Close up: Roadster Garage Hakoste
Here’s a car that is certain to divide opinions. We mentioned it in a previous post but now, let’s have a little bit of a closer look at the controversial Nissan Hakoste.
One end is square, the middle is rounded and then we are back to square again at the rear. It looks like a shocking family car from America in the 70′s. All it would need is the fake wood pin stripes down the side and voila – Chevy Chases’ National Lampoon’s Hakoste.
Let’s take a closer look. While holding the best intentions, Roadster Garage have created one of the more confusing cars that I have come across in recent memory. I can understand Honda Odyssey headlights in the front end of an S13 Silvia and I can even easily comprehend RB26 twin turbo transplants in to 1970′s S30 Zed’s.
But stuffing a 1970′s front end on a 1990′s Stagea? That’s square peg into round hole material. After pondering the car for a few minutes, I looked over to find a group of Japanese exhibitors standing around on a smoke break, screwed up my face and slowly shook my head. One of them smiled and nodded in response. I shook my head again. Once more, he nodded. Then I said ” Zen zen wakkanai, sono kuruma.” ( I just don’t get that car at all. )
“Why?”, he asked. “It’s cool isn’t it?”
“It’s different”, I replied, “…but I don’t think it works. The Hakosuka is a box. The Stagea has modern lines. It makes no sense!”
He laughed and agreed with me. Aesthetically speaking, we both knew this car looks awkward.
I saw the car during my rounds at the 2010 TAS but didn’t really stop to take a closer look. It wasn’t until I was heading home and walked past one of the exits for the cars that I spotted it, sitting all by itself, waiting to be taken home. It struck me that it caught my attention that fast. My heart jumps when I see a Hakosuka ( lit. “Box Skyline” ) in the metal and my instant reaction was exactly that – I thought I was looking at a KPGC-10. The very next moment, I realized it was the “HakoSte” and yet, something curious drew me closer to it.
I wanted to get a better look. Perhaps it was the lighting… maybe it was nostalgia or it could even have been severe fatigue. Whatever it was, this car has drawn divided commentary since its conception, so instead of injecting this post with more of my own personal opinion, I’ll just pass on the shots!
Which way do you think the thumbs go when it comes to this car?
Text: Adam Zillin
Photos: Adam Zillin