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Family Album Treasures: Laurelu gee-ess-eksu

September 29, 2012 in Family Album Treasures by banpei

Or at least, that’s how this proud owner would have called his latest acquisition in the early 70s:
Family Album Treasures: Nissan Laurel SGX C130
Otousan (father) is making sure the SGX badge of his Laurel C130 is just as clearly visible on the photo as his daughter. You could almost say the Laurel is part of the family!

Also okaasan (mother) makes sure her dress matches the Laurel’s tail lights: Read the rest of this entry →

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Friday Video: junkyard stroll in Japan (part 3)

September 28, 2012 in video by banpei

What amazes me most about Japanese junkyards is the number of luxurious cars stashed there…
Nissan President 80k kilometer

This video by BANKAKUEMIKO is filled with cars like the Nissan Cedric Y30, Toyota Celsior, Toyota Crown Majesta UZS141, Skyline R33 and a Nissan President: Read the rest of this entry →

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Carina Sightings: Carina Jeune remains young!

September 26, 2012 in carina sightings by banpei

For a very obvious reason the Carina Jeune attracted my attention when I first read the 1984 Carina brochure.
Toyota Carina SG Jeune AA60
Displayed on this picture it may look a bit dull to you and you are right: it is a dull car!

The car itself is in immaculate condition:
Toyota Carina SG Jeune AA60
But even from this angle it doesn’t get any better. It remains an immaculately dull looking car…

So why am I so overly excited over a dull car? My excitement is about this device called a back sonar: Read the rest of this entry →

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Brochures: French Eterna Sigma in Spain

September 25, 2012 in brochures by banpei

For some reason during the 80s the Japanese liked to portrait their cars in a foreign habitat, like they needed approval from the old world. The same happened to this 1980 Mitsubishi Eterna ?:
1980 Mitsubishi Eterna Sigma brochure
This Eterna ? is on French plates (Paris), RHD and portrayed next to a Spanish farmer and his mule (Sancho Panza) and against the Don Quixote white windmills.
What were they trying to say? That the Eterna Sigma is capable of attacking the giants (windmills)? Or that the Japanese advanced technology wise more than the Spanish (and the old world)? And why is the lady on the right drinking coffee? I honestly don’t know…

Found at Furudo Kai

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Video Option: Motoharu Kurosawa tests the Leopard F31

September 24, 2012 in video by banpei

Long before Keiichi Tsuchiya earned his stripes in racing Motoharu Kurosawa dominated the Japanese GP in his hakosuka Skyline GT-R. The same happened with reviewing cars for Video Option magazine: long before we became familiar with Keiichi pushing any Japanese sports/racing/tuned car to the limit on a touge run Motoharu Kurosawa was doing the same:
Motoharu Kurosawa tests the Leopard F31 for Video Option

Looking at this September 1988 review of the Nissan Leopard F31 it becomes clear a lot has changed in the past 24 years, for instance the tests that mattered: Read the rest of this entry →

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DOTS: little red Mitsubishi FTO

September 23, 2012 in down on the street by banpei

In the Netherlands we did receive a couple of the cool nineties-era Mitsubishi products like the Lancer Evo II (and III), GTO (called 3000GT here) and the Eclipse, but the FTO was a Japan-only exclusive model. You can imagine my amazement when I spotted this little red RHD Mitsubishi FTO in my rear view mirror:
Down on the Street: Mitsubishi FTO
Can you see it?

Or here a bit better: Read the rest of this entry →