Locked up in a holding yard was this stunning KP510 Nissan Bluebird Coupe which I saw last night on my way to watch the summer fireworks in Kobe. It’s amazing what treasures will show up in Japan if you keep your eyes open!
There were thousands of people (mostly out of town) flocking to the shoreline around Kobe to watch the annual summer fireworks and usually we do our best to avoid it, we have an apartment pretty high up and get a good view from our balcony. This time though some relatives came to visit so it was off to battle the crowds and try and get a good vantage point. On the way there it was: taxi, motorcycle, bus, Subaru Justy Mime Alpha, taxi, bus, taxi, KP510 Nissan Bluebird Coupe, taxi… wait, stop, go back! Sure enough the Bluebird was in absolute immaculate condition and warranted a closer look in daylight the next day.
It is in a holding yard for a car auction company and being Sunday, it was all locked up with security cameras in full view. I was tempted to jump the fence but no, let’s do this properly and call the company to organize a photo shoot. From what I could see the KP510 has had an excellent restoration… either than or this thing has just rolled out of a museum somewhere! It just looks too good to be sitting there under the summer sun in a holding yard.
I’ll be there again in the morning with bells on if the staff allow me to do a photo shoot! I wonder how much it’ll fetch at auction?
Words/Images: Justin Karow