Continuing with our JCCS 2009 coverage, here are the cars from my personal favorite category — the wagons! This restored orange Datsun 510 was gorgeous, and aside from the re-upholstered interior it looks like it could have driven off the lot circa 1970. But this was just the first of many family freighters we saw last weekend.
The Honda representation was particularly strong this year, the best JCCS turnout ever, in fact. The surfboard is a nice touch, though that rear window could really use some beach stickers (or a JNC one!).
This is the car attached to that sticker, the notorious “Dat Rod.” It’s covered with cool hot rod touches you have to look closely to notice. Subtlety is the key, though red painted steelies with whitewalls always look boss.
Conveniently, JCCS had a Cressida on hand for just such a comparison. Wow, we wouldn’t want to have to pick between this and the 910 out of a police lineup. By the way, this Cressida wagon was absolutely mint. We briefly entertained thoughts of abandoning our faithful MX72 and eloping with this one instead.
Here’s one for the Mazdafarians. This particular Mazda RX-3 wagon has been in the local scene for a while now, and we’re glad the owner has thus far resisted doing anything other than keeping this beauty cherry.
Look, it’s the TE72 Corolla made famous by all the coverage it received at the final Nisei Showoff, looking as sexy as ever.
A near-mint example of an X30 Cressida wagon, complete with faux wood grain paneling. The tan trim pieces outlining the wood paneling are held on by plastic clips. Unfortunately, they turn a bit brittle after three decades and replacements are nearly impossible to find, even in Japan. Otherwise, it’s an absolutely gorgeous car.
Yes, this 1JZ-powered Celica is clearly non-wagon, but in Part One I thought that this was the completed car. Luckily, I was wrong! In fact, owner Cary Miller says he’s about to tear it down for a spray in gloss black and filled in some other details. It was six years in the making, and is a 3/4 back half chassis with newly fabbed floorpan. There are zero bushings; all the links are Heim joints and the brake lines and wiring have all been hidden. The aforementioned 1JZ makes 700hp through a TH350 Chevy tranny and a narrowed Toyota Truck 8-inch rear end. Somehow, though, Cary has managed to retain all the stock sheetmetal and keep it street legal.
Last but not least, just when we thought we’d seen it all at JCCS, a Cony 360 Light Van appeared out of nowhere. And in left hand drive, no less! We weren’t aware of the Cony being sold in the US. Perhaps it’s an imported European version? Maybe some microcar fans can help us out.
By the time we got home the sky was dark again. It was a long day but well worth the exhaustion. We captured this shot of the JNC wagon weighed down to the bumpstops with magazines, our booth and assorted gear.