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Picture of the Week: Lexus LS400 Cutaway

December 13, 2014 in picture of the week by banpei

This time this cut up Lexus LS400 is not a cutaway drawing but the real deal:
Picture of the Week: cutaway Lexus LS400
It is a bit of a shame I could not find a real cutaway drawing of the Lexus LS400 as this would have made an excellent example on how accurate the drawing would be. Also nice to note that since September this year the Lexus LS400 is officially a classic car now as the early models reached the age of 25 years.

Found at: Lextreme

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Friday Video: Grand Theft Seibu Keisatsu

December 12, 2014 in video by banpei

The storyline of this episode of Seibu Keisatsu is simple: some bad guys stole a bunch of cars (a Nissan Fairlady Z S30 and a pigsbutt Nissan Laurel C130) and Chief Daimon and his men are chasing the truck they are loaded on.
Grand Theft Seibu Keisatsu
The Machine RS-1 (Nissan Skyline DR30) seems to have gotten an upgrade with blazingly new computers that can follow a transceiver (note the misspelling at 0:31) and lead them to the bad guys. Chief Daimon joins the chase with his Nissan Fairlady Z 200Z-T. Other notable cars are the civilian Nissan 260Z 2+2 and a Nissan Gloria 230 sedan (no hardtop) crashing with a Nissan Bluebird-U.

Of course in the end, as always, the bad guys get away before they can be caught.

You can watch the full clip below:

And I posted the big finale some time ago and you can find it here.

Direct link to video: 昔 カーアクション 昭和 旧車 古き良き時代 R30 日産 S130Z

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Commercial Time: Nissan Sunny and Stanza ad goof up

December 11, 2014 in Commerical time by banpei

This 1983 Nissan Sunny B11 ad is a real gem: 30-ish female person is tied up on a half sunken boat and almost gets eaten by an inflatable rubber alligator while two bad guys in white suits and white hats (both a Panama) watch it happen and cheer on the inflatable rubber alligator:
Commercial Time: Nissan Sunny B11
Then she shouts for help from Sunny and a Nissan Sunny B11 Turbo sedan rushes in and the guy saves the day.

This obviously would make a fine commercial in Japan in the early 80s and would make a horrible vintage cult classic nowadays. However keep in mind that in the very same year Nissan promoted the Nissan Stanza T11 in Japan with the following family in a Stanza:
Commercial Time: Nissan Stanza T11
Yes, both father and son are wearing the very same white suits and very same white hats (also both a Panama).

You can watch both videos below: Read the rest of this entry →

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Carina Sightings: Yokosuka’s Toyota Carina AA63 for sale

December 8, 2014 in carina sightings by banpei

Occasionally I browse Goo-Net to see if there are any interesting Toyota Carinas for sale, like a Carina Jeune or a 20v Carina. So when I spotted Yokosuka’s deep blue Toyota Carina AA63 for sale earlier today I really felt a strong pain in my heart:
Yokosuka's Toyota Carina AA63 GT-R for sale
Why? It is one of the nicest Carinas around and he put so much time and effort in the car!
Yes it really is the same

On the positive side, this allows us to have a peek on all the internals of this beauty: Read the rest of this entry →

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Commercial Time: Nissan Leopard TR-X America

December 6, 2014 in Commerical time by banpei

When the Nissan Leopard TR-X (pronounced Tri-X) F30 was launched it clearly was aimed to fight off the Toyota Chaser GX61 (sedan and hatchback) and Toyota Soarer MZ10 (coupe) with this all new technology platform from Nissan. This Nissan Leopard TR-X coupe really was promoted as an American highway capable grand tourer coupe.
Commercial Time: Nissan Leopard TR-X America
The first (and second) generation Toyota Celica Supra was sold as the Toyota Celica XX in Japan, so the Tri-X could be a taunt by Nissan towards Toyota. BTW: Tri(ple)-X would nowadays imply something else. ;)

Why they branded it as being an American highway car is a mystery to me: they never sold the Leopard abroad. Perhaps they had the intention to do so, but that didn’t happen until the launch of the Infinity brand in 1990 and selling the four year old F31 as the Infiniti M30.

You can watch the full commercial below: Read the rest of this entry →