When we left off last in Part 1, I had just exited the train to quite possibly one of the most glorious sightings I’ve ever laid eyes on in Japan…
Yes, it’s finally time to enter the show. Normally a line like this would be a bad thing but the constant line of classics blasting up and down the surrounding streets accompanied by the thick smell of gasoline in the air was more entertainment than I could have asked for.
Before we get into the show there’s a few things I would like to disclose. First off, due to sheer amount of people and cars attending, getting a clear shot of anything is VERY difficult. So if you see some strange, up-close angles it’s because sometimes that is the only possible way to get the picture. Also, there’s no way I could possibly fit every category or class into a few blog posts so we’re going mainly stick to what we like and commonly deal with here at JDM Legends. Part 3 will be strictly dedicated to Skylines but we’ll go over most everything else in this one.
With that out of the way, onto the show. We’ll start off with this sweet little Honda S800. I’ve never been much of a fan of convertibles but coupes are another story. There’s a pretty large following for these cars in Japan and for good reason. We need more cars with 10,000 RPM redlines, or at least a proper sports car would do… what happened to Honda lately anyways?
There was quite a large Honda display but I was especially drawn to what I believe to be a 1962 CR110 race bike. I love the simplicity of these early motorcycles.
This C130 “Butaketsu” Laurel had to be the best example I’ve ever seen in person. Color, body, stance… perfect.
And lets not forget those 3-piece Techno Phantoms.
Toyota’s always have a strong showing at these events… even a few TE55′s liftbacks.
Levin or Trueno? I’ll take either as long as it’s moss green. Something cool about these cars that I wasn’t always aware of is that the over-fenders are metal instead of FRP like they are on the Skylines.
And we’re I’m at it, how about this to go with it? I’m always a sucker for a nicely built SS race header with slip-fits and spring retainers.
While I didn’t get a picture of the entire car, this S50 Crown had a pretty awesome hand-built header as well. By the look of it, instead of welding together mandrel bends like the one above, this one looks like they have used the method of filling the tubing with sand and then heating to the point where it can be slowly formed to the desired shape. You can tell by the one-piece bends of varying radiuses.
Wizard is the company we use in Japan for some of the JDM specific parts on some of the Celicas we’ve imported and they had a very strong showing including this pair of RA21 coupes.
Very nice lift back as well. I usually don’t go for carbon on cars from this era but the color combination made it subtle.
A couple more early coupes, one in need of a little love…
It’s good to see that original steel bumpers can still be found, good price too.
Inspiration for the next build?
If I had to pick one, I would say this RA21 from Konishi Auto Factory was the best in show.
I spoke with owner a little and he said this car was literally weeks out of a full restoration. After being in the final stages of our own ground up Celica restoration I was very interested to examine some of the details. Although they’re not for everyone, I really liked the original GT stripes on this car and how they complimented that immaculate set of Star sharks.
He also decided to paint the middle center section of the TRD spoiler matte black like they originally came just like we did on ours except we opted out of the stickers.
It also had the ultra rare TRD aero-jacket headlight covers. Note how they rotate forward so you can open the hood…
Nice display up front showing some of the restoration process, some of these look VERY familiar.
Nice bay too… the things I look at might not be what most look for, but it’s small detail like are the hinges and painted or zinc coated… fender bolts painted or not. It’s the minute details that dictate what type of restoration you’re going for and the amount of attention to detail. As much as this might look like a vacation, I’m in study mode the entire time.
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get a picture of the entire car but if you can see the crowd in the pictures you can understand why.
I almost got an entire picture of this CSP311 Silvia. I absolutely love these and it’s the first I’ve seen in the flesh. Much smaller than I would expect but when you take into consideration they were built on the SP/SR311 Fairlady Roadster chassis it makes a little more sense.
One more although this one sported a color and set of wheels I’m not used to seeing on this chassis.
And speaking of Silvias, how about a 240RS? It’s so bad it’s good. These were built as a homologation car for the WRC from 83-85.
Long line of Coronas all packed in tight.
Isuzu doesn’t usually get much love when it comes to the classics but the Bellet is a seriously cool car, especially if it’s a GT-R.
FRP hood, twin-cam motor, and independent rear suspension was pretty serious business in 1969.
The 117 is also another notable Isuzu from the late 60′s, and one of the first cars ever designed for the Japanese market by famed Italian designer Giorgetto Giugiaro.
There were a few Cosmos in attendance but not as many as I would have expected. These are both later model series II’s with the longer wheel base and slightly more powerful motor. I’ve been learning a lot more about these since acquiring our own Series I.
This one was a replica based off of the 1968 car that competed in the 84 hour enduro at the Nürburgring.
Prince and Nissan Glorias… I’ve always wanted one fro a cruiser.
Did you know Prince made a full-size truck? I didn’t until now.
Ahhh…. Fairlady’s. I was doing a bit of research here trying to figure out differences in model year mirror finishes and heights as you can see are a bit different between the two. We also took some measurements to figure out exact placement and as I had thought, the rumor of one being mounted further forward on one side is false. At least on these two it is. They’re also mounted symmetrically on every other car we’ve ever had in the shop so I’m not sure why it would be any different on the S30. If anyone has any info on that feel free to chime in.
Nice lineup here… The question is G-nose, original, or…
Completely mad, works inspired terror.
This car has such a raw, unfiltered style and I loved every detail of it, especially the race style twin pipes and filthy, carbon covered rear end. It’s quite obvious that this car gets used properly.
And continuing on the works theme, how about a couple of TS cup influenced Sunnys?
And one very well put together sedan. Sometimes all you need is the right wheels and the right drop and here’s proof.
As expected, there were also quite a few roadsters at the event.
And as usual, I find myself drawn towards the minimal circuit oriented versionof the two. I can’t help it. Short window, 2000 on semi-slicks and steelies just feels so right.
The B210 Sunny is such an oddly styled car.
But I’m not sure who would win in the contest of awkward rear ends… the excellent,
Or the Cherry? My vote goes to the Cherry.
This 1500, 2-door wagon is about as clean as they come.
I don’t think cute would be a common way to describe any truck but oddly enough it seems to fit this Mazda perfectly.
This is a truck I can get into, a Hilux and an 18R-G is a killer combo.
Something I never see enough of is the Mitsubishi Galant GTO. Just like the TE27′s you’ll usually find them in orange..
And just like the Lancers of a more modern era, there will always be a few rally-inspired versions thrown in the mix.
My coverage is obviously going to be a bit biased but it wasn’t all Japanese here, there were cars from all over the globe represented. This Mini with flares and fender mirrors was done in a truly Japanese style.
I’ll be honest in saying that I have no idea what king of Triumph this is but I do know that it was awesome.
In a row of old Benz’s one looked better than all the rest for obvious reasons.
If there was one European marque represented here that had a much stronger following than all the others, it would be Lotus. The Cortina is one of those cars that will always be a favorite.
We attended the meet with Lotus aficionado Ken Anderson and he was quite impressed by the Lotus following in Japan. I’m not sure if he was joking or not but he said there were possibly more parts available here than in the UK and by the look of it I wouldn’t doubt it. Instead of the train, he was lucky enough to get a ride to the show in a Caterham R300. You can read about the experience on his blog HERE.
The largest group in the Lotus crowd had to be the Europa, by far.
Body Shop Happy seems to have the Europa market covered and this full-carbon version was quite a piece of work. With a stock curb weight in the neighborhood of 1,400 lbs. with the FRP shell I can only imagine how light this one was.
The motor was quite the business too, there’s really nothing to these cars!
I’ve never really considered myself much of a fan of these before coming here but after seeing a few built in the Japanese style I’ll have to say I’ve been converted. You really don’t get an idea of how crazy they look in person, the roof line has to be one of the lowest I’ve ever seen on a street car. To give you a bit of a comparison, here’s me standing next to one… waist high. Seriously.
Alright, that about wraps up part 2. I’ll be back next week for part 3 that will be a little piece of Skyline paradise.