Will Japanese Classics be the Future Kings?
Hail-no. Not an iota of chance in my home.
I loved, loved my Gen 1 Mazda RX-7, and admired every Datsun/Nissan Z car in neighbor’s driveways when they were cool. I pitied the Toyota MR cars because of their weird wedgey shape, not their performance, and that was obviously personal preference.
But, look at any American classic, or even British classics (sorry French cars, not gonna happen) and see the devout love and sweat that the program teams at every level put into their cars and you end up with Corvettes, Camaros, Mopars, Mustangs and the list is endless - even a couple of AMCs. And, that doesn’t even count the notable English (Triumph, etc.) and German (Mercedes) hobby cars.
The Japs had some bright SPOTS but nowhere near the entire spotlight, that’s for sure. Plus, they had an “emperor” (who killed a lot of Americans trying to conquer the world, not a “King” as headlined in your article…