It is always nice to see some retro cars, to remind us how much have the automobiles of today have advanced in comparison to the cars we drove decades ago, and, why not, to make us remember the good old days with a slight feeling of nostalgia.
The 2009 edition of the Tokyo Auto Show was a good place for the Asian automakers to display some of their classics. At the most important Asian auto event of the year, where futuristic high tech cars where the center of attention, nostalgic people had the occasion to see some of the best classic Japanese cars in history.
The first classic Japanese car was a 1980 Mazda Familia hatchback. The Mazda Familia was a very long running nameplate used by the Japanese automaker for their small family cars or compact cars manufactured between 1964 and 2003. Practically, the 1980 Mazda Familia can be considered as being the predecessor of the current Mazda 3 because it was known under the name Mazda 323 in those days. Most probably the 1980 Mazda 323 hatchback on display was part of the fifth generation of the Mazda Familia. The Mazda Familia was a very successful series of cars that sold more than 10 million cars, more precisely 10.589.052 units in its 39 years of existence.
A second classic was the 1981 Toyota Soarer Coupe. The Toyota Soarer was a personal luxury GT coupe that was in production between 1981 and 2004, being built on the same platform as the Toyota Supra . The car that was on display was a first generation Toyota Soarer that was in production between 1981 and 1985, when it was replaced by the second generation of the Toyota Soarer.
The third Asian classic was the probably the most important Asian vehicles in history, because it was the first production automobile manufactured in Japan. I am talking about the 1917 Mitsubishi Model A, which was in production between 1917 and 1921. Envisioned as a luxury vehicle for high echelon government officials and top executives, the Model A had to be reliable, comfortable and a showcase of Japanese craftsmanship. At those times the Japanese automakers were not so inspired in terms of technology and design, so the 1917 Mitsubishi Model A was based on the Fiat Tipo 3.
For a large photo gallery of these and other Asian classics present at the 2009 edition of the Tokyo Auto Show take a look below.
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