Following up on our Nostalgic 2 Days coverage, I’ve been saving this little extra collection of a few of my favourite Nissan Fairlady Zs and ‘Kenmeri’ Skylines to share on here! There were so many of these particular cars at the show that I just couldn’t manage to fit them all into the first post…
I’ll let the photos do most of the talking, but here are some of the drool-worthy Zs on Glow Star wheels that Star Road had on show. I was lucky enough to visit their Tokyo-based workshop earlier last year!
Z432 anyone? If you don’t know a lot about vintage Nissans you might not know the value of these particular cars; they’re super rare, ultra desirable and very expensive in comparison to a regular Fairlady/Datsun Z car.
It’s this badge you’ve got to look out for. 432s are powered by Nissan’s S20 engine – the same engine you’ll find under the hood of a genuine Hakosuka GT-R.
There was another Z432 on the RS Start stand too. Fun fact – the numbers ‘432’ stand for 4 valves per cylinder, 3 carburettors and 2 camshafts.
Okay, last orange Z, I promise. This example by Speed Forme features their own carbon fibre fenders and body kit.
Personally I’m not a huge fan of the Pandem Rocket Bunny S30 kit (I’m not saying I don’t like it, I just don’t love it) but this Z from another Saitama-based shop, Mizukami Auto, was a definite stand-out.
I remember seeing somewhere that these are actually custom-made bespoke wheels (although I can’t recall exactly where I read this – I’m sure I saw it on Facebook somewhere!)
And here’s the Japan original Pandem-kitted Z on the Number 7/Watanabe Racing stand. I love the paint on this car.
Nothing beats a classic ‘Ken & Mary’ or Kenmeri Skyline. It’s amazing just how much of the original fenders get cut out for those flares to be fitted, right?
A lot of cars there were actually for sale. I didn’t even bother doing the currency conversions – it’s so mental how much both classic Hakosukas and Kenmeris have gone up in value in the last 5 years!
Lastly, this is quite a well-known car – the Kitagawa Kenmeri or ‘Ranmeri’. It was super cool to see this in person!
That’s it for now – I hope you’ve enjoyed these posts from the Nostalgic 2 Days show, and if you can make it along next year I’d really recommend it. It truly was Nostalgic Japanese car heaven!
Original post from April 8, 2017 by Taryn Croucher