Welcome back to JNC‘s Nostalgic2Days coverage, from the Pacifico Yokohama convention center. The building itself might be located in the city’s Minato Mirai 21, or “Future Port of the 21st Century” district, but the cars are all from back in the day.
In the case of the Mooneyes booth, we’re talking way back in the form of an unrestored RS56 Toyota Crown pickup. The workhorse has led a hard life and has the patina and bed bars to prove it. A JZ-series swap would make this the ultimate sleeper, but we appreciate the fact that the Mooneyes crew decided to show it as is.
Contrasting the well-used beast of burden was the exact opposite in the Crown lineup, the gorgeous MS51 luxury hardtop. We fell in love with this car after seeing it at the Mooneyes Hot Rod and Custom show last year, and it never disappoints.
Revive Jalopy creates amazing works of vehicular art clean enough to eat off of. Note the spotless engine compartment of this Fairlady Z. We also would not mind having that burnished Skyline skin hanging in our living room.
Speaking of Skylines, the hakosuka is a chassis that’s getting ever more aftermarket parts made for it. RS Start offers everything from S20 motor headers to a suite of rear suspension hardware. The carbon fiber hood and wing take away some of its period correctness, but the overall look fits well with aggro Work CR-01 wheels in dark gold.
Other than the fact that it’s traded fender mirrors for door mounted ones, there’s nothing about this kenmeri Skyline that we haven’t seen before. Still, there’s something about its adherence to the tried and true — black Wats, a nice lowering — that makes us drool. Why mess with what works?
This tekamen Skyline was used to show off the KRZ air ride suspension. We love its 80s speedbox look, and the gray-maroon two-tone is a rarely promoted alternative to the popular red-and-black scheme.
Speaking of interesting color combos, here’s an A60 Celica XX decked out in a bizarre orange creamsicle paint job. We’re pretty sure Google’s showing us this exact car over and over again, so we’re going to call it and say this is not factory. Sure, it adheres to the same graphic scheme of known factory two-tones, but we’re going to guess that even if Toyota okayed this color in a drug induced haze, they wouldn’t have paired it with a burgundy interior.
I don’t know my bikes that well, but this appears to be a heavily customized Honda CT50. Regardless, it’s absolutely brilliant and would probably pull all sorts of Silver Lake hipster girls if it was in LA.
The Biko Works hakosuka is simply gorgeous. Like the kenmeri above, there’s nothing different for the sake of being different, yet it stuns just by being a proper, period correct specimen of a Japanese icon.
However, if you absolutely have to be different, try Biko Works’ Suzuki Mighty Boy with a hako nose grafted onto the front. It could be yours for a mere $14,500.
If you need slightly more hauling capacity than the Mighty Boy can offer but still want the front end to look like a hakosuka, then perhaps this B120 Sunny Truck will do the trick. Normally we find this kind of treatment just goofy, but the mean stance and longer body actually make this hako-camino look pretty darn badass.
On the topic of insane customs, we’d be remiss if we didn’t pause for a moment to take in this insane Celica Liftback. We certainly don’t mind some moderate bosozoku styling cues, but this crosses the line, shifts into reverse, and backs over it again to make sure it’s dead. We’re not even quite sure what it was doing at a show organized by Nostalgic Hero, but we felt it had to be mentioned.
The R Factory booth housed what appeared to be an ultra rare Fairlady Z432-R, a homologation special distinguished from the “normal” Z432 visually by an FRP hood and plexiglass windows.
Underhood it was powered by the brilliant Prince S20 motor found in Skyline GT-R. If this was indeed an authentic Z432-R, then its sheetmetal would be a thinner gauge than non-R cars, making it a true factory racer and the ultimate in collectible Nissans.
In Part 01 of our Nos2Days coverage, David mentioned the 420-horsepower naturally aspirated L-series in OS Giken‘s display car. Here’s a photo of that mill in the bay of that S30 Z.
This may be a newer build, but the OS Giken twin-cam head is still a proper (and incredibly expensive at $30,000) classic part. Which one is the ultimate Z, this aftermarket but period correct monster or the Z432-R?
We have more to come, but in case you missed it here’s Part 01 of JNC’s Nostalgic2Days coverage.
Photos courtesy of MQQNEYES.