Category Archives: wheels

PRODUCT GUIDE: RS Watanabe Toyota Works replicas

RS Watanabe has revealed their latest wheel design, and it’s a gorgeous revival of the famed Toyota Works racing wheels of the 1960s and 1970s. The classic four-spoke crosshairs pattern is back, and is now available in a 15-inch size. 

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PRODUCT GUIDE: Return of the SSR Formula Mesh, but with a twist

The SSR Formula Mesh is one of the classics, a vintage barrel whose design looks fantastic on cars from nearly any era. The good news is Speed Star Racing is bringing them back. However, the catch is that they’ll only … Continue reading

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KIDNEY, ANYONE? Deep Yayoi “Sakura” Barrels

The Yayoi “sakura” wheel has long been considered the holy grail of vintage Japanese barrels. Now, a never-used ultra-deep set can be yours for the low, low price of — pinky to mouth — one million yen ($10,000 USD). 

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NEW PRODUCT: Hayashi Streets now available in 17-inch

The “Street” by Hayashi Racing is a favorite among collectors of old school barrels. Now the company is updating the classic design in a 17-inch size called the Hayashi Street STL.

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QotW: What Japanese concept should have been produced?

The Tokyo Motor Show is known across the auto industry for having the most crazed concepts in auto-dom. Future is what Japan does best, but last week Toyota debuted a concept at a toy show to get Japanese kids off … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s the coolest vintage barrel?

No other car culture comes close to Japan’s in terms of wheels. The sheer enormity of selection can be matched only by the magnitude of a rim collector’s obsession. From ninja star designs to barrels deep enough to bathe a … Continue reading

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JCCS 2011 PREVIEW: Debut of Enkei’s Classic Series Apache II

Another debut that will take place this weekend at JCCS is that of the reborn Enkei Apache II. This will be the third wheel in Enkei’s Classic Series line of revived vintage designs, hot on the heels of the Enkei 92 … Continue reading

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MS112 Toyota Crown on Super Volks

1980s swirly rims always seemed a bit cheesy so we’ve never been real big fans of them. Until now. Get a set of white Super Volks and slam a similarly white S112 Toyota Crown on top of them in a … Continue reading

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JNC Vintage Barrels II T-Shirt

Ever since we released our original Vintage Barrels T-shirt, the suggestions have been flowing for a second design. So without further ado, we are proud to present JNC‘s Vintage Barrels II T-shirt! We’ll debut the new threads at Toyotafest this … Continue reading

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New Retro Rims: Work Meister CR01

You may have noticed a snazzy new rim gracing the arrest-me red kenmeri in our Nos2Days coverage. In case you were wondering, that’s the new Work Meister CR01, exuding what the wheelmaker calls “Nostalgic Competition Racing Style.” Now that’s an … Continue reading

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Old Ad: Kenmeri Nissan Skyline for Techno Project TR-V

Was the Nissan Fairlady Z432 ad just a bit too stock for you? Maybe a vintage rim ad for the Techno TR-V is more your style.  This kenmeri shows how things were done back in the day — shakotan stance, … Continue reading

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NOSTALGIC WEAR: Enkei 92 T-Shirts

We love representing old school wheels but the problem is you eventually have to park your car. Now you can show off your love for vintage meshies anywhere except your shower with T-shirts celebrating the re-issue of the Enkei 92 … Continue reading

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Rays Gram Lights 57V

This time last year Rays Wheels unveiled the Volk TE37V, a version of their iconic tuner wheel sized especially for RWD nostalgics. They couldn’t keep ’em on the pallets, so in 2011 Rays is following up with the new Gram … Continue reading

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Boyd Coddington Custom 17 & 18 Inch Celica Supra Wheels

The Toyota Celica Supra P-Type is one of the best looking OEM wheels ever made. The classic four-spoke alloy was delivered stock with the MA61 from 1982 to 1986, and although the L-Types had a 15×6 option, the wider P-Type 14×7 … Continue reading

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Enkei Wheels Resurrects Enkei 92 Mesh Rim

Need some nostalgic meshies that haven’t seen one too many pothole and aren’t stricken with a classic case of curb rash? The old school revivals keep on coming with the (re-)introduction of the Enkei 92!

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EVENTS: Japanese Classic Car Show 2010, Part 02

This year’s JCCS was so big, so popular, so insane, attendees had to wait at least one hour just to get through the gates. Some gave up and went home (their loss). Word has it that the line stretched all … Continue reading

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Performance Parts Prices, Circa 1995

Bottom right corner. Brand new 11J-15 for ¥33,600, or $357. And this was during the height of the boom years, at the time the worst exchange rate in history.

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JCCS X Yokohama X Enkei Contest

Have you registered for the Japanese Classic Car Show yet? There’s less than a month till the biggest gathering of nostalgic autos in the US! And this year, the JCCS crew is teaming up with Enkei Wheels and Yokohama Tire to … Continue reading

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Viva Libre! VTO Performance Retro 4

There’s a new retro wheel on the horizon. The VTO Performance Retro 4 replicates the look of the original American Racing Libre made famous by the BRE Datsuns. Right now the only two sizes available are 13×5.5 and 14×5.5, but … Continue reading

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Volk TE37V on Impulse AE86 Corolla Levin

The Volk TE37V is an exciting development because it shows that companies like Rays Wheels are keen on making new products  for the nostalgic scene. However, the JNC staff is still torn between whether these are proper wheels for old … Continue reading

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