EURO was a surprise here today as there were only approximately 40 cars in total on display. I think there were a total of….3 EURO there? The first one I came across was this Porsche Boxster, simplicity is sometimes the best and this is a nice example of that. Truthfully, I never really liked the Boxster before this shape but now it’s getting my attention a bit and with this GT decal and little added front bumper aero part I think it’s just about right.
The new and the old. Yeah, it’s always nice to see the classics and other cars from the past decade all dressed up but what about some of the modern cars on offer these days? This is the new Toyota Prius….yes, still no good in the looks department but when aftermarket companies get their hands on them it becomes a slightly different story. I think it’s great that these companies are doing something to help give some of these hybrid cars some cred but I still wouldn’t go out and buy one. One company that is making nice parts is Rowen, nice exhaust systems.
Moving on. I’m going to have a guess here and say Toyota (in some cases Lexus if you’re outside Japan/haven’t imported) is probably the most preferred choice when it comes to VIP and other customizing. Favorites are probably the Toyota Crown, Celsior, Aristo…hmmm and maybe the MarkX…not too sure about that last one though.
Here’s one example of a Celsior, so clean with that paintwork, those wheels, the fitment and the custom bodywork. I love this example, it must be one of my favorite kind of custom work on VIP builds.
Sitting right next to this Celsior was one of the various Aristo builds on display, yet another fine example of what people do when thinking about how to stand out and impress viewers. Just a hint of simplicity on this one by today’s standards but abain, I love the paintwork, the fitment and how the owner has incorporated the chrome touches. I’m not a fan of that much camber nor chrome but I respect what the owner has done. Very nice!
Here’s another Lexus GS300 with something of a little different widebody kit. Do I like this? Hmm, I do and I don’t, it’s all clean but I’m not too sure about the overall look with those rear fenders. To me it looks like it either has a little too much for the rest of the car or then again maybe it needs more work doing to it to give those rear fenders a little more of a wild appearance. Respect none the less for the owner’s choice of style.
Toyota Crown GRS180 is a hugely popular choice for people when it comes to VIP style in Japan. They’re becoming increasingly cheaper to purchase (for higher mileage ones) and the amount of customization that can be done to them and the amount of readily available aftermarket parts is unreal.
Practical having leather door mirrors? Most probably not due to the extreme heat in the summer here in Japan, the occasionally frigid temperatures in the winter and the rainy season, that leather would be ruined in no time. Saying that though, I’ve never seen this done on another car before and it didn’t look too bad. Kudos to the owner for originality.
Now, I’m not a Mercedes fan unless it’s a ballistic AMG model and I’m not including the fugly shape like this one. The only things I really liked on this were the wheels, disks and the calipers.
Here’s one example of another Toyota Crown GRS180 and the customization that can go into it. Ok, painwork can be done on any car but as you walk around this it looked like the owner had a serious plan on how he wanted it to look.
Do you notice this wing from anywhere?
It’s from the silver R35 GTR that so many people have posted all over social media. We have a post from Nagoya’s Showdown and tuning event where the silver one was on display along side an all black one without the fancy patterns and this wing. The company is KUHL Racing. They became popular due to the kit they made for the GTR and that pattern you see here on this swan-wing designed….wing. Not sure this wing suits this car though…the lines seem a bit wrong but then again originality is what counts at the end of the day for the owner and what he/she wants to drive around in. Built for you.
Back to the 660cc pocket sized daily runaround cars. When I see custom work on cars here in Japan I get the feeling that people are just getting bored already with everyday similar work done on them. I think they are so bored that this is the reason we see the weird n wonderful side of custom cars and Japan IS the number one place for this, probably due to the fact that Japan can pretty much be weird at times yet still wonderful at the same time. Just take a look at this car below for example.
Overdone diffuser, half a…maybe….Garfield sticking out of the number plate (not sure why the owner thinks this is physically possible), maaaaad exhaust system and, wait for it, in a photo down below….
…yes, removing the rear wiper arm, pretty common move on many people’s part BUT replacing it with a tap? I don’t know about you guys but this is a first for me and I don’t understand the logic behind it. do we need to know the logic behind it? Maybe not because it’s what the owner has decide on and maybe only he/she knows the connection (if any) and it’s rare as you dare.
But then we get to the wonderful side of things with the engine tuning, paintwork, colour coded trims here and there and down to things like the graffiti under the bonnet.
This is a Toyota Mark X GRX120, it’s the same car that I have. They have become amazingly cheap to buy now and slowly but surely more and more companies are making a slightly wider variety of aftermarket parts for them, unfortunately not much available on the engine tuning abilities for these though. To be honest, if you want one to stand out and look remotely interesting, you need to blow a bit of your hard earned cash and get “one-off” work done on them. I just wish I had that cash and that much love for my car to do that amount of work on it.
What some people have done is to pull away from the typical VIP whip style and do a 1JZ-GTE or 2JZ-GTE engine swap from a Toyota Chaser. Slips right in that little tiger and we all know what you can do to those engines! Turns it into a nice drift rod….. If I had the cash, I’d plonk one in there right now.
The big family VIP wagon, for those with either….a big family, who just love big daily vehicles, who like the VIP scene to enjoy with lots of friends, no home to live in or just to fill every little gap they find inside one of these to deck out with a massive sound system.
Just looks like a MASSIVE ghetto blaster from the 1980’s! My daughter was now complaining that the inside of here body feels weird and her heart felt like it had irregular heart beats. I understood once I looked at our clothes moving with the bass from this.
Those two oval pipes on the top shelf there are exhaust tips which were used for additional sound. Something different done again there!
Well, that brings us to the end of part two of our coverage of this DressUp & VIP event. Pt.3 coming up soon and stayed tuned for our coverage at yet another event from Nagoya Port Messe’s AutoFestival.
Photos by: Giulio D’Aliesio