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Car collectors fuel rapidly rising value of Japanese classics
Car collectors fuel rapidly rising value of Japanese classics

Eight years ago, Terry Yamaguchi paid $5,000 for a bright orange 1973 Datsun 240Z. A couple of years later, she sold the car for a little more than she paid for it. If only she had kept it. "Now, that car is worth $20,000," the vintage car collector said. It's not just the 240Zs. The value of Japanese classic cars has skyrocketed in recent years. A pristine Toyota Celica from the early 1970s can cost up to $20,000. A well-maintained Datsun 510 might go for as much as $25,000. And a Toyota 2000GT? Don't ask. A pristine 1967 version of the sports car sold at auction for almost $1.2 million in May 2013 — a record for a Japanese classic. A 1968 model sold this...

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