Our friends at Japanese Nostalgic Car noted something significant in Jun Imai’s latest photo on Instagram:
Broken rivnut tool sidelined progress on the real #neokaido today (help @tuske427 ! 😅) so might as well work on my 1:64 replica. our Pandem kitted Custom Datsun 240Z (used for Fugu Z) accurately represents my real car now once the fender mirrors are deleted. Paint, slam and correct wheels next… #kaidohouse #greddy #rocketbunny
It is always a treat to see what Jun is working on, but it is those little hints he is prone to that you really need to look for. In this case, the front wheel on that raw 240Z is in fact that brand new tiny 4-spoke. And this opens up a world of possibilities.
The 4-spoke RR’s made their debut in the Japan Historics assortment of Car Culture, and a large version appeared on the Drifsta Super TH.
So why is a tiny version of this wheel significant? For one, we rarely, if ever – I am trying to think of just one – see a Real Rider this size. And two, this is a proper size for this style of wheel. JNC explains it, but it will give models the proper Japanese style-lowered, or shakotan, look. Like this Laurel shown by Speedhunters:
Funny thing? If you know where to look, you would have seen a little sneak peek a month ago, posted by one of Mattel Marketing’s most passionate car dorks:
Obviously, if Mattel is spending the money to develop this size of wheel, they have plans for it. Which can only mean there are some very exciting models on the way. Can’t wait to see what they are…