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Reverse Fetish: USDM AE86 Gauge Cluster at Auctions Yahoo!

January 28, 2013 in reverse fetish by banpei

I’ve posted up a couple of reverse fetishes so far and I even posted an AE86 Gauge cluster before (which was wrongly indicated as EUDM). Japanese like overseas stuff like the Datsun 240K badges or Renault 5 Turbos. So not surprisingly this USDM AE86 Gauge cluster from a US Toyota Corolla GT-S AE86 is currently picking up some serious money on Auctions Yahoo:
Reverse Fetish: USDM AE86 Gauge cluster for sale on Auctions Yahoo
It is functional, its speedo goes all the way up to 150mph (240km/h) and it is mirrored in layout. Can you guess what the current price is???
price, pictures and auction link on the next page

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WTF: Fujiwara Tofu Shop Nissan Sunny RZ-1

January 24, 2013 in WTF by banpei

I’ve seen many Fujiwara Tofu Shop (private) inspired vehicles so far, but this Nissan Sunny RZ-1 B12 is done in such perfection that if the original was a Levin you had to look twice to see the difference.
Initial D Nissan Sunny RZ-1 B12
Of course it does help that the Nissan Sunny RZ-1 B12 and the (kouki) Toyota Corolla Levin AE86 share the same silhouette and have a similar headlights/grill. Nevertheless I can’t recall ever seeing pictures of a panda Sunny B12.

Found at RCW Malaysia

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Picture of the week: Cutaway Toyota Soarer MZ12

January 23, 2013 in picture of the week by banpei

Straight from a Toyota Soarer Super Gran Turismo MZ12 brochure this cutaway picture was scanned in a very high quality:
Toyota Soarer MZ12 cutaway picture
What I really like about this picture is the details in the 3 litre twin cam 6M-GE engine. Even though it was sold midst of Toyota’s twincam era it only featured two valves per cylinder. If you look close enough you can really see it clearly.

You can find the full size picture here: Toyota Soarer Super Gran Turismo MZ12 cutaway picture

Via MZ12GT

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Commercial time: Honda Civic 35XT

January 22, 2013 in Commerical time by banpei

I watched this JDM advertisement for the Honda Civic 35XT and it kind of puzzles me what the 35XT stands for…
Honda Civic 35XT
It just looks like a regular ED sedan, but then with the dual carbed hyper 16valve D15B2 engine in it…
Video on the next page…

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Who cares about Tokyo Auto Salon?

January 16, 2013 in drift video by banpei

While all the journalists of any importance were drooling over all the Toyota 86-es and Subaru BRZs at the Tokyo Auto Salon 2013 these guys were actually having some fun in the real 86-es at a circuit day organized by Auto Service Ito!

Who cares about 86-es and BRZs at the Tokyo Auto Salon when you can actually have fun with the real deal!

Direct link to video: 2013.1.13 日光サーキット 逆走 AE86 車窓 ノーマルエンジン

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WTF: Hello Kitty Bus II (the revenge)

January 15, 2013 in WTF by banpei

About a year ago I posted a Hello Kitty bus spotted at the JCCA NYM 2012, but that Hello Kitty bus is nothing compared to this pink monster:
Hello Kitty bus
This bus has been spotted at the Tokyo Auto Salon 2013 by Car heal space