Super Street’s been going to Tokyo Auto Salon for over a decade to check out what Japan’s best tuners have been up to. RE Amemiya, Blitz, Top Secret, Greddy/Trust – the list goes on and on. Being this is my fourth TAS experience, I find myself looking for the hidden gems at the show, the shops not in the spotlight, the cars without prime real estate, stuff you won’t find whored out on social media, which is why I got pretty damn excited when I came across this ’88 Nissan Caravan.
First off, I wouldn’t say I’m a connoisseur of vans by any means, but I do appreciate hard work and when people think outside of the box, which is what this ambulance-themed Caravan is all about. It’s built by Wiz Gastom Builder, which is actually an automotive college. Two teachers and their students put together this unusual project, which is actually the 10th concept vehicle the school has completed (you can see photos of their drag race Toyota Prius from last year’s coverage here).
The work on this Caravan is simply amazing. The roof has been chopped 10 inches, while an SR20DET out of a Silvia was swapped in – not under the hood but right behind the front seats. The motor is mated to an automatic transmission as well. Other cool features include air suspension from AirREX; the management is set up on the passenger side, much like how compartments would be in an ambulance. There’s also a custom stretcher made from scratch to complement the van’s theme. The wheels are 18x8-inch front, 18x9.5-inch Work Seeker NXs. I especially dig how the floors were cut in order to fit the front wheels and get the van’s stance so low.
I literally could have spent hours staring at this van. It just might be my favorite car of the show! Mad props and respect goes to Wiz Gastom Builder for allowing their students to have wild imaginations and building something so incredible.