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:
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. 😉
Found this amazing photograph of a Carina TA67-V (or KA67-V) last week on AUTOnGRAPHIC:
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…
Spotted this auction of a full set of Carina van TA67 round headlights yesterday 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 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
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. 😀
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…
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
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. 😀