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Two Prolific JDM Experts Explain How Japanese Cars Became Collectibles – The Autopian Podcast

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It’s Wednesday, so that means it’s time for another The Autopian Podcast. Today’s episode brings us two of the most amazing car collectors you’ll ever meet: Mark Brinker and Myron Vernis. They just wrote a book called “A Quiet Greatness” that shows basically every great Japanese car ever made.

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I’ve known Myron for years because he’s probably the most unique car collector in the world. He doesn’t have everything, but everything he has is fascinating. From an Autech Zagato Stelvio AZ1 to a Citroën CX to some random Greek models, his cars are all of the I-better-stop-and-look-at-it variety. Also, as you’ll see in the video above of the podcast below, he’s a delight.

I don’t know Mark Brinker, but he’s got a wonderful collection from all over the world, including some cool Japanese stuff like a Datsun Sports 2000, a Nissan March R, and a Nissan Cherry X-1R. (Also, he’s an orthopaedic surgeon who can make your legs longer, in case you’re having trouble reaching that clutch pedal. We talk about that in the podcast, too).



Mark and Myron’s book is devoted to these and many more legendary Japanese cars, and one of the most interesting aspects, to me, was the question: Why are Japanese cars just recently becoming truly collectible?

One of the main answers is simply that there are so many cars people don’t know about. The depths of European and American car history have been plumbed quite well. There are hundreds of books and tens of thousands of articles covering cars from Detroit, Germany, England, and Italy.

That’s why this book was written. They’ve surfaced some of the most important and most interesting cars ever produced by Japan. It’s not just a book, it’s a giant reference guide. It’s enormous and gorgeous and I got to peruse the four-volume set when I was at Pebble Beach for the book’s launch and it’s a little pricey ($350) but worth every penny.

[Editor’s Note: Apparently the book includes a deep-dive into the rare Yamaha Ami, this Daihatsu Opti-based, Ferrari F40-inspired gem:


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It’s perfect. -DT]

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