Stripped down and rebuilt to the highest degree, JDM Legends produces its finest work yet with this Datsun Z
Jonathan Wong –
May 11, 2017
Photographer: Jordan Pay
True masters who dedicate themselves to the art of vehicle restoration are hard to come by, especially when we’re talking about cars that fit into the world of Super Street. Scattered in sparse quantities around Japan (thoughts of Rocky Auto, Biko Works, and Mizuno Garage quickly come to mind), artisans who reside in our neck of the woods are even more limited. Imagine the shock (not to mention confusion) when you discover that one of these shops is all the way out in Utah.
Going by a name that perfectly identifies what they are, JDM Legends isn’t the first shop of its kind, but it certainly lives up to its name by not only importing vintage Japanese vehicles (exempt from the 25-year rule), but restoring them as close to their former glory as possible—or however detailed or modified the vehicle’s future owner should choose. Because of this, the company has quickly earned a reputation for delivering collector’s items to those looking to add a Japanese legend to their garage.
The shop is the brainchild of Eric Bizek, the onetime fabricator and technician at Cobb Tuning who always had a thing for older Japanese cars, but really began to develop his tastes after taking a look at Trey Cobb’s (owner of Cobb Tuning) small collection, which included Celicas, 510s, and the first Nissan Hakosuka Skyline he’d see in person. “It had a life-changing effect on me,” Eric says. “I always had love for the 510, but the Hakosuka was like the 510’s older, sexier counterpart—Selena Gomez versus Salma Hayek, if you will.” These cars had such an effect on Eric that he decided that if there were guys like him who were searching for ways to bring them into the country legally versus the “watered-down versions we’ve been fed here in the States,” that forming a business like JDM Legends to do so would be worth a shot.
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