The Opel Kadett/Vauxhall Astra was in the same class as the VW Golf, Peugeot 205 and the European Ford Escort. It was actually a decent car, and the GSi version had a 2.0 DOHC 16V engine with a Cosworth designed head. As an aside, it had always baffled me why GM did not just use the C20XE in the North American market instead off reinventing the wheels with the Quad 4. They were already using the OHC version in the Sunbird at that time, it would probably cost them less to manufacture the new head in NA instead of all the development cost for a brand new engine. And the C20XE was good enough for Caterham to replace the Cosworth BDR with in the Super Seven HPC. Another example: take a rock solid 1986 Acura Legend that everyone raved about, throw some cosmetic tweaks to the body and some wood bits to the interior, and build it in the UK. You got yourself a Sterling 825, a car that literally falls apart after a year.
That's a very good price. I haven't seen the clamshell fender version for a long time, and the cycle fender version retailed for that much a few years back when Tamiya seemed to have made a run of reissue.
They are more like Buick, big expensive sedans for people over 50, just one rung below the President. The commercial version is very different from the consumer version. It uses a posted sedan body style instead of the consumer version's hardtop. At the 1991 model change, the commercial version broke off and remained on the Y31 platform, and is still being produced today. The consumer version progressed to the Y32/33/34 platform until it was replaced by the Fuga in 2004. The Y34 Cedric/Gloria was exported to North America as the Infiniti M.
Funny you mentioned that, because in the Facebook car modelling groups I am in, kids are turning out great works on Hondas and Toyotas, works that can rival many builds in here. Especially with the Revell Honda kits that people keep saying Revell couldn't give away. They are not just building them straight out of the box but also parting them out to swap the engine and mechanical into other curbside kits. There are definitely young people building models, they are just not hanging out in the typical forums or LHS. Many of them are attracted to Facebook groups where they can share their builds and talk about model cars with people all over the world. No memes, no flames, and no lectures on how lame a particular genre or build style is.
The rest of the series are 2 variations of the Fujiwara Trueno, one with the pop-up lights down and the other with them up. http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/search?typ1_c=112&cat=car&sold=0&state=0&sortid=0&target=series&searchkey=Initial+D+(Aoshima) They were first tooled up in the late 90's, when the Initial D manga series started to become popular.