We were quite taken by this Hakosuka when we came across it in 2016, even though it might just be one of the rattiest examples to set a wheel into a car show. But, there’s a reason for its battle-scarred appearance — it’s a drift car.
In this recent Hot Version video, they catch up with the owner, Tojo-san. He reveals that the chose this car for his tail-out antics because of Shakotan Boogie. Though the Hakosuka was known for inspiring the art of drifting at the hands of Kunimitsu Takahashi, to get the car to handle on a modern drift circuit Tojo-san had to make some heavy modifications like relocating the struts.
For the track, it has thankfully shed its dry-rotted, but incredibly rare Bridgestone RA-300 tires. Amazingly, it still runs an L-series and is not without a sense of humor. On the valve cover where “Nissan” should be, it reads ossan, which means “old man” in Japanese.