A V12-Themed Garage House With A V8 Surprise

Do you have a garage space all to yourself? Or maybe it’s something you aspire to having? How would you set it up? Would it be clean and clinical, or filled up with memorabilia, collectables and trinkets you have accumulated over the years?

These Garage House stories have been so much fun to hunt out and put together. And it’s not just the garages and their content, it’s meeting the owners themselves. I see a lot of their character reflected in the choices they have made, their tastes and love for cars coming across in the way they execute it all. If I had to choose one word to describe the Japanese garage houses we’ve looked at so far, Chiba-san’s would stand out for its clean approach to creating a dream garage, and Shinji’s would be an ode the world of rough.

Today, we’re going to check out Fujiyama-san’s annex to his main residence. We’ll call this one V12, because four out of his six cars sport rather large V12 motors. But as you can see in the featured image, there’s a little surprise lurking in this garage too…


Now, unlike Chiba-san’s house where three garage shutters reveal each of his cars for maximum impact, Fujiyama-san’s garage is three car length’s deep and thus requires some shuffling around.


So, while I looked over his W124 Mercedes-Benz E 280 wagon, which after many years continues to be a great car for family duties, Fujiyama cranked some V12s to life. First out of the garage and down the driveway was his W140 S 600.


The car sits on Lorinser wheels, and of course is powered by the M120 V12 that AMG modified and used as a base for the Pagani Zonda 20-odd years ago. If you want a ’90s limo to sound like an old F1 car, then this is what you need to buy, along with a Japanese-made Brilliant headers and exhaust combo, which costs around the same as the base car.


Fujiyama-san is a true connoisseur, appreciating both naturally aspirated as well as boosted V12s. – as any gentleman should. The W222 S 65 AMG is the car he spends most of his time in, enjoying the luxurious ride quality and the seemingly limitless reserves of power and torque.


With his Benzes out of the way, Fujiyama-san was able to back his yellow Lamborghini Aventador deeper down into his garage, in what we can probably call the Italian corner of the collection.

This gave me room to begin checking out the overall decor, starting with his collection of license plates on the back of the shutter.


The first thing I noticed was the sheer width of the building. There is room to line up two cars side-by-side, but unusually for a Japanese garage, there’s also enough width to swing open doors all the way. It certainly makes things far easier when parking, and even frees up enough space for Fujiyama-san’s Ducati 749 to be displayed.


It wasn’t long before the familiar sound of a totally un-silenced Italian twin-turbo V8 disturbed what had up until this point been a tranquil afternoon.


Cars were shuffled around.


And positioned for maximum impact.


A view like this makes me go weak at the knees. I’ll get into the F40 shortly, but first we need to continue checking out the garage itself.


One of the first things I noticed was the red door that provides direct access to Fujiyama-san’s home. It’s painted to look like the red front door on Enzo Ferrari’s house inside the old factory grounds in Maranello.

Fujiyama went all-out with the red highlights and details, even having his breaker box and the plug trims painted. You have to appreciate little details like these.


The decor is more akin to an automotive museum than a private garage. One wall is decorated with professionally-shot images of all the cars that Fujiyama has owned, and if you look closely you’ll see that one of those was a Koenig Testarossa. Respect.


Now here’s a poster I need in my office!


There are also bits and pieces that Fujiyama has ended up keeping, like this Ferrari 348 rear grille.


And a few steering wheels.


Then we have another important piece of his current V12 puzzle, a 25th Anniversary Lamborghini Countach… minus the rear wing. Bravo!

I really don’t think Fujiyama-san was able to decide which late ’80s supercar icon to get, so he did the sensible thing…


He armed himself with both the Countach 25th Anniversary with the Horacio Pagani-designed wide body aero, and a Ferrari F40.


Check out how close to the back wall the old Lambo needs to be in order for the two cars in front to fit in the garage. Fujiyama-san has also placed small square carpet marts under each wheel so that the epoxy finish on the floor doesn’t get stained or damaged by the gigantic tires.


Of course, his second Lamborghini isn’t a random purchase – it’s the limited edition 50th Anniversary Aventador. It makes so much sense with the 25th Anniversary Countach in the back.


The car is just a normal Aventador but it’s finished off in the signature yellow and has a similar yellow on the center quilted parts of the seats. The stitching is color-matched too.

Wow, listen to me talk like one of those supercar spotters on YouTube. I almost feel I should stage a reveal next time I change the color of the wrap on my car. Like, subscribe and don’t forget to smash that notification bell, too! OK, I’ll stop… I promise.


Seeing as I am the biggest F40 fanboy, I asked Fujiyama-san if he could park the Ferrari in the center of the garage so we could get a few detailed shots with its cowls and doors wide open.


When I can, I take in these moments as slowly as I possibly can. I love poring over the details of cars like these, and with the F40 it was getting lost in the smallest parts, and the rawness and overall simplicity of the design.


While Fujiyama-san’s F40 is a very well looked after example, it’s not museum perfect – it’s road perfect. This car gets driven; it’s enjoyed and taken out often as it should.


The car wears its original Speedline five-spoke wheels, and is even shod in the OEM Pirelli P Zero tires it originally came with for a true poop-in-your-pants-when-the-boost-hits experience.


To emphasize the sound of the tiny twin-turbo V8, the stock Ferrari exhaust system has been replaced with a straight-through Tubi Style system. It’s pretty loud at idle, but move the throttle pedal by 0.5mm and all aural hell breaks loose – in the best way possible.


What emissions?


Like so many exotics in Japan, this F40 runs a more modern Aragosta coilover setup and Roberuta air cups all around so that it can be lifted at the flick of a switch.


Everywhere you look you can’t fault the execution. The F40 was so compromised as a road car, but at the same time it hit the bullseye in every way possible. These days, supercar buyers expect ridiculous performance, luxury, comfort and an infinitely customizable vehicle. In 1987, with the F40, you got a barely-legal race car for the road that would terrify its owners. And that’s it.


This brings us to the end of our third Garage House visit. I hope to revisit this story type a lot more this year, even if COVID continues making things a little tough. As always, I’m open to hearing what you guys want to see more or less of, so let me know in the comments section below.

Dino Dalle Carbonare
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Fantastic garage article, Dino. Fujiyama-san certainly knows creme de la creme of cars.
if Fujiyama-san had a dog, I bet she would bark like a V12 ;)

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Thanks, glad you enjoyed it. Damn, I need a V12 dog in my life lol


There are "Car Guys" and there are automobile connoisseurs... and then there's Fujiyama-san.

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Hi likes the good sh#t

Jay Soh Tsu Chung

The Countach 25th Anniversary never look right with a wing, so yes, this is perfect!

Dino Dalle Carbonare



"These days, supercar buyers expect ridiculous performance, luxury, comfort and an infinitely customizable vehicle. In 1987, with the F40, you got a barely-legal race car for the road that would terrify its owners. And that’s it." Reading this It seems to me like nostalgia for you, but for me it's the problem of the modern supercars: they lost what defines them (for me at least) as supercars thus losing their impact on us mere humans.
I love how the garage is Ferrari themed but at the same time has 2 rivals in it, which is a little unconventional.
And that S600 with the flag pole upfront is daring to withdraw attention from the supercars (and modern luxury car near it) side to its side, maybe growing up in the middle-east is 1 of the reasons affecting my statement here.

Dino Dalle Carbonare

It's a topic you could approach from many angles. Modern supercars are insanely amazing. The things they are able to do would have been nothing but a dream a few decades ago. But they may have well gone too far.


I feel many would say about the same about supercars of old too. Back then, many of these cars were dangerous and required a skilled driver to handle under even remotely applied power. They could make even a skilled driver unconfident.
Though modern supercars may be capable beyond what they will ever see, they are 1000x more predictable and safer to drive at the same speeds as the supercars of old. Their issue is they are so capable that they inspire unfounded confidence in unskilled drivers hands.


Man you translated my thoughts into words i couldn't put together in a neat way like this. A pampered kid with rich dad can own a supecar (which is not wrong) and he thinks and starts acting like he's a pro driver; it's only daring money wise these days; sure car safety evolved and it's a good thing you got my point and you described it in a perfect way.


Sure I'm not nagging that we are advancing, I'm not that type, but yes they went way far.


Pretty close to the perfect garage, throw in a modern US muscle car and any classic jdm car n I’ll be in heaven!!!!!! Btw is it me or does the f40 seriously get better with age????
Great article, keep em coming Dino


Modern US muscle to blend in with the remaining fleet? Viper (even though it's more than a muscle car)

Dino Dalle Carbonare

The F40 is like a fine aged wine. It keeps giving and giving. And going up in price


I think I count 68 cylinders, no one needs that many cylinders but it's nice to see.

Dino Dalle Carbonare

That's indeed a substantial number of pots!


** Bows to Fujiyama-san


The ultimate hot mess of a garage house. T/A Auto!

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Haha good call, he's actually fixed it up a lot since you were last there, he's added a few new garages so it's just a bit less of a mess. But still a mess. The good type of mess ;)


You have to see my garage

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Are you in Japan?


I love the V-Twin Desmo surprise tucked away in the corner of this great garage! A Ferrari bike isn't something one sees every day too. They are nice bonuses next to the F40. Great collection that's very nicely presented. Great article!

Dino Dalle Carbonare


Marvin Morph Arendse

Loving these garage articles. Keep it up
#like #like #like #DDC

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Will certainly try! Covid hasn't helped that's for sure!


I like how he extended his garage very nicely but...i have a feeling the extended part is his living room./ Its funny how you wont expect to see v12 sedans of some sort, casually outside a house. Its pretty cool if you think bout it. Very nicely done Dino. :D


Now that is my kind of house. 90% garage, 10% house! I love the idea of living with my collection and not having them stowed away in some barn or locked building. Also I love your shared hatred for the YouTubers. Watch a 10 minute video and the first 8 minutes are like and subscribe, followed by some horrible product endorsement, followed by 4 ads that you can't skip.

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Despite the garage being quite big, it's still about 25% of his house I'd say. It's not that I hate YouTube or people on it, it's the format (as you say) that a lot of them have fallen into.


I love the simplicity of the garage. It looks so unassuming from the outside, unless you could get a side view to get a feel for how deep it is. My favorite part is what almost feels like an impromptu office in the corner. I feel most people who want to work where they can see their collection have a display room they call a garage with a fancy office/meeting area or a garage with a glass walled office built off to the side to look out over their collection. Fujiyama-san looks like he said "I just want to be near my cars. I think I can fit a desk in half a parking spot and still fit everything.". It looks like a compromise, but in a good way. We compromise to accommodate things we care about and be near them, even if its not the ideal setup.

Dino Dalle Carbonare

That's the dream right there for me. A big open space garage with an office space in a corner.


Imagine living in the apartments across that narrow Japanese street...
These are great, never stop this series.

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Will certainly try to continue this!


A few years ago, I was able to see an F40 in a private collection. Very few times can I say that I was so excited that I couldn't say anything. When the curator asked if I wanted him to fire it up, it took me a second to answer YES. When I did, it was like a young boy trying to talk to his crush. The sound from that car met every expectation.

Dino Dalle Carbonare

That car does it for me on so many levels. Probably also because I was a small kid obsessed with cars when it came out and I grew up playing with countless models of F40s, from little diecasts to 1:18 Bburago ones


Dino ! Do you still remember your shop tour at Pan Speed from a few months ago ? Komoriya-san seemed rather eager for you to give his RX8 project car a proper go. I would really love it if we could have a feature on it.

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Hi Paul, yes I haven't forgotten! I'll make it happen as soon as the covid situation improves


DIno, Do you still remember your shop tour at Pan Speed from a few months ago ? Komoriya-san seemed rather eager for you to give his RX8 project car a proper go. I would really love it if we could have a feature on it.


I feel like this series has really captured the passion behind the owners by giving an extra glimpse of their personality. For example, it obviously takes a huge enthusiast to own an F40, but an even bigger enthusiast to have their garage decked in Ferrari memorabilia!

Ugh, I'm totally geeking over this series.


PS.. I also like the photography wizardy that you did to hide the Countach until halfway through the article! Well played.

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Like I keep saying this is by far one of my favorite things to shoot right now, so trying to have it as regularly as I can. Thanks for noticing the Countach surprise haha


Putting aftermarket coilovers on an F40. God bless the Japanese.

Dino Dalle Carbonare

I would too...


Pretty nice garage
As a suggestion for a V12 car, how about the Toyota Century?

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Not a bad addition!


Try looking at some garages of people that did something themselves


A grassroot enthusiast garage....I pray to speedhunters god for this!