The import versus domestic car argument can get quite heated. The domestic guys tend to boast about their power and quarter-mile times, while the import crowd brings up turning left—and right—and things go downhill from there, but what about a compromise? Why not combine the best of both worlds—agility from the import side with brute force from the domestic camp? That was the question Alexander Gallardo had to ask himself when he came to a crossroads with the evolution of his 2003 350Z a few years ago.
When we received an invitation to attend a private Old School meet, sponsored by SNTRL and Nostalgia Imports in Edgewater, New Jersey, we jumped at the chance. Many heavily modified imports competed for our attention, but we managed to focus on a vehicle that represents one of our future series highlighting the Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) scene in America. While there was no shortage of premium imports, one classy 1983 KE70 Toyota Corolla seemed the perfect specimen.
What sets Trey’s ride apart from most of the other Civics that we see is his attention to detail and uniformity of all the parts he’s chosen for the car. Even his oil and radiator caps are Skunk2! Perhaps one of the coolest parts about the car that will have all the JDM fanboys drooling is his rear license plate that lights up. Straight from Japan, it’s one of the only working ones stateside. Why can’t our license plates light up?
Project cars come and go, some leaving you breathless, while others turn into Frankenstein creations that should have remained only ideas. A truly unique project car requires months or even years of patience to finish. Throw together three differing opinions and the knowledge to back each one and you have one of the toughest builds around.
BMW enthusiasts around the world thought installing a large V8 into the E92 M3 would be sacrilegious, claiming it would soil the storied history of the M3, but the mad scientists inside BMW’s M Division did just that. Their new recipe spelled success, creating one of the most exciting M3’s that had enthusiasts everywhere drooling. This recipe swayed one individual’s mind toward it from other automakers, ending in a supercharged V8 fire breathing beast known on the streets of Denver as “PurpleDrank”.