8 celebrities who drive the coolest Japanese cars

With fame comes fortune, and that leads to expensive car collections. Some celebrities have rather questionable taste in cars, like Will.i.am, but others have impeccable taste like the next ones on the list.

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While these 8 celebrities we’re going to talk about today also have flashy, really expensive vehicles like Lamborghinis and Ferraris, they have some standout additions to their Japan-built collections. There’s a huge cult behind JDM sports cars because they’re purely built with the driver in mind, and that’s also why they’re generally not as luxurious and flamboyant as the aforementioned supercar brands. Take Cardi B, for example, who can’t even drive but stores a collection of exotic cars to rap in her songs.

These celebrities, however, take their rides out of storage and use them for what they were designed for: driving and enjoying.

9 Rowan Atkinson (2002 Honda NSX)


2001 Honda NSX
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Actor Rowan Atkinson loves cars almost as much as a businessman loves hairspray. It’s true, Mr Bean himself is a car fanatic, well he owned a McLaren F1 at one point but after crashing it twice he decided to sell it for a miraculous profit . When it comes to Japanese cars, Rowan doesn’t have much to choose from in his collection, but he does own one of the most influential Japanese supercars of the late 90s and early 2000s, the Honda NSX.


2001 Blue Honda NSX
Via: Amazing JDM Cars

Often mistaken for a Ferrari, the NSX was Honda’s first supercar, but despite being their first attempt, it was highly successful as it sported a 3.2-litre V6 that produced up to 290 hp and could hit 60 mph from a standstill. in less than 5 seconds.

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8 Jay Leno (Mazda Cosmo 110S 1970)


Via YouTube @ Jay Leno’s Garage

Ah, the king of all car collectors, Jay Leno. It used to shock most people that Jay Leno had a massive car collection that even reigns over the collections of Elon Musk and Bill Gates, but now that his show, Jay Leno’s Garage has become a viral sensation, the cat is out. of the bag. One of his favorite cars to drive and look at is his Mazda Cosmo 110S.


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via the sports car market

It was the first Mazda to feature a Wankel rotary engine, and because of its rarity and odd beauty, Jay couldn’t live without it. Jay is also praised by car enthusiasts as he doesn’t hesitate to stretch his cars’ legs; click this link to watch the episode of him driving his Cosmo in all its glory.

7 Daniel Wu (1968 Honda S800)


1968 Honda S800
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The S800 was Honda’s second production car, and it’s very rare to see them alive today, as they’re over half a decade old, but Daniel Wu has one of the coolest S800 models of the planet. . His Honda is far from stock and built by two big names in the automotive industry, SEMA, DJ Designs and Pandem.


Daniel Wu Honda S800 3
via Baker City Herald

The entire kei car was built from the ground up with new fenders, new roof, Modern Toyo wheels and a stunning black paint job that suits its design perfectly. Fun not-so-fun fact, if it weren’t for Daniel Wu nearly dying in 2019, the S800 you see today, might never even have existed in the first place.

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5 Bucky Lasek (Subaru WRX GC8 aka “Buck-it”)


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The story behind Bucky Lasek’s old WRX is actually phenomenal. He bought the GC8 WRX for $600 off Craiglist and then set out to create the ultimate rally racer that could also be used as a daily driver. He swapped the stock engine for something with a bit more power, a turbocharged four-cylinder from a 2002 STi, and built it further to produce over 400 hp.


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Via: Tumblr @ SUBARU to the Living Dead

He also transformed the entire interior to match the racing car look from the outside and of course also added a widebody kit to it. If that’s not one of the coolest builds of WRX, we don’t know what is.

4 Sung Kang (1973 Datsun 240Z aka Fugu Z)


Interior of Sung Kang's Datsun 240Z
Via-Mecum Auctions

Sung Kang, or as most of us know him, Han from the Fast and Furious franchise is total gear on and off camera, and his modified Datsun 240Z shows it. It’s nicknamed the Fugu Z and started life as a 1973 240Z that Sung bought from Craiglist after seeing it rot in storage; his intention was not to restore it to its OEM condition, however.


Sung Kang's Datsun 240Z
via-speedhunters

Sung’s 240Z received an aggressive Rocket Bunny widebody kit, along with a 2.6-liter RB26 straight out of a Skyline GT-R. They removed the turbos and replaced them with individual throttle bodies, and after putting the Fugu Z on a dyno it produced 245 hp, which is more than enough if you ask us.

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3 Ruteldge Wood (1986 RWB Porsche)


Rutledge Wood Porsche RWB
Via: Forgeline Wheels

Rutledge Wood was a host of Top Gear USA, and his car collection ranges from old pickup trucks to this RWB-built widebody Porsche. RWB, which is short for RAUH-Welt BEGRIFF, is a tuning company that specializes in taking old Porsche 911s and turning them into floor-scraping, wide-ranging performance behemoths.


Rutledge Wood Porsche RWB Rear
Via: On all cylinders

And Rutledge is one of the few individuals on this planet to have his hand built by Akira Nakai alongside Randy Allgood and the geniuses at Kenwood Rod Shop. They took his ’86 Carrera, painted it green, gave it satin gold Forgeline wheels and replaced its Porsche heart with an American Chevrolet LS3 that produced 525 hp.

2 Paul Walker (1989 Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R V-Spec)


Paul Walker's Nissan R34 Skyline V-Spec
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The late Paul Walker was no stranger to unique and rare sports cars, especially those built in Japan, but his R34 GT-R has got to be the coolest of them all. This Skyline is no ordinary R34 either, it was imported from Japan, hence the Spec-V badging, and it was unlike other Skylines found in the United States.

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Paul Walker's Nissan R34 Skyline V-Spec rear
Via: YouTube @ Craig Lieberman

His sonic silver R34 came from the factory with a 276bhp twin-turbo straight-six, but was upgraded throughout its lifespan with an HKS intercooler, new body kit, as well as a leather bonnet. carbon fiber. Paul ended up selling his first V-Spec for a new white V-Spec II, but his original silver GT-R remains a legend to this day.

1 T-Pain (Nissan 240SX S14)


T-Pain 240 SX
Via: YouTube @ThatDudeinBlue

In the real world, T-Pain is not only a hardcore rapper, but also loves scrappy cars, especially drifting. One of his favorite drift cars is his S14 Nissan 240SX, and its exterior is covered in a shocking wrap inspired by Rick and Morty, more specifically a Pickle Rick.


Balaclava T-Pain 240 SX
Via: Japan Bullet

In terms of performance, there’s unfortunately not much to write home about, so we can just assume it still has the 2.4-litre inline-four engine it came out of with. factory, but at least T-Pain likes to slide his cartoon cars around the track.

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