Gallery of Japanese Concept Cars


We’ve talked about many of these cars individually, but Pink Tentacle recently collected a bunch of Japanese concept cars all in once place. Here are some of Nihon’s wildest from the golden age of show cars. Above is the 1971 Nissan 216X.


1969 Isuzu Bellett MX1600 by Ghia.


Isuzu MX1600-II.


1969 Toyota EX-1.


1969 Toyota EX-III.


1970 Mazda RX-500.


1970 Nissan 126X.


1970 Nissan 270X.


1972 Toyota EX-7.


1973 Toyota F101.


1975 Nissan AD-1.


1983 Nissan NX-21.


1985 Nissan CUE-X.

See more at Pink Tentacle.

Hat tip to gokiburix.

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19 Responses to Gallery of Japanese Concept Cars

  1. AJ said:

    is it just me or does that Nissan AD-1 look remarkably like the AW11 MR2? Especially the rear end!

  2. banpei said:

    Nice lineup of concept cars! I have never seen photos of some of these. :)
    But I’m missing the Toyota EX-11 and SV-2 in the list here. The EX-11 and SV-2 styling eventually made it almost unchanged to the Soarer and Celica XX production cars. Eespecially the EX-11 was a very very advanced concept car: it lacked keys, had onboard navigation, radar (upcoming traffic) and sonar (parking sensors) to safeguard the car.

  3. retrokid said:

    I would take that green Mazda to the woods and make out with a honey any day…

  4. Toyotageek said:

    Beautiful, simply beautiful.
    However, the million dollar question is: “Where are they today?”

  5. Eljay said:

    Stunningly gorgeous cars! When Italian car design is put on trial for being criminally overrated I,the prosecutor will call this “exhibit A”. ;-)

  6. yhl said:

    the toyota ex-1 looks like the prototype to the celica. interesting.

  7. TommyJ said:

    The things I’d do for that 270X…

  8. Koich said:

    1st gen Celica was based off of the EX-1.

    Let’s get some more recent ones too, like the Nissan MID4.

  9. goki said:

    *high five*

  10. Tyler said:

    Just more evidence that the 1970’s were the golden age of form development and that Italians should not be allowed to design anything but Italian cars.

    You can see where the 270X’s design made it into the Cherry X-1.

    Last, I effin’ loved the revival of Art Deco and deconstructivism in the early 2000’s, seen mostly in the Nissan Armada, Isuzu Axiom (that one’s getting rare!) and Chrysler’s Pacifica and Crossfire. There’s a website dedicated to old College for Creative Studies student models from the 1990’s that has a section dedicated to that form language. I’ll have to go find it again.

  11. Darren said:

    That Nissan 216X looks very Rover SD-1 at the front.

  12. BIG O said:

    The isuzu bellet and mx1600 look like the Ford Pantera.

  13. Nigel said:

    I’ll take the keys to that Nissan 126X !!
    Right out of Ridge Racer 4, the programmers maybe had a few of these on the wall as kids.

  14. bert said:

    The Toyota EX 1,2,and3 made me laugh!

    “Let’s make a sports car!”

    “No! That ones been done, let’s make

  15. bert said:

    a tiny little economy car!”

    No! we’re goimg with the sports car!

  16. GEN2TWINCAM said:

    Now there’s a coincidence…
    Just last week I found my Matchbox version of the Nissan 126X, in a lurid 1970’s yellow and orange paint scheme (with flames!). Even as a kid, I wondered how the occupants were able to see over the dashboard!

  17. Joe said:

    Was the 1971 Nissan 216X designed to look like a Citroen SM?

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