Old Tokyo photos oozing with Japanese nostalgic cars


We recently stumbled upon a thread of old Tokyo photos on the architecture site SkyscraperCity. Though the focus was the buildings, we came for the cars. Just look at these pictures and dream of being amongst these machines when they were still new. 

Kabukiza Theater 1983-85

Kabukiza Theater (early 1980s) by Gregory Melle.

Ikebukuro 1983-85

Ikebukuro (early 1980s) by Gregory Melle.

Tokyo 1969

Sunday Shopping (1969) by John Rellis.

National Diet 1969 John Rellis

National Diet Building (1969) by John Rellis.


Temple (1971) by George Lane.


Monorail (1971) by George Lane.


Wires (1971) by George Lane.


Trolley (1971) by George Lane.

Nissan 126X

Nissan (1971) by George Lane.

This is the 1970 Nissan 126X concept car, on display at the Nissan Ginza Gallery.


Traffic (1971) by George Lane.

Streetcar Futokoroso

Streetcar Futokoroso (1972) by Byu.

For more great shots, not necessarily with cars included, check out this thread.

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14 Responses to Old Tokyo photos oozing with Japanese nostalgic cars

  1. Kuroneko said:

    Tremendous! As a kyusha otaku and a Tokyo-ite, both… Neko.

  2. Nigel said:

    Crowns everywhere…very cool. And many B110’s.
    Think I see a Pontiac in the second to last photo.

    If I had a 126X I would park it on shag carpet also.

  3. Derrick said:

    Very cool . I spot a datsun 1000 4door 🙂

  4. Brad D. said:

    Love the pic titled ‘wires’ with that first gen Gallant. Great shot.

  5. Nico said:

    More of these photos please!

  6. Toyotageek said:

    Please start a Flashback Friday feature 🙂

  7. Jim Bartalone said:

    What’s a Pontiac Lemans doing in 1970’s Japan?

  8. gaijinshogun said:

    Great Pics! Loved riding the Haneda Monorail, and that pic is exactly as I remembered it.

    It was sad to see the classic city street cars quickly eliminated in the 70’s. The taxi cabs would cheat and pass cars by going on their cobblestone lined tracks, and the tires on the cobblestones made such a cool sound.

  9. LB said:

    F**k, that’s my childhood right there!!

  10. Shamus said:

    That’s a G130 Cedric in the last photo behind the white 1600. Would have loved to see one as new…

  11. pstar said:

    Ive been a member of ssc for around 10 years now. Good site, but it used to be a lot more active/better. Good thread though.

  12. biglarge83 said:

    If anyone doesnt already know if you watch Jacki Chan’s Oh my Lucky Stars in the opening scene there are Kenmary skylines other old datsuns and old mistus.

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