The Tokyo Nostalgic Car Show took place at the bizarre inverted ziggurat known as Big Sight convention center last weekend. The annual event isn’t limited to Japanese classics, and this year focused on high end Italian exotics. Ho-hum, right? But like the trooper he is, Skorj was on location with a camera getting up close and personal with some of Japan’s top nostalgics.
Japanese license plates don’t have letters, just numbers. So vanity plates are usually limited to the numerical characters of the chassis code. In the case of the TE27 Toyota Corolla Levin it works out perfectly because like the hachiroku, its nickname is simply the ninana, “two seven” in Nihongo.
With an overwhelming presence of Italian machinery, Skorj took the camera outside to where the real action was, Big Sight’s parking area. Is it just his excellecnt photography or does the front end of this other ninana gleam like a spanking new showroom model? The piercing headlights are positively jewel-like and his low perspective captures the exquisite floating grille wonderfully.
In contrast, its successor, the heroic AE86, has a starker visage, epitomizing the straight-edged 80s aesthetic. Again, the vanity plate says only “hachiroku.” The panda paint scheme in monochrome makes it look as if a light dusting of snow has covered the car.
The B110 Sunny, Nissan’s answer to the Corolla, sporting a decidedly new school hamburger badge. Though sanitora pickups were built well into the 90s, this round-lighted mug wears the trapezoidal grilled of the older models.
It’s tempting to add external gewgaws to a car one is customizing, but when it comes right down to it cleanliness is next to godliness. No chin spoiler, no fog lights, just smooth, clean-shaven valance makes this shakotan kenmeri Skyline an absolute stunner.
This is a view rarely seen of G-nosed Zs, showing off the subtle taper of the headlight coves. The vanity plate is a curious homage, as the prevailing nomenclature for the S30 chassis in Japan is still Fairlady Z. Also, look to the right — I’ll have to impart on Skorj the importance of not skipping over Mark II/Cressida wagons next time!
Skorj is a photographer/journalist living in Japan. You can see more of his work at Magnesium Photos.