Encounter: Kawashima-san’s セリキャン – Pushing The Limits


Since the picture we posted yesterday of Kawashima’s finished Celica made such a big impact, I figured it would be a good starting point for our coverage of the 2014 Tokyo Auto Salon.  His car was parked outside the entrance, so most everyone passed by it as they walked towards Makuhari Messe.  Last we saw this car it was parked at Car Service Hiro it was still in construction and had yet to be painted.  It’s great to see it in an almost complete state, and what better place to debut it than Tokyo Auto Salon.


The amount of work, and thought put into this car alone is amazing, but the fact that Kawashima pulled it off so greatly all by himself is what is really impressive.  To design a car like this isn’t something you just decide to do one day; there’s a lot more to it.  It made me a little upset that there were so many people posting negative comments about it on Facebook.  I understand cars like this cause controversy, but even if it’s not your style, you still have to appreciate the work.  People are so entitled these days that they think their opinion is the end all.  The truth is, without cars like this, and the people who build them, the industry we all love would be worse off.


It’s still hard to believe this car functions, but the fenders actually clear at full lock.  There was a little bit of damage to one of the fenders, but other than that it was still immaculate.


I love the cut back on the front fenders.  They have a very ‘organic’ feel to them that flows with the widebody very well.  I’m glad Kawashima was able to finish in time for TAS, and I’m glad it’s still got people talking!

Let this be a preview of what’s to come from inside the halls of Makuhari Messe – stay tuned as we’ll have our first round of coverage up soon.


  1. Jose Garcia

    Does anyone thinksnthat it could use a wing? I love the car as is but I feel like it could use it. What do you think?

  2. i respect what this car is and in a lot of ways i think its pretty bad a**. But, its not my taste so much. Thanks for the great post, though!!

  3. TonyToxicJDM

    This build is simply amazing! I absolutely love this car! You see, its mainly us Americans that hate this build, because here in the States, it seems being original and different is a huge crime! All we care care about is “who is the fastest” and “who looks the most like a race car” I simply hate the American car culture. All the originality gets hated on by everyone.. I rock demon camber and bosozoku pipes (star) and love it! Feels good to be different

  4. Ryan Senensky

    Personally, I think this car is absolutely horrific but that’s my opinion. It’s a mockery of stanced cars. Yes, It’s been done with a lot of care and with much effort and i appreciate that. More power to him for that but the Pontiac Aztek had a lot of effort and work put into designing it and that looks horrible, drives horrible and just IS horrible in every way too.

    I wont say all stanced cars are bad on the basis that they’re worthless for performance, so are lowriders and those are beautiful pieces of art. Stanced cars are monuments to the lengths people will go to for the perfect look, There are some truly beautiful examples of stance but with that being said you can go too far, like a boob job everyone can agree there is a degree to which anyone would think its too far(ie: Lola Ferrari). This car is the Lola Ferrari of stance.

  5. This car is the Bill Clinton of stance.

  6. Not a fan of stance but yes, the work put into it is pretty great. I’d raise the ass up a bit to fix the stance. It would make it look like a mean Celica… Which is hard to do.

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