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2020 Tokyo Auto Salon Set-Up Day, Pt. 2

Sick Celsior, wide NSX, tiny 2000GT, and millions of dollars’ worth of exotics await show goers

Bob Hernandez
Jan 10, 2020
Photographer : Sam Du

The 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon is go! As we write this, the doors to the Makuhari Messe convention center have been flung open to the waiting crowds, who have surely been whipped into a frenzy by now, drooling over the show cars and booth pros. But while it's Friday morning there, it's only Thursday night here, and we're trying to push out this last album of candids from inside the halls in Chiba - and excited, too, because these early galleries suggest another awesome show is on deck.

K Break Lexus Photo 65/65   |   2020 Tokyo Auto Salon Set-Up Day, Pt. 2

We don't get the Toyota Century in the US, but we do get the Lexus LS, which is what this familial imposter is in the States, in Japan referred to as a Celsior. A G60-generation Century nose has been grafted onto the body of thgis XF20, and it kinda has a weird Chrysler 300C vibe to it - we loved it so much, we featured the VIP car back in 2012. The sedan is stanced out damn near perfectly and rolling on a set of K-Break's Hybreed Fivesta rims these days.

Liberty Walk NSX Photo 65/65   |   2020 Tokyo Auto Salon Set-Up Day, Pt. 2

We started off the week bugging out a little over Liberty Walk's new aero kit for the R35 GT-R, but what we really wanted to see was the finished development on the first-gen. NSX gear - and here she is, and it looks pretty legit. We still have yet to learn what all the kit includes, or how much width the overfenders add (or the all-important cost of everything), but entirely in black the sports car looks buff. We're still on the fence about that front lip, but we wouldn't be surprised if this became a popular option for NSX owners (provided it's not an arm and a leg to pick up).

F50 Photo 65/65   |   2020 Tokyo Auto Salon Set-Up Day, Pt. 2
CLK GTR XJR 15 Photo 65/65   |   2020 Tokyo Auto Salon Set-Up Day, Pt. 2

Robertuta is an air-ride suspension company and set up some extremely rare supercars in its booth, like the Ferrari F50 above, which is 1 of only 349 ever made. The mid-'90s mid-engine V12 exotic had some impressive super-limited company, too, in a Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Stra en that is 1 of 30 and a Jaguar XJR-15 that's 1 of only 50 ever produced.

NATS 2000GT Miata Photo 65/65   |   2020 Tokyo Auto Salon Set-Up Day, Pt. 2
NATS kei firetruck Photo 65/65   |   2020 Tokyo Auto Salon Set-Up Day, Pt. 2

Hey, NATS fam! We previewed a few of the technical college's student projects earlier in the week, but this was the first time we got to experience the entire lot of them up close, and true to form we saw some real outside-the-box builds that included a kei-car firetruck and a roadster transformed into the smallest Toyota 2000GT knockoff ever. The student body at Nihon Automobile College can never be accused of having a lack of imagination - more from the 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon tomorrow!

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