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The Carina A6 in the Toyota Family Tree

March 1, 2013 in catalogues by banpei

A couple of days ago Japanese Nostalgic Car posted (yes I do read their blog occasionally) that because of their 75th anniversary Toyota created a big family tree of all models they created. Of course I immediately looked up the third generation Carina in it:
Carina A60 in the Toyota family tree
The nice thing is that they have a fairly good description on the timelines and model and it even includes what plat produced the car. The whole Carina lineup was produced in the Tsutsumi plant. They do mention the addition of the 1C diesel, 4T-GTE and 4A-GE engines but they forgot to add them to the specification sheet.

Another fun fact is that they set the release date to a specific date and in the case of the third generation Carina it was 7th of September 1981: coincidentally my dads birthday. 😉

Direct links to the model pages:
Carina A60 sedan (RA63/TA61/TA63/SA60/AA60)
Carina A60 coupe (RA63/TA61/TA63/SA60/AA60)
Carina A60 Surf (SA60)
Carina A60 van (TA67)

You can also view the original/initial catalogs, but later ones are not included. Links to the catalogs:
Carina A60 sedan and coupe (September 1981)
Carina A60 Surf (February 1982)
Carina A67 van (September 1981)

If you really want to reverse engineer you can actually access the scanned pages of the catalogs directly. These are the first page and last page of the first catalog. 😉

BTW: I just realized the old site got broken after the server upgrade a few months ago and the old content has disappeared. I’ll see if I can fix that. 🙂

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Wish I could have photographed this Colt A20

September 15, 2011 in catalogues by banpei

Just imagine it is someone around the same age as your dad (or granddad of course) who drove this Mitsubishi Colt 1000 with his wife back in 1963 for the backside of the Colt A20 catalogue:
Around midnight in Tokyo with your Mitsubishi Colt 1000
The photograph is done in a typical early 60s style: showing the magnificent progress (the car, the blurry neon lights), the mood (dark, gloomy and wet asphalt reflecting the tail lights) and of course usage of the colors (pastel like). Makes me wish I could have taken this photograph!