This was really a big WTF for me: Mitsubishi Pajero Jr Flying Pug – WTF?! No, it is not a modern London cab! And it is not a Riley Elf retro car based upon the new mini! (the old Elf was based upon the old one). No, it is the Mitsubishi Pajero Flying Pug!
Mitsubishi thought a downsized Pajero would create a great mini SUV. So they created the Pajero Jr in 1995. Unfortunately sales were not booming as they expected them to be, so they tried to sell them through some limited editions. The names were as insane as the thought of people willing to buy limited edition mini SUVs: McTwist, Lynx and Flying Pug! Back in the early nineties the English retro looks were very popular, so Mitsubishi thought the Pajero Jr Flying Pug would sell great when styled after a London cab with big wide fenders and a big Mercedes-like hood ornament! Boy, they were wrong! Sales still declined and the whole Pajero Jr was killed off in 1998.
This particular Pajero Jr is one of the 149 Pajero Jrs produced in 1998 and thus incredibly rare. It can be yours for only 8000 dollars while an ordinary Jr can be picked up for 100 to 1000 dollars. At least I wouldn’t spend that amount of money on it.
Rustoseum: Nissan Skyline C210 Wagon Imagine the potential of this car! Just like the infamous Carina firevan you can put a mighty engine in there, lower it to ground scraping heights! Or just put in the L20ET engine from the 2000GT-EX turbo and you would certainly have the coolest Skyline Japan sleeper of them all!
Rustoseum: Nissan Skyline C210 Wagon Too bad this example is too rusted for all that: even the hood has crumbled away enough to give us a glance of the engine in there. Most probably a L16T as fitted in the 1600TI together with a lot of foliage!
This time a 1971 Japanese Mazda Capella RX2 advertisement:
Funny that the Japanese try to sell the RX2 by giving the impression that the Americans approve and love the car! I can’t read the name of the driver from his signature, but he says funny things like: Well, that sure does look different! At first I thought it was Pat Bedard, but both the time (Pat Bedard only started to have interest in the RX2 in 1972) and signature can’t be his…
Also puzzling: the driver tests the car and on 0:24 he starts to make a turn resulting in oversteer on 0:27. How would you explain that he is doing his test on a dragstrip and not a circuit? Personally I have never seen a dragstrip with a corner in it! ?(???;)