2021 Japanese Classic Car Show: Toyota, Mazda, Honda, and More

2021 Japanese Classic Car Show: Toyota, Mazda, Honda, and More

11/08/2021

In part 1 of our Japanese Classic Car Show coverage, we gave you a huge gallery of Datsun/Nissan builds—and that was but a portion of the cars on hand for the 16th annual celebration of vintage Japanese vehicles. There was plenty more to see from Mazda, Honda, Toyota, and more.

Part of the reason for the substantial growth JCCS has experienced, especially in the last five years, has to do with younger fans being exposed to and hooked on these classic platforms. Add to that the fact that many early ’90s favorites are now in their 30s (that’s right, you’re getting old) and you have the recipe for a massive turnout from both car owners and spectators.

Improving the look of the sultry FD RX-7 without going too far is a lost art, and one that wasn’t lost on this beauty. Smothered in clean black paint, the vented fender treatment is almost hidden in plain sight, as is the rear quarter panel over-fenders – neither upsetting Mazda’s original lines.

The Celica GT Four is a rarity. Turbocharged and all-wheel-drive right out of the box, it was a homologation special, and this model was never offered in the U.S. This one is in excellent condition and covered in Castrol livery just like the rally cars of yesteryear.

At JCCS, you might even run into two rare Celicas just a few feet away from one another…

It’s not uncommon for vehicles of JCCS to use hard to find parts that carry a greater value than the car they’re attached to. Take this CRX Si, for example. The body is in pristine condition and these cars are extremely tough to find that way, but the six-piece Mugen aero kit, muffler, and MR5 wheels have been discontinued for decades and their value has skyrocketed.

To give the classic, bite-size Startlet an entirely new attitude, huge over-fenders are paint matched and bolted in place, the front set spilling into the front air dam. Fluted fender mirrors and gunmetal Watanabe wheels complete the package.

Not unlike S-chassis builds or Z-cars, there are a solid number of modified ’80s-era Corolla to be seen, but many are inherently rough around the edges. This one, however, is not. The clean grey paint that covers the low front lip, add-on flares, and decklid wing flow nicely with gold Work Equip 03s.

Not far away, this right-hand-drive Levin was yet another shining example of this chassis and a reminder of why it was a beloved chassis well before the push it got from the anime world.

At one time, the sight of a second-generation Integra parked at JCCS sparked a bit of controversy, as event regulars didn’t see the 1990-93 chassis as being old enough to be considered worthy of taking part. Years later, the DA/DB2 chassis has become a staple within the annual show and has since multiplied. Custom SSR Neo wheels with Jasper Green paint touches to match the original paint on this one-owner DA make for a truly one-of-a-kind combination. Other highlights include the authentic Mugen sideskirts, rear wing, and exhaust.

This Aztec Green Pearl GS-R features 15-inch Mugen RnR, JDP Engineering front lip, and turbo motivation.

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