If you were to tell me that you have never heard of Shin Yoshikawa, I wouldn’t be shocked, because I hadn’t either up until recently. Who is he? you ask. Well, the short story is that he is an absolutely incredible metal fabricator. He and his shop (Studio Time Capsule) create automotive art in the form of classic sports cars. They restore automotive history, and recreate some of the more special cars in their own interesting way. They are true craftsmen in my mind, and use all of the old school tools that the coach builders of the 1920′s and 1930′s used. Much of their work is with aluminum, which is generally known to be painful to work with. It is tough to weld, and even tougher to shape. Shin and his crew don’t seem to be phased by it though, because they build entire cars out of it. But how? Well, I don’t know…. When I figure it out I will let you know.
This specific project is a hand built recreation of a Toyota 2000GT (Only ~350 real ones were built from 1967-70). Shin decided to make his own all aluminum body from scratch that was identical in shape to an original body. The amount of work and skill involved in doing this is nearly unmeasurable. I hope you enjoy today’s project as much as I do, because it is a very rare art.