Harlow Jap Autos: A JDM Paradise Hidden within the English Countryside


UK climate is knowingly unpredictable, however on this gracious Monday morning the solar was out able to strike some heat for individuals who wanted it. For this story nevertheless, it’s solely proper that we begin from the start the place it began.

The yr is 2005 when two brothers determined to show their ardour right into a profitable enterprise. Having performed and liked quite a few PlayStation 1 video games, Arooj and his brother found that their love for JDM automobiles was a little bit greater than fanboy fantasies. Initially a BMW fanatic, Arooj would quickly be launched to JDM correctly by a pal by Max Energy – a well-liked tuning journal again then.

Their newly discovered passion quickly led them to standard on-line Japanese movies that includes excessive energy Skylines and Supras. As destiny would have it, they had been purchasing for groceries at an area grocery store one afternoon once they noticed their first Skyline GT-R. It was an R32 GT-R, one in every of solely 90 automobiles delivered within the UK. This was their efficient turning level, and the 2 brothers determined to pool funds collectively to open an import enterprise.

The financial savings they’d had been from working odd warehouse jobs, and that meant they may solely afford automobiles below 2,000 kilos. A number of Honda Civics, Pajeros and the likes bought them the momentum they wanted. Practically 20 years later they’re proud homeowners of the most important JDM import enterprise within the UK and EU with a number of showrooms and repair bays.

Again to me, Oct third 2022.

I got here to know Harlow Jap Autos by Fb. In case you are into JDM automobiles you then undoubtedly know or heard of HJA. So when a possibility offered itself for me to go to them, I dropped every thing I had going for this particular journey.

I left the home in a rush and grabbed a espresso on my approach out earlier than leaping on a practice from the Archway station in Higher Holloway. My vacation spot was a enterprise park close to Stansted Airport, which meant taking not less than 3 trains.

Upon arrival at my remaining cease in Stansted, I started my 2 mile stroll to the M11 Enterprise Park which is positioned proper subsequent to the airport. The world is surrounded by lovely English countryside views, with tiny footpaths solely sufficiently big for a human and a canine.

Up up to now, there was no indication of a JDM storage in sight, usually you’d see one or two automobiles driving round presumably owned by clients. However not on this case, the calmness was deafening and at one level I needed to ask a canine walker if I used to be in the correct space. The canine answered on their behalf by nodding ‘sure’.

The M11 Enterprise Park quickly appeared proper forward, the afternoon solar was out in full colours with sufficient warmth to heat away the autumn chilly. I used to be greeted by a 2JZ Aristo lowered on air, however the showroom was locked. So I gave Arooj a name and he knowledgeable me that he was simply across the nook selecting up one in every of his consumer’s automobile.

Arooj quickly ushered me inside and that’s when my mind went onto a brand new dimension. The entire place seems like a made up Disney park for all of your childhood JDM desires. A few of the automobiles inside don’t exist wherever else, 1 of 1 creations.

Stock Supra
Bone Inventory Supra

We begin proper up on the most important door the place a pink MK4 Supra is parked. This can be a inventory automobile with authentic powertrain nonetheless untouched – matching gearbox and engine numbers. The inside continues to be new even the leather-based on the shifter knob nonetheless has that new leather-based look. Mileage? 6,000 miles solely! HJA desires about $140,000 for it, a good worth when you evaluate with what others are asking for critically disturbed automobiles.

Subsequent to it’s a 1 of 40 Nissan Skyline R33 400R, and that is automobile #40. That is at present the most costly Nissan in the marketplace with a price ticket of $1.8 million USD, even Z-Tunes don’t get that prime, not less than not but. Incoming within the subsequent few weeks is one other 400R, a really uncommon one to that matter. To have a good time their participation in Le Mans, Nissan made 188 R33 GT-R LM Restricted. 88 had been normal GT-Rs whereas 102 had been GT-R V-Specs. Out of those automobiles, Nissan took 1 automobile and transformed it to a 400R! This automobile will quickly be a part of the HJA assortment.

R33 GT-R 400R
R33 GT-R 400R #40

I flip round and there’s a 1,400hp Pals Racing R34 GT-R, the engine bay seems prefer it simply got here straight from the producer with all of the sharpening happening in there. This automobile is known for doing 0-300km/h in simply 11.80s.The primary Liberty Stroll R35 GT-R in Europe is now a part of the HJA assortment too. This automobile was lately displayed on the Goodwood Pageant of Velocity a number of months again.

Friends Racing R34 GT-R
1400hp Pals Racing R34 GT-R

Sandwiching the Liberty Stroll GT-R is a Ferrari 360 Problem on the left and a F355 Problem on the correct. The 360 Problem is now highway authorized and has a customized exhaust whereas the F355 continues to be restricted to trace use.

Liberty Walk GT-R35
Liberty Stroll GT-R35

A number of steps forward I used to be greeted by a white R33 GT-R, properly achieved with coloration matched TE37 wheels. Arooj’s private R34 GT-R is true subsequent to it, it is a Solar Line Racing automobile, he even has {a magazine} with the automobile on the entrance web page. The automobile is roofed in carbon – bonnet, fenders, facet skirts, trunk, rear wing and so forth. Enkei wheels end off the look. The automobile certainly belongs to a museum.

Behind Arooj’s automobile there’s a venture R34 GT-R ready to get restored. It’s a full on race automobile with nothing roadworthy hooked up to it, the wheels possibly? Fascinating to see what they make of it as soon as its full. A Silvia S15 is parked proper on the automobile carry that goes to the higher flooring. It’s merely among the finest trying Silvias on the market and deserves to go to a great dwelling.

Arooj's Personal GT-R
Arooj’s Private GT-R

One other holy grail appeared on the nook of my eye, you can not mistake that coloration for something apart from a GT-R. That is an R34 GT-R V-Spec II Nur R-Tune. Sure, the longer the identify the costlier it will get, solely 12 of those had been made. Even with out asking, I don’t anticipate the automobile to fetch something below $400,000 in todays market. It’s completed in Millennium Jade and it’s important to see this coloration in individual to know the hype behind it.

R34 GT-R V-Spec II Nur R-Tune
R34 GT-R V-Spec II Nur R-Tune

Extra gems adopted to my left, subsequent to the R-Tune sat one other V-Spec II Nur and subsequent to it sat an R32 GT-R V-Spec. Issues bought much more attention-grabbing as I moved ahead, I used to be now standing in entrance of a Champion Blue R33 GT-R LM Restricted, solely 188 had been made and there’s a single 400R from that quantity. As I discussed above, that automobile might be becoming a member of the gathering quickly.

Behind the R33 GT-R LM Restricted sat two R34 GT-Rs, one in Bayside Blue and the opposite in Lighting Yellow. A WRX STI was now proper behind me, I rotated and walked in the direction of one other black R34 GT-R V-Spec II Nur which has already been bought to a Canadian purchaser.

Subsequent to it was one other MK4 Supra in black, then I moved on the to rear deck the place Mitsubishi’s most interesting lay. There have been two Evo VI TMEs each in Ardour Pink. These are ex Mitsubishi UK automobiles, automobile quantity 6 and automobile no 1. It was automobile no 1 that broke the world file for the most costly Mitsubishi ever bought, $165,000 USD~.

The higher deck of the showroom hid extra gems from the eyes beneath. Up there I used to be greeted by a really huge turbo Supra. The proprietor has PPF’d the entire entrance however not sufficient to protect it from the engine warmth, even with the turbo blanket you would see a warmth patch on the bonnet from the PPF melting.

Huge Turbo Supra

I believe essentially the most spectacular automobile upstairs is the a inventory Evo VIII RS. It seems identical to it did when it left the meeting line with steelies and all. This had been made particularly for rally groups or autocross fans to maintain the prices down.

There have been not less than 4 extra R34 GT-Rs up there, and a Ultimate Version Evo X priced at $80,000. A Tommy Kaira S13 Silvia marked the top of the viewing.


In a number of weeks time, the showroom will endure extra modifications as new automobiles arrive and others go away. The JDM clientele within the UK is large and Eire makes up for the largest market share. The remainder of the consumers come from USA, Canada and New Zealand.

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