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Ebay treasures: 1969 Mazda Luce 1500SS

October 5, 2014 in ebay treasures by banpei

The first generation Mazda Luce was sold in Europe as the Mazda 1500 and Mazda 1800. As Mazda was using its performance image, thanks to successful rotary engine racing, to sell cars naturally the Mazda Luce 1500SS (Super Sport) performance model was also sold. The treasure today is such a model, hence the SS badge on the grille:
Ebay Treasures: Mazda Luce 1500SS
The Mazda Luce 1500SS had a twin carburettor setup added to the existing 1490cc Mazda UB engine which increased the power from 78PS to 86PS. Not a lot, but enough to make the car more responsive.

This particular 1500SS seems to be in pretty good shape: Read the rest of this entry →

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Friday Video: hilarious Nissan Skyline C110 pool dive

October 3, 2014 in video by banpei

One of the Nissan Skyline C110s in this Seibu Keisatsu car chase ends up taking a dive into a pool:
Nissan Skyline C110 pool dive
Not only the pool dive, but the whole scene is hilarious: it all starts out with a bad guy leading two black Nissan Skyline C110 police cars to their hideout, setting off the bad guys fleeing in a Nissan Patrol. This kicks off the big chase including Nissan Cedric 430s and ending the chase for the Nissan Skyline C110 above in the pool

See below for the whole scene and guess how it ends: Read the rest of this entry →

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Down on the Street: Toyota Celica GTi AT160

October 1, 2014 in dots by banpei

If you would have asked me if I would post a Toyota Celica GTi AT160 on my blog I probably would have given you a definite no. But as five years have past since I did the first Down on the Street a lot has changed: cars have become older and some models even have gone almost extinct, just like the Celica T160 series:

Even if the car is the first front wheel drive Toyota Celica it certainly aged very beautifully.

According to the Dutch car register this originally Dutch Celica is a GTi model and is powered by a 1587cc engine, so it must be the 4A-GE powered AT160 model as we only got the 4A-GE powered Toyota Celica GT AT160 and the 3S-GE powered Toyota Celica GT/GT-four ST162. Read the rest of this entry →

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Count the Nissan Skyline R31s at R31House

September 29, 2014 in count by banpei

Just take a deep breath and count the number of Nissan Skyline R31s in this photo:
Japanese Rustoseums: R31 house junkyard
I must admit I stopped counting after the fifth row of Nissan Skyline R31s…

These three photos were taken at the R31 House junkyard. Read the rest of this entry →

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Puzzle: how did they get there with this Toyota S800?

September 21, 2014 in puzzle by banpei

Once again I was just aimlessly browsing through photos and bookmarks I made and I encountered this photo of two girls, a guy and a Toyota S800:

So it puzzled me: how did the three get there with that Toyota S800? I saw one in real life and that made me aware of the fact that fitting two average persons in a Toyota S800 is a real challenge, let alone three!

Well, when I looked futher on the Flickr page I found the answer: Read the rest of this entry →