Although special Japanese cars typically aren’t as collectible as their more desirable European or American peers, some Japanese cars do increase in value. And while investing in a car is almost never a good idea because of the costs of storage, maintenance, repairs and insurance, it’s nice to have a car the value of which goes up, not down — even if you won’t actually make a profit on it.
Here are a few Japanese cars I predict will increase in value over the next few years.
The value of the Honda S2000 is already starting to tick up — and well-kept ones have sold for far more than their original MSRP. But I predict that the S2000 will see a slow but steady rise in values over the next few years, largely because so few were made, so few are left and it’s unlikely that Honda will build another car like this one. The high-performance CR models, in particular, should see a spike in value. Find a Honda S2000 for sale
Mazda RX-7 FD
The Mazda RX-7 FD is probably the most beautiful Japanese car of all time. Though RX-7s have always been dogged by the reliability issues of their problematic rotary powertrain, now’s their time to shine. The RX-7 FD’s rotary isn’t the ideal motor, sure, but this car is so gorgeous that it can’t be ignored by enthusiasts or car collectors — especially as values of the Toyota Supra and Acura NSX rise. Find a Mazda RX-7 for sale
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI
If you ask me, the sixth generation of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution was the vehicle’s high-water mark, as it combined the most impressive styling with the most exciting numbers. Later models added more equipment (including a dual-clutch automatic transmission) and upgraded the performance, but the Evo VI is the one I’ll always love the most. The Evo VI wasn’t sold in North America, but they were offered globally between 1999 and 2001 — meaning they’ll be legal here in just a few more years. Find a Mitsuibishi Lancer Evolution for sale
Early Subaru WRX
The Subaru Impreza WRX first went on sale here in the United States for the 2002 model year, but Subaru had been building the WRX in Japan long before that. The original WRX went on sale in the early 1990s, and while early models were hardly the high-performance cars that current models are, they were exciting vehicles for the time period. They also started a trend that has only grown considerably with time, so I suspect that early WRX models will someday be revered as special cars. Find a Subaru Impreza WRX for sale
1990-1997 Toyota Land Cruiser
The 80 Series Toyota Land Cruiser is a very safe bet for a vehicle that will go up in value in the coming years. They’ve been trending upwards for years, but they’ll keep going, as many enthusiasts regard the 80 Series as the last true Land Cruiser, given its 6-cylinder engine and its relatively simple and utilitarian interior. Look for nice examples of the Land Cruiser to surpass $30,000 or more, particularly the facelifted 1995-1997 models. Find a Toyota Land Cruiser for sale