Japan is a nation of over 127 million people and about 16 million cars. It is also a country that manufactures some of the most sought after cars and aftermarket parts. In the last 2 decades, demand for cars and parts new or second hand has never been higher.
On the aspect of used parts alone, Japan export shiploads of these scrap items where consumers from other parts of the world sees as treasure. These treasure items are what they are because JDM (Japan Domestic Market) parts are never made available via other markets due to emission standards, costs, politics and so on.
Half Cut. A common term for how scrapped cars from Japan are being exported. As the term suggests, cars that are being exported as scrap will need to go through a mandatory scrap process which requires these cars to be slaughtered in half before being loaded into shipping containers.
But the process of chopping the cars into half cuts is as cruel as it sounds and can give any auto enthusiast a heartache or even a heart attack. Our hearts skipped a beat when we saw a post from someone named Bosco Fong on Facebook containing images of what seemed like a chop in progress of an ultra rare FD2 Honda Civic Mugen Type RR.
At least for the moment it is safe to say that 1 out of 300 of these rare breed JDMs is officially dead. The images depict a red FD2 Honda Civic Mugen Type RR in a pristine condition being professionally chopped.
There were no further details where this half cut is heading to but judging from the photos, this half cut is definitely going somewhere and is likely to be resurrected either as a donor for “transfusion” or to be re-joined at the seams then caged as a track car.