Got the JDM itch? Of course you do — at least, the market thinks so. For fans of Japanese cars, the current state of the segment is a Catch-22. Prices continue to climb for older Japanese cars, but at the same time clean, unmolested examples have seeped from the woodwork. It’s a bit late for speculators, but if you want to get into the market before it truly explodes, Bring a Trailer’s got two JDM legends up for grabs.
1993 Mazda RX-7
Poring over the photos of this mint RX-7, we can’t help but pine for the return of Mazda’s rotary engine. The lines, stance, and presentation of this FD RX-7 are timeless in ways which many frumpy ’90s cars are not.
Every FD arrived on our shores packing the 13B 1.3-liter, twin-turbocharged, twin-rotor engine, which was good for a very healthy 252 hp. The curvaceous coupe was lauded for its impeccable handling and on-road character, thanks in part to a balanced chassis and relatively low weight.
This FD has covered just 34,000 miles since 1993 and was maintained flawlessly by a local Mazda dealer. Aside from a sometimes faulty oil pressure gauge, it’s a clean, no-surprises example.
1995 Acura NSX
Well, we hope you like red. Completing a second side of the holy pentagon of Mazda RX-7, Toyota Supra, Acura NSX, Mitsubishi 3000GT, and Nissan Skyline GT-R (or 300ZX, depending on who you ask), this NSX is one of the all-time greats.
Power comes from a mid-mounted 3.0-liter V-6 engine, pushing out 270 hp when brand new. This gumption is managed by a five-speed manual transmission, considered by some to be easier to use than the six-speed transmission installed in later models.
Somehow, this NSX has passed through the hands of some seriously strong-willed owners, considering the car has traversed just 7,490 miles since new. Because of this, it’s in near pristine condition, wearing only very small blemishes and nicks.