Car Life>>swap Meet Hunting At The New Year Meeting

While the JCCA New Year Meeting draws some of Japan's finest vintage cars to Odaiba every year, the event is about much more than just the automobiles. The swap meet and "auto jumble" sections of the show always draw massive crowds looking to part with their hard-earned yen in exchange for an amazing selection of vintage car parts, accessories, and collectables.

As part of my New Year Meeting coverage, I thought it would be fun to take a look through some of the items up for grabs this year.

It's one to thing to browse for rare parts on Ebay or Yahoo Japan Auctions, but to see these gems in real life is a completely different experience. Needless to say, the temptation to blow my entire Japan trip budget here was high.

No matter what you might be looking for, it was there. From restoration and tuning parts…

…to old model kits…

…and of course wheels.

Ah yes, the wheels. The fact that I have a pair of 4×114.3 pcd cars back home in California really had me wanting to grab a set or two as "souvenirs".

Even with the strong yen right now, most of the wheels were still cheaper than what you would pay for them overseas.

Of course then you'd have to think about getting then home. That would have been just a bit difficult for me considering I rode the train to the New Year Meeting. In case you were wondering, the wheels in the photo above are 13×8 -12 SSR Mk.IIIs. They are just begging to be thrown on a KP61 or B110.

Bringing home one of these 1:43 scale diecasts would be slightly easier. I had my eye on that white Kyosho S30.

Choro-Q heaven!

Vintage plastic models made up a huge part of the swap meet and auto jumble.

As expected, most of the kits were from Japanese brands, but I also spotted many from American and European companies.

How about these kits from the old Japanese film series Truck Yaro?

Of course a lot of the sellers were offering diecasts and model kits right alongside real car parts.

Speaking of parts, oh how nice it would have been to put these Solex carbs in my suitcase before heading back to the US of A.

This badass Nissan racing jacket was among the goodies in the Victory 50 booth.

Period correct audio is a big part of building a retro shakotan machine.

These once state of the art components are usually displayed proudly in the rear window, with cool names like "Ozma" and "Lonesome Car Boy".

Hakosuka coilover springs and a stainless steel header for the Nissan L-series motor.

Original promotional materials. AE86 Levin on the left, R34 GT-R on the right.

RS Watanabes all ready to go with Dunlop semi-slicks mounted.

Tons of back issues available in the Nostalgic Hero booth.

The Mooneyes/Crown Classics booth was offering a bunch of Libres in various sizes.

If you're a fan of vintage Japanese car culture, you'll probably recognize a lot of these decals.

How cool is this? A Group C slot car set with a replica of the old Fuji Speedway course.

More model kits, including some of the hero cars from the super cool cop show Seibu Keisatsu.

They may be a little rough, but you can't beat the price on these Rally Harts. 6,000 yen (about $78) for a set of five.

Anyone looking for a steering wheel?

A pair of Igetas for the Toyota folks.

The thrill of the parts hunt.

At the end of the day I really didn't end up buying too much – just a few scale Zs and the G-Works S30 book that I'd been looking for. I suppose my wife's happy about that at least…

Hope you enjoyed this little glance at the New Year Meeting's bountiful swap meet.

Next time it's back to the cars.

-Mike Garrett

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Dang! I'm looking for a flat Momo Prototipo. looks like I need to fly to Japan.


I want everything!!


Love this post!


That picture with the "OK" hand gesture sticker, what is that, or who is that? What brand is that? I've been trying to find this out for a while.


This article is exactly why I LOVE JDM


Oh how I wish I could find just a handful of those items stateside... Great post!



What did you get me?! ;)


So much want...


awesome coverage!

so many cool stuff!


japanese model kits = amazing


you could build a car from scratch with all the parts there. i know i would have quite a few bags to check coming back home.


also nice find on that g-works s30 book. A definitive Z book. have to get my hands on one.


I'll take that 1/24 Laurel C130 please.

(Okamoto rubber company, they made condoms (the O.K.) ).

Check Japanese Nostalgic Car...


its the okamoto rubber company

old school japanese condom company that also took some interest in racing, at least for the male population of it, hence the play boy one as well

the safety drive part was a joke, its not the company.


Damn, that red L series valve cover would be right at home in my red 240 sitting next to my triple 44s. Damn.. guess nest time I get a vacation I need to go to japan.


Collectors galore!

So much nostalgic!


Auto jumbles are better than many car shows imo! sifting through bits finding what you never imagined!!

Love it!!!



"Anthony said:

That picture with the "OK" hand gesture sticker, what is that, or who is that? What brand is that? I've been trying to find this out for a while."

There is an article on japanese nostagic car about it - they are a condom manufacturer that sponsered race cars in Japan back in the day.




Jealous. Need to get over there JUST for that!


I remember being over in Japan and seeing full sets of 15x10 XR4, SSR MK3, Wat Type R in perfect condition for less than a $1000. It's insane to see the price gouging over in the US.....and then people sit around getting pissed that so many companies are finally offering fake old school rims.

The US... (same wheel)

15x7 +10 = $800

15x8 -14 = $1600

It's bs....I saw none of that gouging while overseas.


The 'OK' sticker is actually a condom company logo. It was prevelant during the early and mid 70s on a lot of Japanese racing cars. Check out the Japanese Nostalgic Car blog for more info. No, I am not affliated with the site, only a poster reader.


thanks for making me super jealous mike! this makes me want to find a 4x114.3 car!


Love this post! Great job. I'd love to go and pick up a Fairlady grill for my S30.