COVERAGE> Ratsuns x Japanese Nostalgic Car Meet

There’s a popular SoCal meeting place in the “South Bay” that attracts all sorts of car nuts – the Torrance In & Out Burger on Crenshaw, just north of the Pacific Coast Highway. The parking lot is big enough to hold several little meets and everything from classic V-Dubs to American muscle shows up. Recently some members of and Japanese Nostalgic Car forums have put the call out to old school Japanese cars to meet here on the first Friday of every month, and owners turned out en masse. This sublime Datsun 1200 is just one example of the kind of cars that rolled up.

Here’s an awesome, super-clean 1970 Toyota Hilux pickup. How about one of these as a Motor Mavens work truck? We’re going to start saving our pennies for one of these! Those factory fender mounted turn signals are COOL! The shapely round headlights and grill are just a bonus – this Hilux had us at factory fender mounted turn signals.

Seeing the old Toyota font in raised letters and the vintage latches on the tailgate is a terrific retro touch. See the lack of a rear bumper? Even COOLER!

This 1980 Cressida looked practically brand new. Bow down to the top-of-the-line Toyota before the Lexus brand was introduced!

The detailing and copious amounts of chrome give this car a top-notch luxury feel. We love the taillights and rear bumper!

What would a Ratsun get-together be without a lineup of Z-cars?

Have a peek under the hood of the yellow Z. This thing sounded pretty beefed up!

We know it isn’t a Japanese nostalgic car, but a 1972(?) Mustang Mach 1 showed up for the muscle car fans. A truly under-appreciated design.

Nearby, a vintage V-Dub club, Classic Toys VW Club had a double-cab and a cool roof-rack wearing bus. For more photos of this meet, check out the Japanese Nostalgic Car site.

:: Ben Hsu

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16 Responses to “COVERAGE> Ratsuns x Japanese Nostalgic Car Meet”

  1. Cornfeed says:

    That car in hot

  2. Igor says:

    i love that hilux truck!

  3. vballin says:

    Damn, I need to make it out to the next one!

  4. Awesomeness all over that meet.

  5. This event looks sick. I love old school Japanese cars!

  6. mr. x says:

    dude, that rear shot of the cressida is gorgeous!

  7. anakin says:

    The Datsun 1200, the Hilux, and the Cressida…Mwwaaahhhh…c’est magnifique. The Cressidea brings back good memories.

  8. J.Ramirez (zetozeto99) says:

    Nice coverage! That 1200 is my buddies! Just want to invite everyone to come out every first Friday of the Month starting at 7pm! Come on out if you have a “nostalgic” Japanese car or just have an interest!

  9. misslieze says:

    Datsuns are cute, but my heart lies with the Mach 1 ;)

  10. anth says:

    good to see the datto’s getting coverage. loving Motor Mavens, definitely going to check it daily!

  11. J.Ramirez (Mazdat) says:

    Its an awesome meet that ZetoZeto99 puts together, so whoever has a classic Japanese car, come out and have a good time!! MotorMavens has excellent coverage!!!

  12. kimico says:

    Cool car meeting. Nice Datsun but I like the Hilux even more.

  13. A187A Pilot says:

    Starions ARE COOL ,but not bullit proof.
    I’ll rebild her. some day.

  14. Miguel says:

    Dam the one time I didn’t go to this event you cover this event , Its a awesome event with the south bay vibe , they meet up every first Friday of the month

  15. Chris Hecht says:

    @anth, aren’t you already checking it daily?! haha

    That Mustang needs more low and it would be killer.

    @Ben Hsu, I just bought some JNC stickers. I need to renew my subscription.

    More JNC coverage Antonio!

  16. Eddy says:

    i now looking for 1970 Toyota Hilux pickup in Malaysia is very hot car !!!!!!!!!!

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