ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The History of VIP Styled Cars

Updated on June 10, 2013
A very nicely done up JDM VIP Nissan President
A very nicely done up JDM VIP Nissan President

A Short History and Background of VIP Cars

What is the origin of VIP Cars? They most likely started from a Japanese car club or four cars, who went by the name of 'Black Cockroach'. All four cars were painted matte-black, or flat black, and they were a Toyota Celsior, Toyota Crown, Nissan Cima, and Nissan President. They were connected with the Japanese mafia, known as the Yakuza, and shortly after some of the gang members were styling their own luxury cars in this same manner. Eventually another car club was formed, called VIP CLUB, and they were featured in Young Magazine which boosted their popularity throughout all regions of Japan. Before they were called VIP cars (VIP in Japan is pronounced as a single word, like Vip), they were known as Haiso cars, which was short for High-Society, because they were taking expensive, luxurious cars and modifying them with very expensive and exclusive parts.

So what defines a VIP car? VIP cars were originally powerful rear wheel drive luxury sedans produced by Nissan and Toyota. The most common models used in VIP styling were the Toyota Aristo, Celsior, and Crown, and the Nissan Cima, President, and Fuga. There are other various models though as well. Many of these cars are only produced in Japan, although equivalent models were produced such as the Lexus GS, Lexus LS, Infiniti Q45, and Infiniti M.

Typically, VIP cars are lowered with coil-over suspension or airbag suspension. They are also defined by there 'stance', which is incorporating how low your car is with the size and offset of the wheels used. VIP cars usually have three-piece wheels, and are given an excessive amount of negative camber.

One thing that sets this niche of Japanese car tuning apart from sport-compact scene is the quality of the work done and the quality of the parts. While you can go out and find many imitation companies for Honda, Nissan and Toyota sports cars that make parts that look like the original brand, with VIP style cars, there are almost no imitation companies out there. Many of the arts are hard to find, and very expensive when you can find them, and it is fairly common to find a VIP car with more than $10,000 put into it. This is almost necessary, because remember that they were luxury cars to begin with. You wouldn't at all want to lower the quality of your car in any aspect when it comes so well done from the factory.

What is the ultimate VIP enthusiasts dream? Check out my hub about the Toyota Century

You can view my website about VIP Cars by clicking the link!

Here is a super clean Lexus LS400, or what would be a Toyota Celsior in Japan
Here is a super clean Lexus LS400, or what would be a Toyota Celsior in Japan

Of the 4 most common platforms we have in the states, which would you choose for your VIP Car?

See results
My 1993 Lexus GS300: Project Toyota Aristo
My 1993 Lexus GS300: Project Toyota Aristo

My slow VIP car project.

Above is a small photo of my personal car. I don't have a whole lot done to it yet, but it is a slowly moving work-in-progress. It is a 1993 Lexus GS300, and I bought it from the original owner about 4 years back. So far, I've managed to lower it on Blitz springs and KYB GR2 shocks. I also have JDM Toyota Aristo Taillights and JDM Toyota Aristo HID Headlights, as well as a JDM Toyota Aristo strut bar. My personal favorite piece to my car is the Junction Produce passenger table I have. I know there aren't too many out there that were made for left-hand drive vehicles, and I still haven't found another first generation Lexus GS that has one.

At one point I started piecing together a Toyota Aristo V(there was a Q and a V line, the Q had the 2JZGE non-turbo engine while the V had the twin-turbo 2JZGTE) turbo kit, which I still have most of the pieces too, but the funding for that project is currently on halt.

Thanks everyone for looking at my page, if you have any questions, comments, or critiques, please leave me a comment at the bottom of the page!


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)