Welcome to Part Two of our coverage of the Mooneyes Street Car Nationals. As we mentioned in Part One, this show often blends American and Japanese customization styles, as evidenced by this army-themed van.
If you think a US military motif, complete with kill markings indicating bombs dropped, is a bit incendiary for a Japanese car, count the number of Rising Sun flags at your next Datsun meet. Vans are the biggest thing in Japan right now, and there’s no reason why old schoolers should be left out.
Nissan adopted the name Caravan for their one-box minivans long before Dodge and the E23 Nissan Caravan is a favorite of the vannin’ crowd. With its mean mask, it’s easy to see why. This one looks like something the Japanese A-Team would roll around in.
Smooth Bertone lines almost make you forget that this lovely, light olive Mazda Luce is a four door sedan. Perhaps because this is really an Italian body, the modern-ish wheels don’t look entirely out of place.
Black workhorse Cedrics were everywhere in 1980s Tokyo. The 430 Nissan Cedric Van was a common delivery vehicle, and you can identify the commercial (usually bare-bones) spec by its round headlights and fender mirrors.
The opportunity to showcase a vintage Daihatsu is rare enough, but when that Daihatsu is a slammed third-gen S37 Hijet pickup, you can bet we’re going to get excited about a 360cc kei truck! Note the hinges and massive (compared to the size of the cab) doors.