Down on the Street: the affordable Toyota Starlet EP71

May 12, 2015 in dots

Lately the Toyota Starlet EP71 is making its comeback to the streets fast! Gone are all the wellfare moms who drove the Starlet P7 for years without maintenance. Gone are all the grandpas and grandmas who drove the Starlet P7 and wrote down every liter of fuel consumed in a small booklet. Gone are all the 18 year old new driver girls who drove the Starlet P7 because it was the only affordable car.
Down on the Street: Toyota Starlet
Welcome to all enthusiasts that want to buy a (almost) classic car with go-kart experience on a shoestring budget! And I see more and more of them lately.

Yes, if you would like to buy an affordable classic this is definitely the car to buy. You can mod it without major cost involved as shock and spring upgrades, tires, aftermarket exhaust and engine upgrades are cheap for this car: Read the rest of this entry →

Down on the Street: updated Honda Prelude Mk5

March 30, 2015 in down on the street

Remember this Honda Prelude mk5 I shared two months ago?
Down on the Street: Honda Prelude mk 5
Back then I stated that it must be owned by someone who appreciates JDM.

Well I spotted it again this morning during my daily bike ride to work:
Down on the Street: Honda Prelude Mk5
And it looks a bit different as the owner updated the Prelude to a new level!

As you can see a bit closer up the front fenders have been swapped for a set of vented FRP fenders: Read the rest of this entry →

Down on the Street: Snowy Mazda MX-5 NA

February 22, 2015 in dots

On the very same day that I encountered the snowy Subaru Impreza WRX I also made photos of a snowy Mazda MX-5 NA:
Down on the Street: Snowy Mazda MX-5 NA
This red Mazda MX-5 originates from November 1990 and was imported 14 years ago into the Netherlands.

As you can see a lot of things have changed on this MX-5 in the past 24 years:
Down on the Street: Snowy Mazda MX-5 NA
First if all the double exhaust pipes look brilliant on it. I have no idea if they are functional or not but they don’t look fake or something.

Down on the Street: Snowy Mazda MX-5 NA
Then there is also a boot rack (trunk rack for the US) mounted on the boot/trunk which should increase luggage capacity for long weekend trips.

Down on the Street: Snowy Mazda MX-5 NA
The wheels are dished Rota RB rims (Minilite/Watanabe copies) but I’m unsure about the size as I did not make a clear picture of that.

Down on the Street: Snowy Mazda MX-5 NA
Last but not least: the snowy Mazda MX-5 NA reminded me of the Miatas from Cars in this photo. I tried to add eyes and eyelids but I simply couldn’t post it here, so you will have to do the same by squinting your eyes and see for yourself. 😉

Verdict: I really love to see this Miata every morning when I bring my son to school! It hardly ever moves but I hope the owner just suspended his/her daily commute in it during wintertime.

Down on the Street: Snowy Subaru Impreza WRX

February 7, 2015 in dots

Earlier this week it snowed in the Netherlands and since everything got covered in a thin layer of snow I’d thought it would be nice to take a short hike over the moors nearby. So I drove to the outskirts of my hometown and while finding a suitable parking space I ran into this blue 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX GDA:
Down on the Street: Snowy Subaru Impreza WRX
The owner must be proud of it as it is in stunning condition!

It is the pre-facelifted version of the car with an headlight conversion: Read the rest of this entry →

Down on the Street: Honda Prelude MK5

January 6, 2015 in dots

Last week I bumped into this last generation Honda Prelude in an underground parking garage:
Down on the Street: Honda Prelude mk 5
Sorry for the mediocre photo quality, but camera phones, dim light and fluorescent lamps are not a good combo.
The prelude was parked there shortly before I entered the parking garage as the car was still wet from the rain above ground.

This last generation Honda Prelude is disappearing from the streets rapidly: Read the rest of this entry →