JDM Legends talks classic Japanese iron – Click above to watch video after the jump

JDM Legends may be based in the outskirts of Salt Lake City, Utah, but the company's heart clearly belongs to Japan. The garage, run by shop manager Eric Bizek, is a slice of classic Japanese heaven in the middle of America. Skylines, Celicas and 510s are parked in various states of restoration with the ultimate goal of finding new homes.

Despite being happy to match classic iron to new owner, Bizek is also (and understandably) sad to see his projects leave. His love affair with these machines comes across clearly in Josh Clason's newest short film. Clason is the same person responsible for the last short on JDM Legends, and we're quickly becoming fans of both his work and the work of JDM Legends.

Click past the jump for a well-shot reason to save your money for an old Skyline.


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      _M7_
      • 3 Years Ago
      finally some video worth to se more than once :)
      Jeff Helgeson
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love the character of these cars, but it's just the minimalism letting you really know what the car is.
      Mike M
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is that a 2000GT that I see projected on the wall? swoon
      Saracen
      • 3 Years Ago
      Another beautiful JDM Legends video. Oh how I want that Skyline..
      Kghd
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, completely inspiring. Wish I had one, both classic and *cough* modern one.
      stever
      • 3 Years Ago
      brings a friggin tear to my eye! *huigs*
      RR Coor J
      • 3 Years Ago
      That is the most beautiful video I've ever seen in my life.
      vignale
      • 3 Years Ago
      he wants everything to be perfect... and yet at 4:15 the right rear break light is not working.eh:)
        Josh
        • 3 Years Ago
        @vignale
        It went out during our shoot. This was shot before Eric started his restoration work on these vehicles.
          ItMe George
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Josh
          hey Josh when I try to go to the JDM Legends site it tell me that "This site may harm your computer." I do not know what is going on but if you can give the guys over at JDM Legends a heads up about that. JDM Legends - Vintage Japanese Car Sales and Restoration www.jdmlegends.com/ This site may harm your computer.
      kevsflanagan
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love these type of video's. The production on them is amazing and part of me feels its just a team of say 3-5 people doing it on a shoe string budget. AB if you find more of these please feel free to share I won't complain.
        Josh
        • 3 Years Ago
        @kevsflanagan
        I wish I had a team :). My wife does help me when I need rolling shots so I can hang out the back. You can check out my series at depthofspeed.com. It is a 10 part series and this is episode #4. I will be traveling the country next year in search of more stories such as this.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        dukeisduke
        • 3 Years Ago
        There's room for enthusiasm for all kinds of cars. I like everything from American Underslungs and Stutz Bearcats to GTOs and Firebirds to R5 Turbos to Auto Union V16s to Skyline GT-Rs to Toyopets, Vegas, you name it.
        emperor koku
        • 3 Years Ago
        Seriously, dude? STFU. There's plenty of "real sports cars" from everywhere. You shouldn't limit your appreciation.
          emperor koku
          • 3 Years Ago
          @emperor koku
          Nothing wrong with that, but by limiting yourself, you're putting politics before your car enthusiasm. Which is fine, but go get on a different blog. This isn't about why ~250k Americans buy Camrys every year. These are real cars. The kind that create and promote enthusiasm.
        alkalinebay
        • 3 Years Ago
        You mean the fact that real sports cars were born in Europe right? Americans built "muscle cars". The corvette was named after a small attack boat in wwII and was designed to compete against european sports cars. If you guys are complainging about cars not having emotion buy a Lotus and see what higher quality parts and craftsmanship is all about.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @alkalinebay
          Uh the Lotus Esprit and the last generation Elan had all types of reliability problems, electrical to be exact. The Elan came with all the reliability issues that were associated with Isuzus back in that era.
        bwahahahaha
        • 3 Years Ago
        As an American who lives in Japan: no, people don't lust after American cars. Some appreciate the classics, but very few would rather purchase a modern American car of any sort for daily transport. Is this because of a misguided sense of patriotism? No. Is it because the majority of American cars are too large, too thirsty for a country with much higher gas prices, and don't handle well enough to have fun on Japanese mountain roads? Absolutely. What american cars do you see here? Fiesta's, focuses, and the occasional corvette (and admittedly the odd hummer). But compare that with the number of 1 series, mercedes, alfas, fiat 500s, peugeots, citroens, etc. and you'll see where Japan's thirst for imports (read American and European cars) lies.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        RJC
        • 3 Years Ago
        Tell that to classic British and Italian sports car collectors. See what they think of your thoughts.
        Evan McMiller
        • 3 Years Ago
        You need to get off this site honestly your comments are so annoying, immature, ill-informed, and hateful that I really don't see why you need to be on here. GTFO. None of us wants to read your drivel.
        alkalinebay
        • 3 Years Ago
        Japanese cars have no soul...Even the GTR is souless and just a playstation on wheels. Japanese can't build good sports cars and their designs only excite 16 yr old boys.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @alkalinebay
          Funny, I'm not 16. I'm actually far from it. I'm 28. But whenever I see cars like these, they make me wish that I lived in Japan during that era so I can experience why these cars are so iconic. It makes me wish I had the money to acquire and retro-mod a Datsun 510.
          Jeff Glucker
          • 3 Years Ago
          @alkalinebay
          Said from a person that's most likely never driven the very cars he talks about...
        • 3 Years Ago
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      MAX
      • 3 Years Ago
      More proof Japanese cars have always been ugly as sin. If you see a good looking Japanese car, it was designed by Italians like the Isuzu Impulse.
        Shawn Brinker
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MAX
        Really? You think these cars are "ugly as sin", and yet you like the Impulse? It's all a matter of taste, and I happen to think most of the cars this man restores are beautiful! To each their own I guess.
        Evan McMiller
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MAX
        Looks like you lost your glasses or something
        apexdoggy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MAX
        Really? You call these icons ugly, then bring up that abomination from Isuzu as a good looking car? Nice try, troll.
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