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Here Are the 7 Most Expensive Older Japanese Cars For Sale on Autotrader

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author photo by Doug DeMuro March 2017

Although it's primarily European cars that become high-dollar collectibles as they age, certain Japanese cars are starting to increase in value. These seven older Japanese cars are proof: They represent the seven most expensive Japanese car models currently listed for sale on Autotrader, and none of them are especially cheap. But given the recent increase in interest in Japanese cars, you may someday regret not buying one of these when they were available for "only" the list prices below.

1995 Toyota Supra

1995 Toyota Supra - $124,995

Many of the most expensive older Japanese cars for sale on Autotrader are "MkIV" Toyota Supras, built in the early 1990s -- and this is the most expensive of all. It's a 1995 model, finished in white, offered for sale by Ackerman Toyota in St. Louis -- for a whopping $124,995. Even when you factor in the desirability of this Supra -- plus the fact that this is a Supra Turbo with a 6-speed manual and major tuning, for over 1000 horsepower -- it's hard to imagine it's worth that much. Still, this Supra is an excellent example of improving market conditions for desirable Japanese cars.

1995 Acura NSX T

1995 Acura NSX T - $93,000

Here's a more realistic asking price. Although this 1995 NSX T is the most expensive older NSX currently listed on Autotrader, it might just be the nicest. It's an absolutely beautiful 1995 model with just 6,370 miles on the odometer -- and it's painted in the NSX's perfect red exterior color, with a barely used black leather interior. It's offered for $93,000 by a private seller in rural South Hamilton, Massachusetts, who notes that it's "never been raced" and "never been in rain or snow," before concluding that "this car has become too valuable for me to want to drive it." Given the current state of the NSX market, that makes sense.

1983 Toyota Land Cruiser

1983 Toyota Land Cruiser "Troopy" - $50,000

Don't let the mediocre pictures or the high mileage fool you: This 1983 Land Cruiser "Troopy" is a highly desirable SUV for drivers interested in older Land Cruisers. The listing notes that this Land Cruiser was imported from Australia, and it looks relatively clean -- at least, for a 35-year-old workhorse truck. Its main benefit is the "Troopy" body style, short for "troop carrier," due to its rare long-wheelbase design. It's available from a private seller for $50,000 in the San Diego suburb of Oceanside, California.

1984 Toyota Pickup

1984 Toyota Pickup - $49,988

Here's one that probably doesn't belong on this list: an '84 Toyota Pickup ... for fifty grand. If that sounds like a lot, well, it is, and the listing explains why: It's offered for sale by 4042 Motors in the Raleigh suburb of Garner, North Carolina, and "it is the owner's off-road toy." The listing also notes that "4042 Motors may not actually sell this vehicle," implying that it's listed just to prove to the dealer's financing company that it's technically "for sale." The $49,988 asking price may keep people away, but it does look like an excellent build. With huge tires and cut fenders, this is as close to a monster truck as most of us will ever get.

1996 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4 Spyder

1996 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4 Spyder - $45,000

The Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4 Spyder is one of the ultimate 1990s cars: the high-performance version of Mitsubishi's exciting 3000GT sports car, with a trick power-folding hard top. It's no surprise, then, that ultra-well-kept versions of the 3000GT would sell for big money -- like this 1996 3000GT VR4 Spyder, which is offered by a private seller in Hialeah, Florida, for $45,000. While that makes it the most expensive VR4 Spyder on Autotrader, it's also probably the nicest: It's covered just 25,800 miles from new, and the (highly upgraded) engine looks almost absurdly clean.

1986 Toyota Land Cruiser

1986 Toyota Land Cruiser - $42,449

Virtually all generations of older Toyota Land Cruiser models seem to be shooting up in value -- and none are rising quicker than the 1980s model, dubbed the "FJ60." This is a beautifully built 1986 FJ60, featuring a wide range of desirable off-roading accessories -- like a rear spare tire, a roof rack, an aftermarket off-roading front bumper with a winch, a lift and upgraded tires. No wonder, then, that it's one of the most expensive older Land Cruiser models listed on Autotrader, with an asking price of $42,449, from Weston Auto Gallery in Fort Collins, Colorado.

1993 Mazda RX-7

1993 Mazda RX-7 - $36,987

The "FD" Mazda RX-7 was sold in the United States from 1993 to 1995 and remains, in my opinion, the single most beautiful Japanese car ever designed. Many other people share this opinion, which is one of the reasons why "FD" RX-7 values have stayed so high -- like, for instance, in this case. This is a pristine 1993 RX-7, with just 19,100 miles, finished in red -- the car's best color. It's offered by Toy Barn in suburban Columbus, Ohio, for $36,987 -- a price I'm sure we'll all come to regard as an excellent deal as these things continue to gain value in the future.

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