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Commercial time: Safety first Corona T100

March 31, 2011 in commercial time by banpei

Safety first with the Toyota Corona T100 series. I think car safety has come a long way since this commercial was made!

Just look how that whole Corona crumples up with an impact speed of only 25 km/h!

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Carina Sightings: Belgian pre-production Carina GL

March 30, 2011 in carina sightings by banpei


I was going through the collection of Carina brochure pictures and one small detail stroke me on this brochure:
Belgian Carina GL
Belgian Carina GL

The Carina in the bottom picture is a Belgian Carina TA60 GL. Now that isn’t that weird, but the brochure is Japanese and dated as S56-9 (September 1981). The Carina A60 lineup was released in September 1981 so the Carina on the brochure must have been a pre-production model.

This was done by Toyota before, just like the Levin and Trueno AE86 European tour in 1983 but we’re talking about a left hand drive Carina here.

Also in this picture you can see the front of the car is actually featuring quad headlights:
Belgian Carina GL
Belgian Carina GL

Now it gets even more confusing and more and more questions arise!
Why did they feature a LHD pre-production car in Belgium in a JDM brochure? And why does it have quad headlights while all European models did only have the normal headlights? And where is that car now?

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Car chases: Skyline C111 chased by two other C110s!

March 29, 2011 in Car chases by banpei

Unknown from what season Seibu Keisatsu this chase is taken from, but the chase cars are all four door yonmeri Skylines and Gloria 430s. Also Tachi Hiroshi is featuring in this episode, so it must be shot in 1982 or later…

So, be prepared for some C110 and C111 carnage:

BTW: did one of the black Skyline C110s turn into a C111 after five and a half minutes of abuse?

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Japanese rustoseums (part twentyfour)

March 28, 2011 in rustoseums by banpei

This time rusty J-tin from the old world: a Dutch Toyota Corolla KE20 crumbling away next to a B-road. The Corolla appears to be in a reasonable state, but since it has been parked there for years now I fear the worst. Unless someone pays a ridiculous amount of money the owners will leave it there till it has merged together with the soil…
Dutch Corolla KE20
Dutch Corolla KE20

I passed this rusty rolla many many times but never actually stopped to take a picture of it. The picture was taken by Dutch Toyota Club board-member Marco when he passed it. Since he already took the picture it saves me the trouble of taking my own. ;)

Found at [Dutch Toyota club]

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DOTS: Toyota Supra MA70

March 27, 2011 in dots by banpei

Even though the Toyota Supra 3.0 turbo MA70 isn’t that rare I hardly spot one in the wild. This one was driving in front of me when I visited our second Dutch office for my work. Lucky enough it parked in the same multi-storey car park as I did.
Toyota Supra MA70
Toyota Supra MA70

I took a quick snapshot with my phone cam and a better picture with my analogue camera that still needs to be developed…