Spotlight Feature: Same Same, But Different

During our little get-together in Osaka, well actually Kobe, we had quite a few Silvias and 180SXs show up to the carpark. A carpark that felt exactly like the one from F&F Tokyo Drift. We were privileged enough to have four S13s present, and so much spare time. With the combined effort of Akifumi-san, we positioned the cars into a quad-car format to take some rad photos.


I think each different S13 represented alternative parts of the automotive culture in Japan. To the left, we have the black S13. It may look a little dated as the body kit and styling are starting to become rather old. The car’s body kit is more excessive compared to the others, and the wheels were extremely wide at the rear end. The car sits at a reasonable ride height, although these chassis hover over the ground stock, the slightest adjustment causes issues on unfavourable road conditions.


The next one along is rather famous on Instagram, and for a good reason too. This one literally hugs the ground. I didn’t check, but at a guess, I’d say it’s constantly touching the parking lot floor. The S13 ran a set of modified steel wheels that had been painted to match the colour theme of the car. This car follows the slow and slammed style, much different from the first one.


Our next one to the right, and probably my favourite one, what I would call bolt on modified. It looked like it had been modified as a street/daily driver/weekend drift car. Everything was reasonable, nothing was way overdone. The canards around the body kit were also a nice touch. This would be the ultimate all round car, ever getting the groceries would be a cinch.


The car furthest on the right, which to be totally honest with you was the least modified car to my knowledge, was the last S13 to be photographed. I had a brief chat with the owner and he was all about finding original optional parts for the car, including some cool quarter rear window lights that he had sourced for it. It kind of blended in, in Japan, but I’m certain if you drove that S13 around Auckland, it would make everyone look twice.


It’s great to see the same car being modified in such different ways. Each owner has gone down a different path to fill the need that they had. Some for the track, some for the parking lot. None of them, which put a smile on my face, were trailer queens. They all had been driven to and from the car park.

Which one’s your favourite? Which one would you take for a spin? Or would you take them all? I highly recommend Osaka for your next stop in Japan if you are there right now. If not, please put it on your list of places to visit as it will not disappoint.

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Photos: Shaun Constable | Words: Shaun Constable | Proofer: Chadd Davis

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