The Japanese car industry made a steady start and, for some years, its stock-in-trade was cheap, reliable cars for A-to-B motoring.
However, that all changed in 1965 when Toyota revealed its 2000GT – a sleek, Yamaha-built sports car nicknamed the ‘Japanese E-Type’ and subsequently driven by James Bond in You Only Live Twice. Japan had discovered its mojo, and a flood of stylish rear-wheel-drive coupes would follow, including the Datsun 240Z, Mazda RX-7 and the original Toyota Celica.
Our list of the 40 most stylish Japanese cars ever is bookended by the 2000GT and its latter-day successor, the Lexus LFA, but isn’t limited to the sporty stuff; there are two Toyota Corollas and a Datsun Cherry included, too. Oh, and – controversially – a Daihatsu Copen.
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