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Old-School Cars – Tokyo Auto Salon 2017

Nostalgic rides converge on TAS

Jan 14, 2017

It takes a while to comprehend the complexity of Japanese culture, at least for a person on the outside looking in. Japan is a place that thrives on finding the perfect balance of bold and simple, new and old. They are extremely vigilant when it comes to maintaining tradition, but open to innovate when needed. Tokyo Auto Salon, held every year at the Makuhari Messe Convention Center, is a testament to embracing the past, and is the perfect place to get a taste of Japan’s harmonious car culture.

The car builders of Japan never fail to fascinate us. There are standouts, like Impulse, who effortlessly swap Toyota 86 transmissions into Truenos. Kato-San of Liberty Walk, famous for building extreme exotics, still has the utmost respect for the classics. This year he revealed a wider-than-hell Mazda RX-3 that brought in the crowds.

One car that caught us by surprise was the Triumph TR3 at the Work Wheels booth. Owned by the late Takeshi Tanaka, founder of Work Wheels, it was restored for this year’s show. Legendary aero maker Kei Miura designed the subtle flares, and it’s rolling on the latest Work Equip 40.

You can’t deny the cool factor that comes with some of these classic Japanese icons. We only wish we could hear these classics drive by.

  |   R31 Skyline Wgon Front
  |   You don’t have to say it, because we’re thinking the same thing: we too want to get our hands on an Skyline wagon like this beauty from R31 House.
  |   Re Amemiya Rc Front
  |   It wouldn’t be a show without RE Amemiya. This bright green FC is a shining example of the legendary tuner’s ability.
  |   Parked next to cars available only to the highest of tax bracket dwellers, this RX-3, fitted with massive over-fenders, stood out like, well, a bright yellow old-school Mazda next to a bunch of Lamborghinis.
  |   The Triumph in Work Wheels’ booth, owned by the late Takeshi Tanaka, earned every bit of praise it received throughout the day. Absolutely stunning.
  |   A little of the old, a little of the new…
  |   Nissan Z Duo Front
  |   Skyline Coupe Star Road
Jofel Tolosa
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