The Carina A6 in the Toyota Family Tree

March 1, 2013 in catalogues

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. 🙂

Carina Sightings: yellow van in Motegi

July 18, 2012 in carina sightings

Found this amazing photograph of a Carina TA67-V (or KA67-V) last week on AUTOnGRAPHIC:
Carina TA67-V at Mooneyes event Motegi
The photo was taken at the Mooneyes event in Motegi.
Reminds me of the gold colored Carina van my dad used to own in the mid 80s…

Photo taken, owned and copyrighted by AUTOnGRAPHIC

Auctions Yahoo: Carina van round headlights

January 3, 2012 in auctions yahoo

Spotted this auction of a full set of Carina van TA67 round headlights yesterday on Auctions Yahoo:
Carina van TA67 headlights on Auctions Yahoo
Not only does it include the round headlights and its surroundings, but it also includes the grille. The headlights have been converted with clear lenses and are able to carry H4 (type 4) bulbs or an HID replacement! Ideal to transfer your Carina van (or normal Carina) into a Firevan replica!

This is how it looks on the seller’s Carina: Read the rest of this entry →

Japanese rustoseums (part seventeen)

December 20, 2010 in rustoseums


I’ll try to post as much Carina related stuff this week as possible, so be prepared for some overload of Carina goodness! Let’s kick off with some Carina rustoseums!

For starters I found this little 3A powered SG coupe rusting away on someones blog:
Carina SG AA60 coupe rustoseum
Carina SG AA60 coupe rustoseum

A small detail: the Carina sits on a set of Celica A40 rims.

This Carina TA67 wagon looks like an old delivery van. With the writing on its side it looks like what the Fujiwara Tofu Carina TA67 must have looked like:
Carina SG TA67 wagon rustoseum
Carina SG TA67 wagon rustoseum

Of course the 2T engine did not have enough power by itself, so naturally he would have swapped it for a 2T-G or 3T-GT. 😀

Speaking about rusty vans. how about another TA67?
Carina SG TA67 wagon rustoseum
Carina SG TA67 wagon rustoseum

It was found near Rausu. This one really looks bad and way beyond repair.

Carina Sightings: Carina Vans in Abunai Deka chase

June 2, 2010 in carina sightings

Last week I spotted an Abunai Deka episode featuring not only one Toyota Carina van, but actually three of those Carina vans! Enjoy the vans:

As you can see detective Takayama chases a silver Carina van, overtakes a white Carina van at 1:19 and finally stops the wrong silver Carina van in the end. Well, the leaf sprung Carina van was no match for the Suzuki motorcycle anyway… As far as I could tell at least two of the three vans were DX models, so either a TA67, KA67 or CA67.

Back in 1986 when the Abunai Deka series were shot (broadcasting was from 5th of October 1986 till 27th of September 1987) the Carina van was still sold, only to be discontinued in April 1988.

I was doubting if I should post this video in the Car Chase regular or the Carina Sightings. It (obviously) became the latter…

Carina Sightings: Carina van TA67 rustoseum

April 14, 2010 in carina sightings

In one of my rustoseum searches I came across a very sorry looking Carina TA67 van left behind in the middle of nowhere:
Toyota Carina TA67 rustoseum
Toyota Carina TA67 rustoseum

All windows are gone, roof looks like it could serve as a pool and the inside looks like a farmer used it as a shed. 😀

Toyota Carina TA67 rustoseum
Toyota Carina TA67 rustoseum

You can see big dents on the side and the side mouldings are missing everywhere except on the rear door.

There are two things I would actually have wanted from this Carina: the round headlights (I can at least start a collection then!) and the wind deflectors.