21 April 2014

Photo Gallery: Rising Sons

We chose the cargo areas of Terminal Island near Long Beach for our Japanese shoot as a nod to their trans-Pacific roots. Photographer Evan Klein captured the scene brilliantly. What do you think?

5 Reader Comments

  • 1
    Phil B Waterloo, Canada May 2, 2014 at 13:37
    Although I enjoyed your article, I find the glaring omission of Toyota's contribution to the Japanese RWD GT car market disappointing. The Supra, in its first version, was available in 1979, then underwent a much needed transformation in 1982. I have found it to be a incredibly fun and quick car, and at today's prices, a bargain. I have no less than 5 of them, made between 82 and 86 ranging from an ultra low mileage one owner 82, to a fully prepped track car that I flog relentlessly on track days. After having bought my first one in 1986, (which I still have), it has been hands down the most reliable car I have ever owned, and also the least expensive to maintain. The resurgence of popularity in these cars lately has created many upgrade components, plus newer Supra engine swaps are making these cars a thrill to drive. The styling is timeless, and deserves note in future publications. I will forward some pictures of my collection for your consideration.
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    Mike Duncan Hayden Lake Idaho May 5, 2014 at 22:34
    I enjoyed the article Rising sons article very much and feel that the writer is quite accurate in the selling history and racing history of these three cars and also the feeding frenzy these cars created in their infancy. Very few Japanese sports cars created as much hype and performance as these three cars in their selling and racing history. Yes there were others like the Toyota supra that were great cars but didn't carry the racing history with them in such a high degree. In this market the racing history was very important and moved the sales very quickly and racing history very quickly because in their own right they were true affordable sports cars. I do feel these cars have been somewhat overlooked but also feel that their time is coming. Thanks for the great article.
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    Bryan P VA May 6, 2014 at 19:03
    The inclusion of misinformation about Albrecht Goertz being involved in the development of the Datsun 240Z continues to be a disappointment with every article that includes it. Goertz had zip, zero, nada to do with the design of the 240Z. Nissan alone conceptualized and developed its design. With regard to the comment on Toyota's contribution to the sports car world at that time, its 2000GT was poorly marketed and over-priced and thus had little impact on the Japanese market. The Datsun 240Z put Japan on the map in the sport car world by itself due to its superior marketing, price point and balanced design. The Toyota Supra is of little historical importance, except to Toyota.
  • 4
    Carl B Clearwater, FL USA May 13, 2014 at 09:50
    The Datsun 240Z was anything but "cheap" in 1970. It was just as expensive as any of the other "mid price" Sports/GT's in the market. They were all as expensive as any mid-priced full size American Car. How often do we read articles about the cheap fun that the Camero offered in 1970? {MSRP $2839}, or the cheap fun that the Mustang offered {MSRP $2822.00}? A Corvette in 1970 had an MSRP of $4849.00 and the local Chevy Dealer was willing to "Deal" on the one I looked at. At the bottom line, out the door - the Corvette would have cost me around $400.00 more than the 240Z that I bought. The Corvette was "cheap" relative to the over priced 911 then as well. If you want to talk about cheap sports cars from 1970 - MG-Midget, A/H Sprite, Triumph Spitfire, Karman Ghia were all under $2500.00. "Cheap Fun" applied to the Z is a left hand complement that is really code for "Cheap Japanese Cars". It is also sad to hear that old Goertz Myth repeated. Mr. Lombard writes about "a 1964 design penned by Albrecht Goertz" - I'd like to see that sketch, I've been looking for it for since 1987. It is no where to be found - not even in Mr. Goertz's own autobiography. There Goertz shows us the design sketches he actually "penned" for the 507, he shows us the clay models he actually formed for the 507…he shows us none of that related to the consulting work he did very briefly on the Joint Nissan/Yamaha Development Project in 1964. Hummm.. wonder why? The Datsun 240Z played a very significant roll in US Auto History. It changed not only the Sports Car market, but the entire automotive market in America. The Z signaled the rise of the Japanese Auto Manufacturers and the beginning of the decline of the American Auto Manufactures. From 1970 forward the cars from Japan gained ever larger shares of the total American Market - based on the total Quality of their products - not on cheap prices. The Z was sold based on its Quality as a Sports/GT - not a cheap price.
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    Logan P Chrysler Kelowna, BC February 26, 2015 at 00:50
    I'm sorry, but I have to disagree. Here in Canada the 240 Z, along with the Plymouth Duster and Cuda, AMC Javelin and Matador X coupe were the best things on a Canadian showroom floor in the 1970's. The Z was a Econo-champ, as well as being one of the sharpest thing on four wheels... I was the proud owner of both a 1970 Javelin SST and a 1971 240 Z and I still have them. Not only were they inexpensive, but Japan was only taking a page out of AMC and Chrysler's playbook as for Detroit's cheapest cars? Don't make me laugh. Where the Mopar/Nissan/AMC palette and the other cars were doing as best as they could, GM and Ford were stuck with copies of the ones that graced US showrooms that we hated because of the US/Canada Auto trade pact. The 'Vette couldn't hold a candle to the Bricklin SV-1 and the prices were mere light years from what was offered at the time. In Canada we were lucky to have good cars that could be able to handle our winters, yet be an Econo-champ at the same time. So don't even go down that route, Ms Thing! As for Toyota, they were a stasis period of transition from the 2000GT to the Celica, and it took them six years to wise up to the sports car craze and responded with MR-2 and Supra. Mustang, Camaro and the other sports and muscle cars had trouble in Canada selling well, and the Fuel Crisis made everything worse... As for the sketch, I have it. A gift from a friend who worked for Yamaha Canada in the years of the N/YDP, and I didn't know about it through a friend who I met at the Art Students' League when I lived in New York. I'm not going to let THAT out of my Gay racing hands. So there. And I think that it was a combination of factors that spelled a transition in the Auto industry at the time. The Z was a inexpensive, good quality car that did it's job like it was supposed to do and I salute Goertz, Mr. K and Nissan for getting it done.

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