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In photos: Classic Japanese cars including first generation Civics displayed for B.C. show

Organizers of the inaugural All Japanese Classic show expected fewer than 100 vehicles, but more than double that were featured at inaugural event in North Vancouver, B.C. They ended up with a few hundred including first generation Civics, Datsons, kei cars, a rare 1962 Datsun Fairlady 1300 and the 2000 Toyota Century I brought.

A couple of tiny kei trucks stand ready to haul a little cargo.

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A Toyota Century, Japan's only V-12 powered car, on the lawn at the All Japanese Classic meet.

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In Japan, the Century is used to ferry around the Imperial family. Its design has only changed once since 1967.

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The Datsun club is here in force with their 510s and Zs.

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A young exhibitor and her Hot Wheels Datsun 510.

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The classic cockpit of the Datsun Z is focused and uncluttered. No infotainment required.

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An early rotary-powered Mazda, complete with rotor-shaped grille badge.

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The first generation Honda Civic is still beloved by many.

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Even though these early Civics are tiny, they're surprisingly roomy inside.

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A 1965 Nissan Cedric qualifies as a “Never Seen One Before” moment.

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Incredibly rare, this 1962 Datsun Fairlady 1300 is one of just 217 models produced. One of the first Datsuns to be exported, it won best in show.

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Badges and stickers for various clubs cover the back of this little Datsun hatchback.

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Trophies stand ready to go to class winners. There's a couple of unique awards as well, including a Hard Luck trophy and furthest distance travelled.

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This Nissan NX2000 has been turned into a fire-breathing front-wheel-drive dragster.

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A Nissan Stagea wagon and an R34 Skyline GT-R. Both have huge cult followings, and both can be imported to Canada – but not the U.S.

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Shannon Hummel shows off the model she built to match her 1996 Mitsubishi Legnum wagon. She's driven it all the way from Grande Prairie, Alberta.

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A group of Datsun Fairladys yearn for some sunshine beneath the trees.

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This surf-style Corolla station wagon features pinstriped details.

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“Mom's First Car.” A car doesn't need to be expensive to be special.

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Aside from a set of aftermarket alloys, this humble little Toyota Tercel is entirely original.

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A row of brightly coloured Datsuns with their engines on display.

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A Suzuki Samurai and a Toyota Land Cruiser stand ready to take on any kind of off-road challenge.

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