2018 Tokyo Auto Salon Parking Shots

This is probably the last post from my Tokyo trip earlier in the year.  A bit late on this one, but thankfully photos of sick cars are timeless.

After spending most of the day at the auto salon, I made sure to leave some time before the mass exodus in order to scope out the adjacent parking complexes.  I almost always make it a point to check the parking lots at car shows, races, etc. The cars which made the drive to Chiba this year did not disappoint.

The tour-de-parking lot started out with an STI looking stunning in white.

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Non GT-R R34’s don’t seem to get the same love as their R32 counterparts for some reason, but I really like the look of them.

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Embarrassingly enough, I can’t recall what this is.  But rest assured it’s not the last tuned tiny hatch in this gallery.  Kei car tuning is a big deal here.

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Legacy STI Wagon

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If I had to take a guess as to what sort of car I saw modified most often in the streets, I would say mini vans.  Lowered vans were very common.

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A pair of Subarus

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Honda Fit with a CF bonnet, aero parts, and what appears to be Work Emotion CR’s.

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Yet another slammed kei car.  I was often shocked at just how low some cars are in Japan, but with the condition of their streets, I see how they can get away with it.  My Miata isn’t close to this low, and it beats me up on the less than perfect Texas roads.

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First gen WRX STI.  Shame we never got this in the US.  It’s the best looking Subaru ever made in my opinion.

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An NA Eunos Roadster

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R34 GTR Nismo edition.  While a lot of cars in this gallery stood out, this one screams for attention.

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R34 Sedan.  Odd to see any Skyline as a sedan when you’re used to only seeing GT-R’s featured, but I think they look good.

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An old school mini, it looks small even in Japan.

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Evo Wagon.  When you need to haul your family and ass at the same time.

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Previous gen Type R

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AE111 Trueno. FWD corollas never get much love in the US, but they are every bit as good looking as the more celebrated Hondas.

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Suzuki Wagon-R I think?

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FD3S with a perfect stance, vented CF hood and the sleepy eye look.

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Toyota Celsior and another lowered van.

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Nissan Cube with a very interesting wheel (hubcap?) choice.

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Not sure exactly what this one is.

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Lowered kei-van headed to the exit.

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NA Roadster sporting a roll bar.

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DC2 Type R.  Probably the most celebrated FWD car ever.  The JDM headlights look great in person.  Shame they only came with the round lights here.

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While walking from the parking garage to another lot, I spotted another lower kei car.

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WRX STI

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Suzuki Alto Works.  Easily one of the coolest kei cars ever made.

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Skyline Sedan, sold as the G35 in the states.

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Vintage Legacy Wagon

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RX8 sporting quite a bit of aftermarket body work.

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Is it possible to make an FD look bad?

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By far the best color on an FD

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R32 with a very aggressive look.

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Honda S660.  I would buy one of these in a heartbeat if they came here.

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Yet another slammed van

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Toyota Altezza (Lexus IS300 in the US).  I still think this design holds up well.  One of the better designs from the 90’s

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Honda Accord.  Sold as the Acura TSX in the US.  I’ve always loved the look of this car.

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This looks like a retired Vitz Cup car.

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Real EK9 Civic Type R.

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Suzuki Cappuccino.  So tiny.

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Seriously, this makes my Miata feel huge.

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R32 GTR.  Looking just about perfect.

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I have no idea what this is, but just the number of “low end” cars you see with some level of modification is very high in Japan.

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I think the 240sx/180sx is the very first car that I saw which made me realize I was a car nut.  This one looked amazing.

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