We'll make any excuse to go to northern California. It's very likely that someone up there is building a car that's uniquely NorCal. Just like Japan, a different region will often yield a different style. Autocon's second stop of '16 took place at the San Mateo Convention Center in Silicon Valley of San Francisco, Calif., and as usual brought out the finest cars in the area. But of course, there were some that stood out more than others. Here are seven of the coolest cars you missed out on during Autocon San Francisco.
Marvic San Juan's '87 Toyota Corolla FX16
Everyone knows the AE86, but few know about the Corolla FX16. Toyota casually put their high revving 4A-GE into a front wheel drive Corolla and just like its AE86 brother, the FX16 shined in the handling department. Marvic's Corolla embraced the old school styling with fender flares and a set of Volk Racing TE37Vs.
Lloyd Morales' '96 Nissan 240SX
This is without a doubt one of the best builds to come out of Northern California. Lloyd Morales' S14 has top shelf JDM parts and didn't sell his car after he got his feature in Super Street. Lloyd tells us he's adding a few more safety parts from Willans and is planning to do other small changes here and there.
William Estrada's '69 Toyota Corolla
We're suckers for a restomod. William took his first gen Corolla KE10, stuffed a 20V 4A-GE motor into it and now this thing must sound amazing on the road. Be sure to check out his feature soon!
Dennis Houth's '03 Nissan 350Z
If you're a JDM nut, this Z was the car to see at Autocon. It's currently the only Z in the States with a Mercury Auto widebody kit. It has coilovers, seats and a steering wheel from KRC Japan's tuning division called Revolver. You've got to love those Work Meister M1Rs.
Dan Melchner's BMW 2002
Not for the purist at heart, this classic BMW 2002 is powered by Honda's legendary S2000 motor. The S2000 theme is continued throughout the interior with a dash cluster and center console conversion.
Adrian Gonzales' Honda Civic Sedan
You wouldn't know it by looking at the exterior, but this is a 10-second car. With a full interior, this Civic sedan would be the ultimate sleeper if it didn't have drag slicks up front to drop the hint.
Chuckles Garage '49 Ford F1 Truck
Toyo Tires always rolls deep. This time they brought out a crazy'49 Ford Truck estimated to be making 1,200hp! Don't be fooled by its exterior; its patina look is painted on to hide the tube frame.