Our local car culture reveres the Japanese Domestic Market or ‘JDM’ as you all know it, as the style bible of automotive modification. Such is the command of what the Japanese do to their cars that the rest of the world waits at bated breath to see what they’ll do next with the latest models to roll out of the factory. What if we told you though that what you see on the internet is only what you want to see out of Japan? What if we told you that they too have some highly controversial nay, questionable builds that enter the shows? Here we’ll go over some of the crazy ridiculous vehicles we’ve encountered at the uninhibited halls of Osaka Automesse.
Let’s start off with something relatively simple: Nose swapping. At shows like these, you will find cars that have experimented with the bounds of imagination and what can potentially be possible to completely alter its look. When you look at the rear of this 350Z from Vivid Luster you can already tell that the car was built to be wild. Deep metallic purple paint, overfenders, deep-dish wheels and a giant spoiler all point towards the go-to parts that make this car stand out… and then you go over to the front.
That’s right, they’ve swapped a full Toyota 86 front end onto this 350Z that somewhat makes you question if it truly fits there. The necessary modifications to the fenders and the bonnet appear to make up for the short nose of the 86 bumper and thus appear to be a bit trying-hard to make it all work. Definitely something creative for sure though.
From what we understand this exhaust-laden Toyota Crown is a demo-car of an exhaust shop. They’ve literally put everything they can do with muffler work onto the rear section of one car to show that they can do all of those things – all the way down to the massive jet-like pieces that cut right through the bumper. We’ll tell you one thing though, this car was exhausting to look at.
The appeal of supercars from Italy has stretched towards the bedroom posters and dreams of many folks around the world. The difference here in Japan is, not only are they able to actually buy these supercars and modify them, but they can also turn any car into one that looks like a car from Sant’agata or Maranello. Who would have thought you can make out a Lamborghini Urus from a Toyota RAV4 or a Ferrari 430 Scuderia from a Toyota Prius? Well, these folks certainly did. Now let’s see if Ferrari will care to send them a Cease and Desist order for their creations as well.
When entering a car show people tend to forget the purpose of the cars being there: to grab your attention. There are some cars that do this by being meticulously detailed, being rare, or being wild with aesthetics. Some, however, appeal to the other senses to get a crowd going. No, nobody has yet to make any edible aero pieces, but this Toyota Crown went all-out with modifying its sound system to the point of barely having any space for passengers – let alone a driver. Despite all the heavy subwoofers and speakers around the car, its setup produced loud and clear music courtesy of a DJ manning the booth behind the car. Impressive as far as audio setups go, to say the least.
Japan, being a global powerhouse in the automotive industry, finds various ways to cultivate their youth towards engineering and the arts of automotive design. Such is their efforts to pass the torch of vehicular prowess to the next generation that they will have students create an actual vehicle for shows like Osaka Automesse or the Tokyo Auto Salon. In this case, Nissan Automotive Technical College Kyoto had their students create a… uh… this. What started out as a Nissan Juke turned into the meshing of Nissan’s Vision Gran Turismo car and, well, a Juke. Taking cues from the fictional vehicle and grafting it towards the Juke’s already-oddly shaped front end certainly raises a lot of eyebrows – even more so with the scissor doors raised high and proud. You have to hand it to the students who made this though, I mean what were you doing during your university years huh?
Ultimately, Japan is truly the home to the ultimate form of automotive expression. Whether it be our cups of tea with the Supras, Skylines, and Civics all the way to the oddities we’ve presented here, there will always be definitely something that gets people talking at shows like these all in the name of entertainment.
At the end of the day, isn’t that the point of going to a car show?