Exclusively Pre-1990s cars only
Pristine restorations and wild retrofitted engines
Fatlace debuts newest F Zero Wheels
If you want to witness the process of a man falling in love with machine, the Japanese Classic Car Show is the place it will happen. Once a year a multitude of pre-1990 cars flock beside the retired Queen Mary ocean liner in Long Beach, California for a day of family fun and nostalgia. The special event is now in its 9th year and has continued to grow in terms of cars and spectators. This year saw a diverse crowd that included everyone from old Filipinos with their exceptionally pristine Toyotas to young adults with their retro engine swapped Datsuns. Historic cars were the topic of conversation with much wisdom and stories to be heard from those that have followed the tuner scene for decades. You won't find another show like this in California, which is why you'll find us here every single year. If you ever have the chance, come in the early morning to hear these things roll into the park or wait until the end when they leave - it'll be love at first sight I promise.
One of the dominant makes of the show was the Nissan/Datsun crowd. Though there were dozens of them these 5 cars made us drool the most. Here are a handful of the best Nissan/Datsun cars we ran into this past weekend.
Okay we admit it; we sort of have an S30 chassis fixation. But you can't blame us, the bodylines still resound in the modernized Nissan 370Z. So it can't just be us! You don't have to be a Japanese classic car aficionado to see that this car is special. This Z is painted in beautiful dark silver with the quintessential fender flares that compliments any old-school ride.
One of the questions that classic car owners are faced with is should they keep the engine classic or swap it with a more modern powerplant? This C110 Kenmeri or 1972-1977 Nissan Skyline chose the classic route and stayed with the original 2.0L L20. The engine bay is so pristine you wouldn't believe this car is over 30 years old. And if this thing wasn't cool enough, it has individual throttle bodies and classic Watanabe shoes!
Typically, the shows at the Queen Mary Park are split between two sections: Asphalt and the grass section. A few steps into the grass section was this blue Yokohama Tire Datsun 240Z. The S30 was rocking sexy Work Meister CR-01 wheels tucked under massive fender flares. This car is JDM styling at its best.
Another popular car to restore is the Datsun 510. Just like many of the Hondas today, many Nissan/Datsun parts are interchangeable. Trends may come and go, but a retrofitted SR20 engine will never be lame. The factory turbo unit is replaced by a gigantic Garrett turbo. Yes, it's kind of awesome.
You've probably seen this one back in our June 2012 issue. While many would go for the Hakosuka, Felix opted for the Kenmeri. Since finding a GT-R Kenmeri is like winning the lottery, the best many can do is make it look like a GT-R. That day Fatlace also debuted its newest wheels, the F Zero 1. They have a timeless JDM appearance and are made by Japanese wheel company AME Wheels.
Oh, hay are you single?
GO VIKINGS!!! LOL
Datsun z ?
*make a wish for santa to give me that one*
Ryan Ritz Foreign muscle
Fresh write up- I'm flattered to have my car featured on superstreetonline, even more surprised to take 1st place for best Skyline!!! lol, my kenmeri pictured above is actually a GC111 GT-X/ GTR clone. I had the engine swapped before I left Japan to an L28 with some old Mikuni 44phh carbs.
OMG IM I LOVE
make that a little longer and 2 more seats and i would agree =P
old school love it
280 zx que carro era mi sueno en esa epoca
Mark Brown this is what you could do with that red 280ZX I sent you the link to.
Fair lady z
Evil Z !!!!
love this so MUCH!!!
Chealsea Erinn Brown
my uncle had to that where in mint conidition then he got married and u know wifes do like us men to have there toys lol
Cris Yang is this ur dream hahaha
Bad boy right hurr
One of my favorites!~
what year is this???
Downtown Long Beach!
Long beach: )
eric I saw this earlier shits sweet