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Notable Sports Cars and Roadsters From Japan -- 2007-2013

Sports cars and roadsters from Japan are not often featured in collector-car shows or seen in museum exhibits in the United States, except perhaps on the West Coast. To help make up for this lack of prominence, I went through my various photo galleries and picked out some notable examples for this new image collection begun in August 2012. I hope to add more photos and more cars to this special gallery in the weeks to come. There are a number of significant and desirable examples that are missing here, such as the 2nd generation Mazda RX-7, the various iterations of the Toyota MR2 and some cars from the glory days of Mitsubishi. I have seen them on the road over the years, but I have yet to photograph them. I also hope to include here photos of the Mazda 878B race car, which was the overall winner of the 1991 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Of the automobiles featured here now, the most valuable in dollar terms is the 1967 Toyota 2000 GT that belonged to the late car magazine publisher Robert E. Petersen. A 1968 model of this rare car was sold for $627,000 in August 2012 in a Pebble Beach collector-car auction conducted by Gooding and Company. That record price was broken in April 2013 when RM Auctions sold a yellow 1967 model for $1.155 million. Only 337 Toyota 2000 GTs were built in the 1960s, of which about 60 were imported into the United States.

Also included in this gallery is the most popular sports car and roadster ever made -- the Mazda MX-5 Miata. As of 2012, Mazda had sold more than 900,000 units of this extremely enjoyable car. It has been on Car & Driver magazine's annual "10 Best" list 14 times since its introduction in 1989, including eight consecutive times from January 2006 through January 2013.

All the photos here have been resized for online viewing. Note that the images and other content here are protected by copyright laws. All rights are reserved. Unauthorized use, copying, printing or direct linking is prohibited.

>>> CLICK ON A THUMBNAIL PHOTO TO ENLARGE IT, AFTER WHICH YOU CAN MANUALLY GO FORWARD OR BACKWARD TO THE OTHER IMAGES IN THIS GALLERY. THE PICTURES HERE CAN ALSO BE VIEWED AS A SELF-ADVANCING SLIDESHOW, BUT MINUS THE TECHNICAL AND OTHER DETAILS. SEE THE UPPER RIGHT CORNER OF THIS WINDOW. HAPPY VIEWING! <<<
Lexus LFA, one of 500 sold-out units, nearly $400,000 each, all built between December 2010 and December 2012 (5598)
Lexus LFA, one of 500 sold-out units, nearly $400,000 each, all built between December 2010 and December 2012 (5598)
Lexus LFA, one of 500 sold-out units, nearly $400,000 each, all built between December 2010 and December 2012 (5602)
Lexus LFA, one of 500 sold-out units, nearly $400,000 each, all built between December 2010 and December 2012 (5602)
Lexus LFA, one of 500 sold-out units, nearly $400,000 each, all built between December 2010 and December 2012 (5611)
Lexus LFA, one of 500 sold-out units, nearly $400,000 each, all built between December 2010 and December 2012 (5611)
1966 Honda S600 roadster (6527)
1966 Honda S600 roadster (6527)
1967 Toyota 2000 GT,* Toyota's first bid to compete with Porsche and Lamborghini (4836)
1967 Toyota 2000 GT,* Toyota's first bid to compete with Porsche and Lamborghini (4836)
1967 Toyota 2000 GT,* introduced in 1965; only 337 units were built, of which 54 were sold in the U.S. (4833)
1967 Toyota 2000 GT,* introduced in 1965; only 337 units were built, of which 54 were sold in the U.S. (4833)
1967 Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S, exhibited by Mazda North America (1268)
1967 Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S, exhibited by Mazda North America (1268)
1967 Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S, one of two imported into the U.S. when new (1275)
1967 Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S, one of two imported into the U.S. when new (1275)
1967 Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S. The Cosmo Sport was the first production vehicle equipped with a twin-rotor rotary engine. (1281)
1967 Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S. The Cosmo Sport was the first production vehicle equipped with a twin-rotor rotary engine. (1281)
1968 Datsun SRL 311 (8868)
1968 Datsun SRL 311 (8868)
1971 Datsun 240Z hatchback coupe (6540)
1971 Datsun 240Z hatchback coupe (6540)
1980 Mazda RX-7, first generation (6543)
1980 Mazda RX-7, first generation (6543)
1994 Mazda RX-7 twin-turbo, 3rd generation (0673)
1994 Mazda RX-7 twin-turbo, 3rd generation (0673)
1973 Datsun 240Z (2589)
1973 Datsun 240Z (2589)
1976 Datsun 280Z (2599)
1976 Datsun 280Z (2599)
1977 Datsun 280Z (9227)
1977 Datsun 280Z (9227)
1987 Toyota GTO Celica race car, winner of 1987 IMSA GTO Championship, owned by Toyota Motorsports  (3638)
1987 Toyota GTO Celica race car, winner of 1987 IMSA GTO Championship, owned by Toyota Motorsports (3638)
Mazda MX-5 Miatas, from the top -- 2nd (NB) and 1st (NA) generations (1122)
Mazda MX-5 Miatas, from the top -- 2nd (NB) and 1st (NA) generations (1122)
Mazda MX-5 Miatas, from the top -- 2nd (NB) and 3rd (NC) generations (1121)
Mazda MX-5 Miatas, from the top -- 2nd (NB) and 3rd (NC) generations (1121)
Mazda MX-5 Miatas, three generations (1125)
Mazda MX-5 Miatas, three generations (1125)
Mazda MX-5 Miata, early 3rd generation, with original nose (1532)
Mazda MX-5 Miata, early 3rd generation, with original nose (1532)
Dan Gurney, left, and son Alex Gurney in a Mazda MX-5 Miata, 2006 or '07 or '08, early 3rd generation (2813)
Dan Gurney, left, and son Alex Gurney in a Mazda MX-5 Miata, 2006 or '07 or '08, early 3rd generation (2813)
Dan Gurney, left, and son Alex Gurney in a Mazda MX-5 Miata, 2006 or '07 or '08, early 3rd generation (2814)
Dan Gurney, left, and son Alex Gurney in a Mazda MX-5 Miata, 2006 or '07 or '08, early 3rd generation (2814)
Dan Gurney and son Alex Gurney in a Mazda MX-5 Miata, 2006 or '07 or '08, early 3rd generation (2815)
Dan Gurney and son Alex Gurney in a Mazda MX-5 Miata, 2006 or '07 or '08, early 3rd generation (2815)
Dan Gurney, right, and son Alex Gurney in a Mazda MX-5 Miata, 2006 or '07 or '08, early 3rd generation (2817)
Dan Gurney, right, and son Alex Gurney in a Mazda MX-5 Miata, 2006 or '07 or '08, early 3rd generation (2817)
2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata, later 3rd generation (1028)
2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata, later 3rd generation (1028)
2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata, later 3rd generation (1034)
2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata, later 3rd generation (1034)
2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata, later 3rd generation, with 2009 facelift (1039)
2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata, later 3rd generation, with 2009 facelift (1039)
2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata, later 3rd generation, with 2009 facelift (1788)
2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata, later 3rd generation, with 2009 facelift (1788)
2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata, later 3rd generation (1791)
2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata, later 3rd generation (1791)
Mazda RX-8 (1391)
Mazda RX-8 (1391)
Mazda RX-8 (2902)
Mazda RX-8 (2902)
Acura NSX, known as Honda NSX outside North America (9496)
Acura NSX, known as Honda NSX outside North America (9496)
Acura NSX, known as Honda NSX outside North America (9499)
Acura NSX, known as Honda NSX outside North America (9499)
Acura NSX, known as Honda NSX outside North America (9500)
Acura NSX, known as Honda NSX outside North America (9500)
Acura NSX, known as Honda NSX outside North America (1281)
Acura NSX, known as Honda NSX outside North America (1281)
Acura NSX, known as Honda NSX outside North America (1274)
Acura NSX, known as Honda NSX outside North America (1274)
Acura NSX, known as Honda NSX outside North America (1283)
Acura NSX, known as Honda NSX outside North America (1283)
Lexus LFA, one of 40 pre-production prototypes (3836)
Lexus LFA, one of 40 pre-production prototypes (3836)
Lexus LFA, one of 40 pre-production prototypes (3837)
Lexus LFA, one of 40 pre-production prototypes (3837)
2012 Lexus LFA, one of 500 LFAs built between December 2010 and December 2012 (1740)
2012 Lexus LFA, one of 500 LFAs built between December 2010 and December 2012 (1740)
2013 Subaru BRZ (0503)
2013 Subaru BRZ (0503)
2013 Subaru BRZ (0507)
2013 Subaru BRZ (0507)
2013 Subaru BRZ (2067)
2013 Subaru BRZ (2067)
2013 Subaru BRZ, nearly identical twin of the Scion FR-S (2076)
2013 Subaru BRZ, nearly identical twin of the Scion FR-S (2076)
2013 Scion FR-S, known as Toyota GT86 or 86 outside North America (1874)
2013 Scion FR-S, known as Toyota GT86 or 86 outside North America (1874)
2013 Scion FR-S, known as Toyota GT86 or 86 outside North America (1855)
2013 Scion FR-S, known as Toyota GT86 or 86 outside North America (1855)
2013 Scion FR-S, known as Toyota GT86 or 86 outside North America (1857)
2013 Scion FR-S, known as Toyota GT86 or 86 outside North America (1857)
2013 Scion FR-S, known as Toyota GT86 or 86 outside North America (1860)
2013 Scion FR-S, known as Toyota GT86 or 86 outside North America (1860)
2013 Scion FR-S, known as Toyota GT86 or 86 outside North America (1862)
2013 Scion FR-S, known as Toyota GT86 or 86 outside North America (1862)
2013 Scion FR-S, known as Toyota GT86 or 86 outside North America (1872)
2013 Scion FR-S, known as Toyota GT86 or 86 outside North America (1872)
2013 Scion FR-S, known as Toyota GT86 or 86 outside North America (1160)
2013 Scion FR-S, known as Toyota GT86 or 86 outside North America (1160)
2013 Scion FR-S, known as Toyota GT86 or 86 outside North America (1289)
2013 Scion FR-S, known as Toyota GT86 or 86 outside North America (1289)
2013 Scion FR-S, known as Toyota GT86 or 86 outside North America (1290)
2013 Scion FR-S, known as Toyota GT86 or 86 outside North America (1290)
1969 Datsun Fairlady 2000 (6146)
1969 Datsun Fairlady 2000 (6146)
1969 Datsun Fairlady 2000 (6159)
1969 Datsun Fairlady 2000 (6159)
1969 Datsun Fairlady 2000 (6162)
1969 Datsun Fairlady 2000 (6162)
Nissan GT-R (6259)
Nissan GT-R (6259)
Nissan GT-R (6267)
Nissan GT-R (6267)
Nissan 370Z (4196)
Nissan 370Z (4196)
Nissan 370Z (4198)
Nissan 370Z (4198)
Nissan 370Z (4242)
Nissan 370Z (4242)
Honda S2000 with detachable hardtop (4209)
Honda S2000 with detachable hardtop (4209)
2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata and 1990s Mazda RX-7, both 3rd generation examples (4475)
2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata and 1990s Mazda RX-7, both 3rd generation examples (4475)
1990s Mazda RX-7, 3rd generation (4472)
1990s Mazda RX-7, 3rd generation (4472)
1990s Mazda RX-7, 3rd generation (4473)
1990s Mazda RX-7, 3rd generation (4473)
1990s Mazda RX-7, 3rd generation (4492)
1990s Mazda RX-7, 3rd generation (4492)
1990s Mazda RX-7, 3rd generation (4494)
1990s Mazda RX-7, 3rd generation (4494)
1990s Acura NSX, known as Honda NSX outside North America (4551)
1990s Acura NSX, known as Honda NSX outside North America (4551)
1990s Toyota Supra (4524)
1990s Toyota Supra (4524)
1990s Toyota Supra (4525)
1990s Toyota Supra (4525)
1990s Toyota Supra (4617)
1990s Toyota Supra (4617)
1990s Toyota Supra (4619)
1990s Toyota Supra (4619)
1990s Toyota Supra (4620)
1990s Toyota Supra (4620)
1967 Datsun 1600 Roadster (4664)
1967 Datsun 1600 Roadster (4664)
1967 Datsun 1600 Roadster (4668)
1967 Datsun 1600 Roadster (4668)
Nissan GT-R (4705)
Nissan GT-R (4705)
2013 Scion FR-S, known outside North America as Toyota GT86 or simply 86; nearly identical twin of the Subaru BRZ (4546)
2013 Scion FR-S, known outside North America as Toyota GT86 or simply 86; nearly identical twin of the Subaru BRZ (4546)
2013 Scion FR-S, known outside North America as Toyota GT86 or simply 86; nearly identical twin of the Subaru BRZ (4552)
2013 Scion FR-S, known outside North America as Toyota GT86 or simply 86; nearly identical twin of the Subaru BRZ (4552)
2013 Scion FR-S, known outside North America as Toyota GT86 or simply 86; nearly identical twin of the Subaru BRZ (4549)
2013 Scion FR-S, known outside North America as Toyota GT86 or simply 86; nearly identical twin of the Subaru BRZ (4549)
2013 Scion FR-S, known outside North America as Toyota GT86 or simply 86; nearly identical twin of the Subaru BRZ (4647)
2013 Scion FR-S, known outside North America as Toyota GT86 or simply 86; nearly identical twin of the Subaru BRZ (4647)
2013 Scion FR-S, known outside North America as Toyota GT86 or simply 86; nearly identical twin of the Subaru BRZ (4561)
2013 Scion FR-S, known outside North America as Toyota GT86 or simply 86; nearly identical twin of the Subaru BRZ (4561)
2013 Scion FR-S, known outside North America as Toyota GT86 or simply 86; nearly identical twin of the Subaru BRZ (4558)
2013 Scion FR-S, known outside North America as Toyota GT86 or simply 86; nearly identical twin of the Subaru BRZ (4558)
2013 Scion FR-S and 2013 Subaru BRZ (4784)
2013 Scion FR-S and 2013 Subaru BRZ (4784)
2013 Scion FR-S (4789)
2013 Scion FR-S (4789)
2013 Subaru BRZ (4786)
2013 Subaru BRZ (4786)
2013 Subaru BRZ (4792)
2013 Subaru BRZ (4792)
2013 Subaru BRZ and 2013 Scion FR-S (4787)
2013 Subaru BRZ and 2013 Scion FR-S (4787)
2013 Scion FR-S, known elsewhere as Toyota GT86 or 86, twin of Subaru BRZ (5662)
2013 Scion FR-S, known elsewhere as Toyota GT86 or 86, twin of Subaru BRZ (5662)
2013 Scion FR-S, known elsewhere as Toyota GT86 or 86, twin of Subaru BRZ (5665)
2013 Scion FR-S, known elsewhere as Toyota GT86 or 86, twin of Subaru BRZ (5665)
2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata, 3rd generation, with 2nd facelift (5461)
2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata, 3rd generation, with 2nd facelift (5461)
2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata, 3rd generation, with 2nd facelift (5466)
2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata, 3rd generation, with 2nd facelift (5466)
2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata, 3rd generation, with 2nd facelift (5473)
2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata, 3rd generation, with 2nd facelift (5473)
2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata, 3rd generation, with 2nd facelift (5478)
2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata, 3rd generation, with 2nd facelift (5478)
Honda S2000 (7075)
Honda S2000 (7075)
Acura NSXs and Toyota Supra (7077)
Acura NSXs and Toyota Supra (7077)
Toyota Supra (7082)
Toyota Supra (7082)
Nissan GT-R (7242)
Nissan GT-R (7242)
Nissan GT-R (7244)
Nissan GT-R (7244)
Nissan GT-R (7252)
Nissan GT-R (7252)
Honda S2000 (7273)
Honda S2000 (7273)
2014 Nissan GT-R (7417)
2014 Nissan GT-R (7417)
2014 Nissan GT-R (7402)
2014 Nissan GT-R (7402)
2013 Subaru BRZ (7714)
2013 Subaru BRZ (7714)
2013 Subaru BRZ (7716)
2013 Subaru BRZ (7716)
1995 Acura NSX, known as Honda NSX outside North America (7921)
1995 Acura NSX, known as Honda NSX outside North America (7921)