It might be sacrilegious to admit among some auto enthusiasts, but there's more to driving than performance and speed. Sometimes it can be a matter of love, as it is for Yasushi Shiroi, who has spent the last 21 years building a faithful replica of a car from a '60s Japanese sci-fi show.

Shiroi's car is the star of the latest video from The Aficionauto and it's truly a labor of love. This machine, which is sort of like a Japanese Batmobile, is based on a 1958 Chrysler Imperial and is designed to recreate a car called the Pointer 1 from the series Ultra 7. The latter was apparently hugely popular when it ran in Japan in 1967 and 1968, and told the story a seven-member team that fought off aliens attacking Earth. While the car in the series never actually ran, Shiroi wanted one that would.

The Pointer 1 has been in constant development since Shiroi has owned it. All of the body modifications have been done in steel, but mechanically, it remains something of a mess. ‚ÄčThis replica might be slow – and to many people, ugly – but it has brought its owner about as much happiness as a car can, and that's something worth celebrating. Scroll down to check it out.


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      pghcc2007
      • 1 Year Ago
      A few things : 1.) As the proud owner of a 79 Lincoln that spent a few presidency's not moving I can say for certain that these are classic carb issues hes having, a day with some solvent and a screwdriver or 10 min on JEGS or Summit Racing would make this man's life much easier. Forget electronics, I'm having a hard time thinking of any vacuum powered things on a 58 imperial its fantastically mechanical. (with the exception of the push-button automatic which had serious issues when it was even brand new). 2.) This is what genuine automotive enthusiasm is about, especially classic car enthusiasm. Letting an automobile make you happy, not buying what everyone else likes and running it through an Earl Schieb one day in hopes of selling it at Meccum. 3.) As much as i have viciously opposed and will continue to viciously oppose anything that makes driving and owning a car even one cent more expensive it helps to realize just how fortunate you are. $12,000 in taxes is utterly unjustifiable and simply theft.
      onewayroll
      • 1 Year Ago
      It hurts my eyes
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      Scifi cars of the 60s are weird
      Michael Walsh
      • 1 Year Ago
      KILL IT WITH KATANA!
      • 1 Year Ago
      [blocked]
      bootsnchaps60
      • 1 Year Ago
      Now we know the inspiration for the "design" of the Nissan Juke.
      citroen_2cv
      • 1 Year Ago
      I can't imagine how the people felt when they saw this car 20 or more years ago when the 'manga/anime' craze wasn't what it is today (cos play , comics parties anywhere in the world); he had the glands to make it real!, the rest is distantly secondary. Bravo Shiroi-san.
      Griffen W
      • 1 Year Ago
      No wonder the aliens were invading, they were trying to nuke that thing from orbit. Seriously though, that's a hell of a lot of work invested and if it brings that guy happiness then more power to him.
        citroen_2cv
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Griffen W
        Not just to him, the fans and all of us, the heroes of the show saved us (endless times) from Godzilla!, did you know where it was born? now you do know.
      Jim Belfiore
      • 1 Year Ago
      Last June while I was in Japan, I was fortunate to spend a day with Yasushi and drive with him and friends in the Pointer visiting locations that well known in the "Ultraseven" series. To say that this recreation is a labor of love is an understatement. It is a passion that is shared by Yasushi-san, and anyone who sees the Pointer, whether in a remote village hundreds of kilometers from Tokyo, or outside the Imperial Palace.
      Aurio Salimonne
      • 1 Year Ago
      I was going to get a similar one back on 1998 from and man,but I think is not 1958 the doors,the glass and the roof are way the same of the Imperial LeBaron 1961 I saw,huge AC unit from the trunk,bizarre green neon lights on the instrument cluster,push bottom transmission and square steering wheel.....back then he only ask me $3,500 and wish to go back and getting the car(but to late,the black beauty is gone to Europe) and on the movie The unfortunate success,with Jim Carey is a black also but is 1960 or 1959 with another black Tatra V8 rear engine
        Aurio Salimonne
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Aurio Salimonne
        The reporter is also wrong,wasn't a Chrysler car was a Imperial branded from Chrysler just like a Continental from Lincoln and the TV show was name Ultraman,they also used a lot of Chevrolet Corvair too painted silver,shame what they did with Speed Racer movie,Mach 5 was to be a nice Ferrari from the 50's or 60's not the crappy movie they did
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