This year’s Tokyo Motor Show featured some really interesting concept cars from Nissan and Honda. The following concepts seem hint that there is still an appeal and interest in an entry level drivers’ car which is something we dearly miss these days. Nissan’s IDx Freeflow sends a strong message with its resemblance to the once reputable Datsun 510; while Honda’s Beat, seems to have grown a bit bigger than its Kei car origins.
Before you start complaining about why this is a ridiculous idea and why on earth would they approve a sedan variant while dropping the idea of a convertible version? Well, think about the bright side of having an 86 sedan. Remember the Datsun 510 or the BMW E30 sedans? Well you can think of this 4 door 86 as their modern alternative; a cheap, practical and a simple performance sedan. Plus, the wife is less likely to complain about it, the kids will probably like it and the insurance quote could go lower.
The 86, for the least, still remains loyal to the idea of being a ‘budget’ sports car. Though the price being proposed, initially, could probably be a bit too high but were not certain as we got the info from Australian sources:
Unlike Toyota, Nissan have always been the car maker that was less shy and made bolder more adventurous decisions when it comes to developing performance cars.
They built some of the most iconic Japanese performance cars in history; regardless the fact that some were not commercial successes.
The Datsun 510 was an average sedan that people somehow took for granted at first as it was a class leader at the time. Today, many are valuing and restoring those 510s.
The above pictured one recently featured at Jay Leno’s Garage. Finished in Voodoo Blue (Toyota FJ Cruiser Blue); It was merely a rusting body shell when first brought by its owner, Greg Elliot, who is actually one of the crew working in Jay’s Tonight Show’s.
This is nicely and genuinely built car with beautiful personal touches and finishes that makes it something worth living with, for a lifetime.
Check out the full video about this special 510 from Jay Leno’s Garage; just try to bear his vague sense of humor:
Image source: Jay Leno’s Garage Facebook Page