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Tokyo Auto Salon '18 - The Parking Lot

The show just outside the show

Rodrez
Jan 18, 2018
Photographer: David Ishikawa

If you've gone through our coverage of the 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon thus far (links below if you haven't), then you know just how serious this event really is. Big time Japanese tuning firms sharing floor space with small, lesser known mom and pop style performance shops and even some OEMs, displaying their prized ponies on one of the biggest stages in the aftermarket world. However, before you make your way through those convention center doors to take it all in, there's an entire parking lot packed with custom cars driven by TAS show goers. And while he was focused on gathering as much of the big show as possible for you, our triggerman in Japan, David Ishikawa, made his way to the surrounding parking areas to pick up a few additional gems. Enjoy...

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2018 tokyo auto salon parking lot honda NSX nissan GTR Photo 2/64   |   2018 Tokyo Auto Salon Parking Lot Honda NSX Nissan GTR

It's pretty rare to see either of these on their own, and even less common to catch them side by side.

2018 tokyo auto salon parking lot exotics Photo 3/64   |   2018 Tokyo Auto Salon Parking Lot Exotics

Baller parking only

2018 tokyo auto salon parking lot toyota estima Photo 4/64   |   2018 Tokyo Auto Salon Parking Lot Toyota Estima

Van culture is very strong in Japan and you could find custom examples in and outside of TAS. This Toyota Estima sports a shaved hatch with a new wing up top and a wild rear bumper that surrounds its quad-exhaust tip setup.

2018 tokyo auto salon parking lot datsun bluebird Photo 5/64   |   2018 Tokyo Auto Salon Parking Lot Datsun Bluebird
2018 tokyo auto salon parking lot datsun bluebird Photo 6/64   |   2018 Tokyo Auto Salon Parking Lot Datsun Bluebird

The old-school feel of this mustard paint color is fitting for this beautifully restored classic Bluebird sedan.

2018 tokyo auto salon parking lot nissan gtrs Photo 7/64   |   2018 Tokyo Auto Salon Parking Lot Nissan Gtrs
2018 tokyo auto salon parking lot nissan r35s Photo 8/64   |   2018 Tokyo Auto Salon Parking Lot Nissan R35s

Opposite ends of the tuning spectrum represented in these two photos...

2018 tokyo auto salon parking lot r30 skyline coupe Photo 9/64   |   2018 Tokyo Auto Salon Parking Lot R30 Skyline Coupe

This R30 Skyline looks as if it just rolled out of the dealership's showroom.

2018 tokyo auto salon parking lot pancross porsche Photo 10/64   |   2018 Tokyo Auto Salon Parking Lot Pancross Porsche
2018 tokyo auto salon parking lot pancross porsche Photo 11/64   |   2018 Tokyo Auto Salon Parking Lot Pancross Porsche

The Pancross "Old and New" conversion for the Porsche 997 was all the rage at last year's TAS and the 2016 SEMA Show, and still represents a drastic step away from the car's original body lines.

2018 tokyo auto salon parking lot supra Photo 12/64   |   2018 Tokyo Auto Salon Parking Lot Supra

This vinyl-wrapped MkIV Supra looked to be armed to the teeth

2018 tokyo auto salon parking lot widebody r35 Photo 13/64   |   2018 Tokyo Auto Salon Parking Lot Widebody R35
2018 tokyo auto salon parking lot pandem rx7 Photo 29/64   |   2018 Tokyo Auto Salon Parking Lot Pandem Rx7
2018 tokyo auto salon parking lot mitsubishi mirage wagon Photo 48/64   |   2018 Tokyo Auto Salon Parking Lot Mitsubishi Mirage Wagon
2018 tokyo auto salon parking lot junction produce toyota celsior Photo 64/64   |   2018 Tokyo Auto Salon Parking Lot Junction Produce Toyota Celsior
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