Japanese cars get special showcase at Monterey Car Week

Japanese cars get special showcase at Monterey Car Week

Inaugural Japanese Automotive Invitational scheduled near Infiniti Pavilion

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They won’t be on the 18th Fairway of the famed Pebble Beach Golf Course, but they won’t be far from it as Infiniti and Motor Trend Group offer the inaugural Japanese Automotive Invitational, which “aims to bring even more diversity to the premier celebration of classic, vintage automobiles and demonstrate the prowess Japan brings to the industry.”

1970 Datsun 240Z Safari tribute

Adjacent to Infiniti’s display of its newest production vehicles and concepts on the Peter Hay Hill at Pebble Beach, the Japanese Automotive Invitational will feature cars such as the 1964 Datsun 1500 roadster, 1966 Toyota 2000GT, 1970 Mazda Cosmo Sport, Datsun 240Z Safari Tribute, Dan Gurney’s Eagle MkIII IMPSA GTP championship racer and others that “exemplify Japanese innovation, design and performance that originate from a rich and historical significant car culture,” according to the event announcement.

“Unique among a week of vintage automotive events, the Japanese Automotive Invitational will distinguish itself as the premier experience dedicated to Japanese automotive achievements, culture, personalities and the future of Japanese-inspired innovation and design,” the news release continued.

1968 Mazda Cosmo Sport

The Japanese showcase will be open to the public and to Pebble Beach concours ticket holders on Saturday, August 25, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday, August 26.

 “I continue to be amazed by how the automobile has evolved over many decades and in many nations,” Pebble Beach concours d’elegance chair Sandra Button is quoted in the news release. “Japan’s size and culture, the refined yet organic creativity of its designers, and its cutting-edge technology have played a major role in shaping the car in recent decades, and I’m proud that many of the Japanese cars that have contributed to our automotive history will be showcased here during Pebble Beach Automotive Week.”

1992 Toyota IMSA GTP Eagle MKIII

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  • Richard Steinbock
    August 31, 2018, 7:48 PM

    I am delighted to see you showcase Japanese cars at Monterey. I am the proud owner of a 1995 Mitsubishi 3000 GT Spyder. This is the first retractable hardtop since the 1959 Ford Skyliner. A total of 1034 Spyders were built in model years 1995 and 1996. Mine is one of only 19 to be painted Martinique Yellow. It is in near perfect condition with a total of less than 40,000 miles. Would you be interested in having this car on display next year? Rich

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