Kobayashi Tire & Wheel is totally old school. How old? According to its website, the tire & wheel shop was established way back in 1923! You can tell this isn’t your run-of-the-mill JDM version of Big O Tires, because they didn’t open up their second chain until 1997.
The best part is, they’ve taken (and developed, and subsequently scanned and posted) a Mazinger-sized library of photographs from the heyday of chrome bumpered motoring.
You might find a lime green SB1 Honda Civic on the lot of an American garage or two. It might even be wearing vintage Enkei Competitions. But would you find a bright red hakosuka Skyline behind it on the lift?
This C130 Laurel Hardtop with staggered Enkei Racing rims must have been quite the ride back then. In a land where customer service is already top notch, the employees at Kobayashi must have really been dedicated car guys to take and keep all these photos back in the day. But we’d take our nostalgics to them on any day. There are many more in the gallery below, and even more on the Kobayashi Tire & Wheel website.
Hat tip to Jun I.