We continue with coverage from the JCCA New Year Meeting held in Tokyo on January 27, 2013. The previous article covered most of the Nissans at the event. We’ll take a look at the other brands at the show starting with Honda. 2013 is the 50th anniversary of the Honda “S” Series sports car and the Honda Twin Cam Club was there to represet Soichiro Honda’s favorite car. Honda produced the S500, S600, and S800 in both roadster and coupe version from 1963 through 1970. The highlight of the Honda was its 4 cylinder engine featuring all-aluminum construction, twin-cam cylinder head, 4 carburetors. The engine also utilized a roller bearing crankshaft and could spin to 9500rpm.
Lotus is very popular in Japan and there were plenty of nice cars at the meeting. Technical Shop Happy is known for their outrageous Lotus Europa conversions but also displayed an incredible “Outlaw” Lotus Elan 26R this year. The car was downright spectacular with flared arches, brilliant blue paint, and carbon body work. The engine was rumored to be a 2.0L with over 200bhp. After a little coaxing from the owner and the promise of internet fame, he agreed to remove the bonnet, revealing all.
The Lotus Europa is one of those cars that you either love or hate. Considered to be a peculiar looking car to many, the Europa has gained widespread popularity in Japan. Technical Shop Happy has a way of making the Europa look really good. They have managed to clean up the body lines and produce a car that Lotus should have done in the first place. With the correct engine modifications and a few upgrades to the suspension the car can become a serious track weapon. It’s encouraging to see the Europa embraced by the enthusiasts in Japan.
The lightweight design, sublime handling, and unique styling of Lotus seems to fit well into the Japanese culture. Lotus Sevens are popular and the Seven Owners Club of Japan had great display. I managed to pick a few interesting items from the club including a very cool 2013 calendar filled with great images of Sevens. There were only a few Elans and Cortinas but the examples on display were top notch. It was also nice to see both an early and late MK1 Cortina with the major difference being the grill..the early car is on the left.
The other British marques at the meet included Jaguar, MG, and English Ford, and of course Mini. The Mini group had a decent turnout as well but most people attend the New Year Meeting to see the Japanese cars.
As to be expected the selection of Toyotas was impressive with the various clubs out in force to support their favorite rides. The TE27 Corolla /Levin /Trueno group had this nice Sprinter in the right color with the right Hayashi Street CR wheels. Some things never go out of style.
This proud owner was excited about his punched out “2.0L” 2TG. The car was just completed and looking perfect standing on Tosco wheels. Orange is another color TE27’s look great in. The pride of ownership coupled with the attention to detail is downright intoxicating when your around enthusiast like those in Japan.
The first generation Celicas are stunning. These cars are really starting to gain in popularity…and value. Unfortunately the North American versions never had the 2TG Twin cam but never mind, the uprated engine bolts right in. The first generation Celicas were available in two distinctive models. The first of these was the original coupe version like the orange and blue car below and were classified as TA22, RA20, and RA21 models. Available from 1970 to 1975 these Celicas came equipped with the 2T, 2T-G 1.6-liter, or 18R 2.0-liter motor. The second version, like the yellow and red cars below, was launched in Japan in 1973 as the RA25 model. The RA25 was larger in size and weight compared to the earlier version. There were also various engine options available for the RA25.
These two Toyota pickup trucks were interesting. The Crown ute needs a surfboard in the back, the perfect California beach cruiser. I’m not sure about the Hilux with the Twin Cam 18rg.
The lovely gold Toyota 2000GT is a great way to close out part 2 of the JCCA NYM coverage. In the third and final chapter, we’ll take a look at the other marques at the meet as well as the very exciting array of vendors and items featured in the autojumble.