The hate and the problem of the Boss14

A Boss14 with a Datsun racing livery.
A Boss14 with a Datsun racing livery.

Kei Miura is a name that is very well known in both the drifting and stance scene, having created some of the widest kits that we’re perfect for drifting and for “Shakotan” style cars. Amongst basic flares and bumper sets, he’s also made a few kits he’s called the “Boss kits”. The S14 was the first to get one of these kits.

Upon release, a storm of hate was flung in Rocket Bunny’s direction, as people simply didn’t understand the meaning behind the kit. Here’s why.

The hate

Datsun Sunny 120Y
Datsun Sunny 120Y

Upon first sight, most people (myself included) thought RB put the nose of something like a ‘69 Dodge Challenger R/T on an S14. However, that’s not what they were after.

The idea behind the boss kit was to put the nose of a car’s predecessor on a newer model (much like putting an S13 nose on an S15, but taken to the extreme), as the nose on the front of the Boss14 isn’t that of an old muscle car, but rather that of an old Datsun. Zoom in far enough, you’ll spot a shiny little “Datsun” badge on the grille of some S14s with Boss kit (most people don’t have them, probably to make it look cleaner).

The problem

A Datsun 510, nicknamed "Tanto", which is a Japanese dagger.
A Datsun 510, nicknamed "Tanto", which is a Japanese dagger.

Japanese car manufacturers in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s were infatuated with American styling. Every brand made at least one car that was supposed to look American. The C110 “Kenmeri” Skyline was supposed to look like a generic muscle car, the Mazda Sport Cosmo was supposed to look like a hybrid between a Ferrari 400 Superamerica and a ‘50s Ford Thunderbird, the Toyota Celica GT Liftback was supposed to look like a Mustang, and so on.

One key styling feature is that American cars had just 2 front headlights which were often simple round lamps, though the Japanese cars we’re most familiar with had rectangular headlamps like the C10 “Hakosuka” Skyline, or sometimes 4 round headlamps, much like the boxy Datsun we know and love most; the 510.

I’m sure that if the Boss14 had 4 headlamps instead of 2, it would’ve looked more like a Datsun, but Miura was being correct by using only 2, as he probably drew inspiration from the Sunny, as it looks more like a sporty coupé than the 510, which is more like a Japanese rival to the Fiat 124 (not the Spider, don’t get confused).

To help clear things up though, here’s another car with a Boss kit.

Mad Mike's FD RX7
Mad Mike's FD RX7

On this car, Rocket Bunny put the nose of an S104 RX3 Savannah on an FD RX7, using the same mindset as they did when they made the Boss14.

What are your thoughts on Boss kits? What did you think the Boss14 was mixing when you first saw it? Personally, I think it’s a cool idea, but I’m not a big fan of them.

  • MH

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