Although it doesn’t display my favorite classic Japanese sports car, a Mazda Miata, Balboa Park’s San Diego Automotive Museum is featuring Japanese Steel as its Summer exhibit, running through Sept. 17.
Up for viewing are a 1959 Datsun LG 220 truck, a 1965 Toyota FJ 45 Land Cruiser, a 1966 Toyota Stout truck, a 1967 Toyota S800, a 1969 Subaru 360 Coupe Deluxe, and a Japan’s first supercar, the 1969 Toyota 2000 GT. A never-made 2000 GT convertible was James Bond’s car in You Only Live Twice.
Also on display are a 1970 Honda Super Sport CB 150, a 1972 Honda AZ600 Coupe, a 1974 Datsun 610 Bluebird, a 1975 Isuzu 117 Coupe, a 1988 Nissan Pulsar NX SE Sportbak, a 1981 Honda City with Motocopo scooter, a 1991 Nissan Skyline GTR.
Rounding out the exhibit is a 1993 Acura NSX, and the undefeated, Dan Gurney-designed 1991 Toyota IMSA GTP.
It’s a shame the museum didn’t bring its own 1990 Mazda Miata out of storage for the show, or perhaps ask me to bring out my almost-all-stock, 194,000-mile 1991 Miata.