Down on the Street: insane Nissan Sunny GTI-R

November 14, 2015 in dots

Everything about this Nissan Sunny GTi-R is insane and I’m not only referring to the specifications of the car! I covered this GTI-R a few years ago with a couple of photos but back then I was ignorant of its importance. As I had to pass this car every other day I decided to collect some more footage this time:
Down on the Street: Nissan Sunny GTI-R
On the Dutch licence registration page the information told me it had been registered officially as a Sunny 2.0 GTI-R van. Wait a minute: someone was able to register a Nissan Sunny GTI-R as a van in 1993?

The video

Enjoy my homage to the Nissan Sunny GTI-R below that I created using the footage I collected during some five to six times passing by: Read the rest of this entry →

Friday Video: Keiichi Tsuchiyas old drift cars

July 24, 2015 in video

We all know that Keiichi Tsuchiya loves his kouki Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86 drift car, but did you know he owned a couple of other legendary cars before that? For instance this Nissan Skyline 2000GT GC10?
Keiichi Tsuchiya's Nissan Skyline GT GC10
In this Best Motoring video Keiichi Tsuchiya explains what cars he used privately to tear up the touges: a Nissan Skyline 2000GT GC10, a Nissan Sunny 1200 GX5 B110, a Toyota Starlet S KP61 and a Toyota Sprinter Trueno GT-V AE86.

The first short clip is covering the Nissan Skyline 2000GT GC10: Read the rest of this entry →

Brochures: Datsun Sunny Mario 120Y

June 22, 2015 in brochures

The Mario character from Nintendo appeared for the first time in the Donkey Kong game that got released in 1981. So how could Mario show up on the inside of this 1975 Dutch Datsun Sunny 120Y brochure?
Super Mario Datsun Sunny 120Y
Miyamoto, the creator of Mario, never acknowledged anything about the origin of the character and the wildest stories have been told. Could it perhaps be modelled after this Datsun Sunny 120Y character?

The page shown above is taken from a Dutch brochure that is in typical mid 70s style: Read the rest of this entry →

Commercial Time: Nissan Sunny and Stanza ad goof up

December 11, 2014 in Commerical time

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 →

Down on the Street: Nissan Sunny GTi-R N14

January 3, 2014 in down on the street

I found this beautiful Nissan Sunny GTi-R N14 parked in the town next to my hometown.

I actually returned to the “scene of the crime” to take photos of a Nissan Silvia S14 I spotted a half year earlier but I lacked to bring a camera back then. So I was quite surprised to find this GTi-R parked on the same spot!

I actually spotted a white Sunny GTi-R before on the Wangan Warriors 10 meeting but it is not the same car. So I was lucky to spot a second one of these great little cars!

Yes it is a genuine GTi-R: Read the rest of this entry →

JAF 2013: RWD from the 70s

June 2, 2013 in event, Events, jaf2013

There wasn’t that many 70s cars around at the Japanse Autosport Festival. Probably got to do with the fact that anything sporty from the 70s nowadays is tucked away in a museum.
JAF 2013: Mitsubishi Celeste
This Mitsubishi Celeste also looked like it belonged in a museum. Period correct number on the license plate and it looked almost as stunning as the Mitsubishi Cordia! And of course this one is based on the Galant A70 series, so it is rear wheel drive!

Another stunning looker was this track prepped Sunny B110: Read the rest of this entry →