There are many degrees of JDM-ness, but we think it can be classified into four main categories. If we were to list them in order from most JDM to least, something very JDM like a Skyline GT-R that has absolutely no US equivalent would be a JDM4. Next up, a JDM3 would be a car that has the same body but a powertrain that is not offered in America, like a GC WRX STi. A JDM2 car would have unique options or colors that were only available on Japanese variants, like an AE86 Black Limited. And finally a JDM1 car would be a car that has minimal differences from its US counterpart, stuff like lights, folding mirrors, and the steering wheel on the other side. We’ve seen quite a few JDM1 cars here in the US, and it’s always made us wonder what made someone to go through the trouble.
Would you import a JDM car that you could get in America?
The most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “What will my 3-year-old’s first car be?“.
This was a very personal question and I genuinely appreciated all the answers. For what it’s worth, I see many friends with kids of driving age getting Miatas as their first car, and perhaps by 2035 a used ND might make a good choice. My first choice, though, is that he wants to inherit the AE86.
On the other hand, many answers took into account the looming changes in the industry. daniel suggested I start converting the Hachiroku to run on hydrogen as Akio Toyoda suggested. In the same vein, f31roger proposed an EV conversion. Jonathan P. was more bleak, downgrading him to a Nissan Leaf. Hopefully there will be more sporty EV alternatives by then. Taylor C. made a good point – that even if he inherits the AE86 he probably won’t daily it anyway, and an easily maintainable car is paramount.
Art, facing the same situation with his daughter, plans to buy a car that he can repaint pink and purple per her request. speedie points out that by 2035 the 25-year-rule will apply to a number of interesting cars and there will be no shortage of good candidates. Bryan Kitsune pitched a very good one from that era, the ZZT231 Celica. Jim Klein recommended that right of passage for so many car aficionados, the Cozy Coupe.
All of these comments were peppered with excellent advice, but the winner this week was Jim Daniels, who gave a really thought-provoking answer that I will continue to refer to for a long time:
Ben, I know it is not unusual for my input to be different. This will be no different. My input will be from a father with off spring that already are driving and a father who had kids later in life. First, all cars are not created equal just as all people are not created equal. People come in all sorts of sizes, strengths, mentalities, intellect and so on. There are today and will be ill handling un interesting boats built in the future and few if any 16 year olds will be interested in them.
An AE86 is a true modern sports car with good looks and handling. Possibly the equivalent of lets say a Datsun 240Z of 50 years ago. The first gen Z are archaic compared to a modern car. However people still like them for many reasons. I will assume it will be the same for the AE86.
Now for the true parental advice and this is more important than what he will be driving. This information is how to keep your son interested in classic cars and enjoy driving them. Never force you child to do what dad in interested in. Allow your child to participate with you at his level and try to meet him at that level. Can be as simple as stacking washers in order. Do not have a plan to accomplish a project in a time frame the time spent with your child is more important than accomplishing the project. Your child will want to be with you and try to be involved in your passions. Do not give him projects he can not be successful with. You want positive experiences with Dad and cars. Do not make him spend hours out in the sun at car shows. He will be board. Allow him to play away from peoples cars at a child’s level.
Keep the Hot Wheels coming. Keep him away from electronic wizardry cell phones and all until he actually needs The constant stimulation and vivid lighting is to much for the developing child. Take short spirited drives with him their attention span is short. Allow him to sit in the drivers seat with supervision. He will want to do what Dad does, turning the wheel and rowing the gears. In the long run his interest may not be to your level but he will have memories of Dad and cars and that is the goal.
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