Kobayashi Tire & Wheel: Old School Japanese Garage


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?


The Mazda RX-3 Savanna in the foreground is cool enough, but again, the Datsun 620, 510, Civic and Cedric (?) in the background makes this photo ooze nostalgia.


Many of the vintage wheels we love are represented. Here’s a Nissan Fairlady 240ZG on practically mandatory black Wats.


Here’s the SSR MkII, made by Enkei, on a rather ungainly 2+2 Fairlady Z G-Nose.


But Hayashi Streets appear on far more cars. Note the door mirror conversion on the 510 Bluebird Coupe.


We so rarely get to post photos of the Isuzu 117 so when we see one lowered on General Drag-Rite radials, it’s worth mentioning.


Likewise, the Mitsubishi Lancer Celeste on ATS Classics.


If the Toyota Town Ace is a-rockin’…


It seems that part of Kobayashi’s business involved re-barreling steelies. The added dish gets you Pos-A-Traction Torque Twisters under your daruma Celica.


Another set of black Watanabes, this time under a midnight blue B110 Sunny that boasts a mean, period correct stance.


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.


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14 Responses to Kobayashi Tire & Wheel: Old School Japanese Garage

  1. Nigel said:

    The C130 looks awesome. Also like the two Celica 1600′s.

  2. E-AT_me said:

    i thought the C130 was a new Dodge Challenger at first glance.. awesome pictures!

  3. ProTree said:

    that lowered isuzu 117 is pretty nice

  4. dodgsun said:

    i wanna know, do they still sell them?????
    i need something for my 280c VIP!

  5. Eric said:

    MK-II’s made by Enkei huh?? I knew Enkei made a TON of wheels for other brands but I had no Idea they had anything to do with SSR. Awesome post!

  6. bert said:

    They may look ungainly, but it seems the 2+2 Fairlady was somewhat popular! I used to have a friend who had one, and it drove and handled just as well as the 2 seater.

    117′s are AWESOME! They don’t get the recognition they deserve.

  7. Tyler said:

    Jesus Christ. This is the best single blog post I’ve seen in at least a month. Better than all the JCCS coverage combined.

    I just WISH they had some high-res images, because these are one wallpaper after another! Film awesomeness.

    Please do more carcheology in the future! ^_^

  8. G-zilla said:

    Does anyone knows the wheel/tire combo on that civic? It looks gorgeously
    rally-esque!!

  9. G-zilla said:

    ….i mean wheel size/tire size :)

  10. G-zilla said:

    oh my, what a dumbass! i just got ‘em at the kobayashi website :P thanks anyways.

  11. Johnny A. said:

    the white toyota carina….NICE!!

  12. Tyler said:

    Yeah man those tires are wicked. Reminds me of the Saab 92 rally cars.

  13. goki said:

    I like the fact that they have multiple FairladyZ 2+2 (yes I’m biased)

    …and wow! 2+2 is long, but 2+2+G-nose is limo status!

  14. zulu said:

    this is so wierd looks like a rhd celica liftback with the usdm safety 5 mph huge truck bumpers on it!

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