Here’s a selection of shots from my recent visit to the Motorcar Museum of Japan in Ishikawa. The museum is a 3 story building which holds a fascinating collection of 500 classic cars. There is a wide range of cars from all over the world, spanning different periods of automotive history. The bulk of the collection is made up of domestic Japanese cars, but there’s quite a lot of interesting stuff from overseas too.
Automotive history from 1967 to 2067: A Suzulight Fronte and the Dome Jiotto Caspita prototype
The car I was most interested in was the Dome Jiotto Caspita (pictured above alongside a modest Suzulight Fronte). This was an early 90s supercar prototype, originally powered by a detuned V12 F1 engine, and later with a Judd V10. It was designed to bring F1 to the road. Unfortunately, due to the global recession, the car never went through with production, but it’s good to see this prototype has been preserved.
80s Toyota heaven
Somehow the Subaru 360 looks big when sat next to a Cosmo Sport
A diverse collection of 4X4s
JDM 1979 all-star lineup. From right to left: Nissan Silvia S110, Mitsubishi Galant Lambda, Nissan Fairlady Z S130.
The best things come in small, hatchback shaped, turbo packages
There were too many interesting cars to cram into one post, so I’ll be posting more from the museum soon.