The Big, Small, Weird & Wonderful At Tokyo Auto Salon 2024

The Big, Small, Weird & Wonderful At Tokyo Auto Salon 2024


I do know, we’re all right here for the tuner automobiles from the most important names within the Japanese automotive aftermarket, however for some motive, being a automobile nerd means having an unhealthy curiosity in bizarre, outsized and undersized vehicles too. Autos that typically make no sense in any respect.

If there’s one factor you possibly can rely on from Tokyo Auto Salon, it’s the large, small, extraordinary. And the 2024 event was no completely different.


Possibly we’re not all this fashion inclined, however we all know from earlier TAS protection on Speedhunters that there’s loads of curiosity within the different sides of this large occasion.


Let’s begin off with the outsized SUVs and pickups. Whereas largely designed for off-road use, right here in Japan these autos usually spend their lives as gargantuan grocery getters, taking on two automobile areas and getting caught beneath low bridges.

Off-road model isn’t simply reserved for the anticipated makes and fashions both. AutoVeloce in Shiga usually design and construct physique kits for supercars, however they’ve actually gone off the overwhelmed path with their Cross-V Bentley Bentayga.


If you’re feeling like a little bit of a metropolis escape, why not ask Direct Automobiles to whip you up one in all their BR75 Hilux SUV journey campers. It received a Good Design award final 12 months, which isn’t in any respect stunning contemplating the environment friendly use of area, which sleeps 4.


Subsequent up are the little ones – metropolis automobiles which have mutated into all types of issues. There’s nothing these kei machines can’t do.


As an illustration, DAMD will flip your Suzuki Jimny into an superior Renault Turbo II or Lancia Integrale look-alike.


Or you possibly can ask United Aomori to remodel your kei truck right into a rolling sauna. As a result of who wouldn’t need a kind of?!

We noticed this rotary-converted 1972 Mazda Chantez GF-II from Goda Bankin in Nagano finally 12 months’s Tokyo Auto Salon, however how might we not take one other look?! With a TD06-equipped 13B from RE Amemiya up entrance and fender flares nearly as vast because the automobile itself, traditional kei automobiles don’t come any wilder.


Professional-Workers is a 4×4 specialist from Osaka who builds a whole lot of customized kei automobiles and vehicles for off-road use – or model at the very least. Having additionally modified Porsche Cayennes for further off-road-ability, their newest mission is a lifted Porsche Boxster 986 drop high with bash bars entrance, facet and rear.


Tokyo Auto Salon all the time has its fair proportion of the weird, and this 12 months there was loads of head-scratchers and some builds that might empty your abdomen submit haste. However we love all of them.


Constructed by college students at Shizuoka Skilled School Of Car Expertise Sports activities (SAT’S for brief), the Hoty Roty is a modified HH4 Honda Acty Avenue kei van physique with American sizzling rod styling, sat over a customized chassis that includes Components Suzuki Hayabusa underpinnings. The Acty physique has been lengthened, widened, chopped and sectioned, whereas the Components Suzuki Hayabusa’s GSX1300R engine – which is sweet for 237hp – sits proper behind the driving force’s seat to energy up the large rear slicks. This factor is loopy!

Parked alongside the Hoty Roty was one other faculty construct, this time from the Worldwide Info Expertise and Car School in Fukushima. There have been two inspirations for this V36 Skyline Coupe-based construct – Nissan’s iconic Skyline Tremendous Silhouette race automobile, and Machine RS-1 from the Eighties Japanese tv sequence Western Police.


Obayashi Manufacturing unit in Ome are well-known for his or her loopy customized builds, however their Monster Leaf Customized 2230, which options wild, futuristic physique work and hydraulic doorways and roof is simply subsequent stage.


This all brings to Nihon Automotive School, in any other case recognized NATS, an acronym for Nihon Automotive Expertise College. Their Tokyo Auto Salon sales space by no means disappoints, and for 2024 there have been three actual standouts, beginning with the NATS Corona-OG. Primarily based on an RT20 Nissan Corona, the automobile’s pupil builders appeared to American customized tradition for inspiration. With lead sled design cues and lowrider-esque hydraulic suspension from Skipper, it’s a tremendous construct.


Subsequent up is the Phantom Chibi Meri, which NATS college students original in Kenmeri Skyline model from a 1983 Suzuki Mighty Boy .


Final however not least is a automobile you’re certain to have seen someplace on-line over the previous week – the NATS Jimny J1. It could appear to be a Hummer H1 that’s been stretched sideways in Photoshop, however in actuality it’s a heavily-widened JA11 Suzuki Jimny physique – with an additional pair of doorways – draped over a Suzuki Escudo (Vitara) body. One of many college students’ fundamental objectives was to have the J1 sitting as little as doable on air suspension, and I believe we will all agree that they undoubtedly achieved that!

Toby Thyer
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Further Pictures by Rick Muda
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