Japanese Nostalgic specialist Star Road brought along a couple of lovely retro machines to the Tokyo Auto Salon but this was my favourite, not just amongst Star Road’s cars but pretty much of one my favourites for the entire show. And judging by the constant crowds surrounding the car throughout the day, i’m sure many felt the same way.
Going against the grain in a sea of widebodied conversions, Inoue-san of Star Road have kept the original lines of this Hakosuka while injecting some of their custom flavour. I wonder how many original uncut Hakosukas are still around, with so many converted into GTR clones i doubt there’s much left.
Which is such a pity because just look at that beautiful and iconic surf line above the rear wheels. So lovely, so stunning, so clean. Such a beautiful line. You can almost imagine the satisfaction the original designer must have felt after pulling his pencil across a sheet of paper to create that lovely crease in the bodywork.
Beautiful Glow Star wheels sitting proud.
Perfect. Just perfect.
For those who DO prefer the overfendered look, they also brought along an S30 in a very beautiful shade of grey.
Will Star Road’s uncut Hakosuka set a trend for future builds to follow? One that preserves the original lines of these nostalgic cars in lieu of massive over fenders. I guess we will have to wait and see…