5, and a Honda NSX. The car that started the drifting phenomenon, the Toyota Sprinter, is also displayed.

Japan's contributions to the motorcycle industry are also celebrated with a range of two-wheeled classics, including the legendary Honda CB750, often called the 'first superbike'.

This latest display is an exciting foray into the emerging world of Japanese classics, cars and motorcycles that inspire as much passion from their devotees as the traditional stalwarts of the classic car movement. This is the first Japanese display hosted by the National Automobile Museum of Tasmania, and promises to be a new and unique experience for all.