The Perfect Japanese Classic Cruiser?
Four-Door Kyusha

You can talk about their temperamental nature, their questionable reliability, and in many cases their sketchiness at speed, but despite all the shortcomings that classic cars exhibit when measured up against modern machines, character is something that just can’t be matched.

It’s the very reason why so many enthusiasts look to the past in order to satisfy their automotive dreams.

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Around a year ago, Blake Broussard was in market for a Japanese classic – a common theme among many who have served, or currently serve in the US military in Japan. After much consideration, he had narrowed down his choices to either an S30 Datsun Fairlady or a C110 Nissan Skyline.

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It’s obvious which way he went in the end, but before settling on this particular car there was the question of whether he’d go down the more popular route with a two-door C110 Kenmeri coupe, or the lesser travelled road with four-door Yonmeri sedan. Ultimately, it was just too hard for Blake to justify the extra investment required to purchase a coupe – easily an extra US$30,000 over and above what a sedan can be had for.

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Despite the Yonmeri not having the same perceived collectability as a Kenmeri, Blake has not for one moment regretted his decision. In fact, given that he has a family who he shares his passion for Japanese classic automotive machinery with, it was absolutely the right thing to do.

His Nissan Skyline 2000 GTX sedan is both good looking and functional.

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The previous owner was responsible for fitting the works-style carbon fiber fender flares, but Blake has taken the kyusha theme one step further with a ducktail spoiler to toughen up the rear end.

Sticking with the theme, 15-inch RS Watanabe 8-spoke wheels wrapped in Toyo Proxes R888 tires sit perfectly beneath the flares to pull the visual aesthetics together.

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The Watanabe wheels also do an excellent job of showing off the Star Road 4-pot brake setup on the front end, an upgrade that’s made a huge difference to the way this car stops. To ensure the Skyline had the right stance, the front struts were also converted to Star Road’s fully adjustable coilovers.

As the build plate in the engine bay states, Blake’s Yonmeri was originally specced with an 2.0-liter L20 straight-six, but in following a common upgrade path for these cars, it was previously swapped out for an L28.

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To make the most of the 2.8-liter capacity, a number of modifications have been to the engine, the most obvious being a triple Weber 45DCOE carburetor setup on a FET manifold. Breathing through open trumpets, the induction roar is something that only adds more character to the car.

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Sobe Speed Shop supplied the custom braided stainless steel fuel lines, while an MSD ignition system provides a reliable spark. To ensure the engine keeps its cool in the sweltering heat of an Okinawan summer, the original radiator was swapped out for a aluminum dual-core equivalent running an electric fan.

It’s hard to see under the row of Webers, but closer inspection reveals a Fujitsubo stainless steel exhaust manifold that runs out to a full Fujitsubo stainless system. The aural result is a raspy growl that simply can’t be replicated by a modern car.

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Eagle-eyed readers may have noticed the Orion beer can wrapped around the windshield wiper motor and wondered what purpose it serves. Orion is brewed in Okinawa and could be considered the beer of choice for locals, so in this instance it’s all about showing respect and pride.

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Inside, most of the Skyline’s original 1970s charm remains intact, with a few modern touches here and there to improve the overall driving experience. The latter includes a Momo steering wheel, Auto Meter tachometer and fuel pressure gauge, and a Bride Zeta III driver’s seat that’s been given a new lease on life with a custom re-trim by Blake’s friend Michael Garcia to match in with the original upholstery.

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I’ve mentioned before how classic cars transcend the boundaries of age and interests and pull everyone in as if they have their own gravitational force fields. I was reminded of this while shooting Blake’s car; there was no shortage of people slowing down as they passed by, snapping photos on their cellphones and giving us the thumbs-up.

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One local gentleman even stopped his car and came over for a closer look and a chat. As it turned out, a little over 20 years ago he owned a KPGC10 GT-R, and seeing this GC110 brought all the memories back.

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This Yonmeri was never destined to be an over-the-top or hardcore build, but more of a Sunday morning cruiser. And that’s exactly what Blake has ended up with; it’s a car he can enjoy going on drives with the family in, and then turn up to local meets and turn heads with.

As far as Japanese classics go, what more could you really ask for or want…

Ron Celestine
Instagram: celestinephotography

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1

My soarer was better. b

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Miles Hayler-MacMillan

Nah.

3

Eh? What's so special about your Soarer? Is it an aerotop? Or just a ¥5,000 wind back special?

4

The past tense of "was" makes me imagine his present tense "is" makes his better since he still enjoys and drives it. Result: His GC110 is better. Anyways, very cool car! I know I would be one of those drivers rubber necking to take a peak at that beauty.

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Dino Dalle Carbonare

Always had a soft spot for the Yonmeri.

6

Ironically this was the first one I ever saw and... Yea I love the yonmeri.. dare I say more than the Kenmeri O.O!

7

Such a beauty. Period correct choice parts really make the Yonmeri sedan body stands out in the sea of Kenmeri coupes.

8

It really does. Makes me wonder why more people don't have Yonmeris

9

The beauty of classics...

10

Bam! My search for a desktop background has come to an end. The lines of these cars, be it coupe or saloon are timeless. Loving the profile and girth of the Toyo track rubber too.

11

Glad to have helped end your search ^^

12

It's just wonderful!
No, really - I'm jealous, classic + japanese + "not mpdern days variant tunung!"
it's brilliant!)

13

Only thing I don't like are those tyre stickers. Love the rest of it.

14

it's really cool car, even with those tire stickers
it's like an old man wearing jean pants and t-shirt ! and trying to say I'm still young and powerful
:D

15

Haha I like that anology !

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Александр Трофименков

This build is awesome! Perfect balance between form and function!

17

Agreed! What more could you ask for ^^

18
ReallyForeverAlone

Bridgestone sticker on the roll bar but Toyo tires

19

I have always liked Japanese classics like these because they tend to look like smaller versions of our big ol' USA muscle cars. I really like muscle cars and they way they look but have always thought they would be even cooler in a smaller, better handling package. This is to me why Japan is awesome when it comes to cars.

20

That front end looks a lot like a 71 Challenger with those lights and grill.

21

It's really cool, but those tires are just too much for me. I can understand the performance aspect, but that huge white lettering just looks gaudy to me. Otherwise it's pretty much perfect!

22
foxboyhunter@insta(DarkShadowFox)

Heavenly (灬♥ω♥灬)

23

In the Middle East C110s are used for freestyle drifting and can be had cheaply if they are abused. They usually swap RB25s in them and drive them like they are meant to.

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24

That is wild!

26

never been a fan of this era of skyline but this one just changes things. it stuck in my head like I want one for my daily drive.

27

Beautiful build that came together very nicely and fits the bill perfectly for a classic Sunday cruiser. Mad props to the owner and previous owners who executed it.

28

I think this is one of those rare times that I actually like the sedan moire than the coupe.

29

Orion is brewed in Okinawa and could be considered the beer of choice for locals, so in this instance it’s all about showing respect and pride.


No need to spruce it up, it's nothing more than slapping a Bud or Fosters or whatever beer logo on your car.

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Miles Hayler-MacMillan

Good choice with the Yonmeri, don't see nearly enough of these!

31

Finally, a Ken/Yonmeri where the rear wheel arches don't look puny and out of place.

32

Of course a Y plate would have fake ass wheels with tire paint while living in Japan.

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