The Coolest Cars At The 2019 Tokyo Auto Salon Auction

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There's everything from tuned Ferraris to GT race cars to 1960s Hondas.

For the past several decades, as the rest of the world gears up for the Detroit Auto Show, Japanese automakers, tuners, and customizers have gathered in Tokyo for their version of SEMA: the Tokyo Auto Salon. Silky concepts, modded ‘90s Japanese sport cars, and supercars sporting lurid wraps all congregate under the roof of the Makuhari Messe convention center. But, starting last year, among the bright lights and chaos there is an auction, and this year’s edition that kicks off tomorrow, January 11, features some jaw-dropping rides.

With the auction set in Tokyo, it shouldn’t be a surprise that the catalog is chock full of Japanese cars. There are four old-school Honda coupes, including a rare left-hand-drive 1968 Honda S800 M Coupe, as well as two examples of the cute Toyota Sports 800. A 1969 long-wheelbase version of the sleek Mazda Cosmo is present as well. Nissan is heavily represented with a slew of GT-Rs, from a R34 V-Spec Nür (one of 300) to several 1970s KPGC10 GT-Rs, and a handful of non-GT-R R32 Skylines. There is also a 1971 Nissan Fairlady Z 432, one of 419 produced with the iconic S20 engine. The wide-arched 1983 Nissan 240RS steals the cake as only 200 units of this Group B homologation special were ever made.

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Several race cars are up for sale: an Audi R8 that raced in Super-GT, a Dodge Viper Formula Drift car, a R32 GT-R from the JTC Championship, and a 1995 BMW 320ST that won the Spa 24 Hours twice and the Nurburgring 24 Hours once. Three Porsches make appearances too: a pair of stunning Carrera GTs and a grey 911R with green stripes.

Ferrari is strongly represented as well. The legendary F40 is available for sale, as well as a 1967 330 GTC. The two most interesting Ferraris, however, are a 308 and a Testarossa that have been modified by German tuner Koenig Specials, gaining wide-body kits, flashy wheels, and, on the Testarossa, a massive wing.

Finally, there are a few intriguing outliers. There is a mean-looking 2014 Ford Shelby GT500 as well as a controversial AMG-modified Mercedes 300SL Gullwing that we showed you a few days ago. Lastly is a 2007 Caparo T1, a road-legal F1-inspired torpedo of a car featuring a 500 horsepower V8 in a 1036 pound body. With its race car bodywork and only a handful of T1s ever built, this might be the pick of the show. You can pour over the complete list at your leisure here.

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