Panda AE86 paint scheme [JDM Trivia #8]

January 27, 2016 in JDM Trivia

JDM Trivia number eight!

I expected people to jump on the Fujiwara Tofu livery of the Corolla E80 sedan and I was right about that. Actually I wasn’t aiming for the Initial D inspired sticker but rather for the panda AE86 paint scheme applied to it. Why? Well because the two tone panda paint scheme of the AE86 is actually quite subtle and it is easy to make mistakes in it.
JDM Trivia #8: Panda AE86 paint scheme

Panda AE86 paint scheme

To get started, and sorry if you already know this, but there are two types of the hachi roku: the Toyota Corolla Levin and the Toyota Sprinter Trueno. The former has fixed square head lights while the latter has 70s and 80s style popup head lights. Both of them featured in two body styles: 3 door hatch back and 2 door sedan. People also refer both as a coupe as they have been marketed as a coupe in various regions. However according to the Toyota firewall ID plates the real coupe is the 3 door hatchback and the 2 door sedan is called a hardtop. But enough about introducing even more confusion… Read the rest of this entry →

Brilliant: Maeda Tomato Shop panda red Levin AE86

September 7, 2012 in brilliant

About ten years ago it was very hard to find a panda white Sprinter Trueno AE86 at all and nowadays it is more or less a challenge to find one that was originally delivered in panda white!

The owner of this panda red Levin AE86 must have thought his car was just the opposite of the panda white Trueno:
Panda red AE86 Maeda Tomato Shop
The writing says Maeda Tomato Shop (private) and what is the opposite of tofu-white panda? Right: tomato red panda!

Found at Morningcoffee

Wrecked: red panda Sprinter Trueno GT Apex

May 17, 2012 in wrecked

On January second 1997 this almost mint red panda Sprinter Trueno GT Apex AE86 died:
Wrecked: red panda Sprinter Trueno GT Apex AE86
This zenki Trueno was built in July 1984 and featured Bilstein shocks, TRD lowering springs, TRD LSD and a Tanabe limited exhaust. The wheels are a bit difficult to identify since they are not listed, but looking at the design it could come close to a set of black Advan A3As.

From the picture above it does not look that bad, but from the rear it becomes apparent why this car was declared to be totaled: Read the rest of this entry →

Down on the desk: Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86 mouse

January 15, 2012 in down on the street

It took only 13 days to arrive from Japan to my desk: the BOSS Coffee Sprinter Trueno car mouse!
Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86 mouse
The tail lights really do work, the indicator lights do shine a bit (light comes from the optical led) and the shape is okayish to work with, especially since my hands are above average Dutch size and absolutely non-Japanese sized nor shaped. So currently I’m kind of drifting my AE86 mouse on my desk at work and work as a BOSS! 😉

Big thanks to 7Tune for offering them for sale and the “Like a BOSS” heart! I hope you guys enjoyed drinking the Coffee first or did you just empty it into the sink?

WTF: Panda Trueno Mouse!?

December 6, 2011 in WTF

I’ve seen a lot of weird panda Trueno merchandise, but this mouse is about the weirdest of them all!
Panda Sprinter Trueno AE86 mouse
Yes it really does look like an accurate scale model with a big bonnet bulge. 😉

And yes it does have working indicator lights: Read the rest of this entry →

Carina Sightings: Panda Carina coupe AA63

August 31, 2011 in carina sightings


After last weeks sad news some good news: I got word from Arpad that his coupe was spotted with different licenseplates on it, so there is hope he will be reunited with the car! Nevertheless, if you spot it somewhere: don’t hesitate to contact me!

Now to get back on topic: I found this immaculate Panda Carina GT-R coupe for sale on Auctions Yahoo:
Panda Carina coupe GT-R AA63
Panda Carina coupe GT-R AA63

The buy-me-now price is at 1000000 yen (13000 US dollar) a bit steep but you will get a whole lot of car for that money!

First of all the car only travelled 110000 kilometer so far, the body is practially rust free (and in very good shape) and is still in its original panda paint with colorcode 041 (Super White III, only available on late models). Second of all the car features an oldskool period correct urethane lip and louvre rear window.
Panda Carina coupe GT-R AA63
Panda Carina coupe GT-R AA63

The Carina is lowered with a short stroke set and 12K/8K springs at the front and rear and a two way LSD has been fitted. Unfortunately the mouth watering deep dished Longchamps are not included in the deal…

What is included in the deal is this 20V 4AGE blacktop:
Panda Carina coupe GT-R AA63
Panda Carina coupe GT-R AA63

Modified with direct ignition and a Freedom ECU.

Additionally the car also has an AC and powersteering. However the condenser of the AC has broken down, so it can be quite pricey to get it to work again.

I still think 1 Million yen is a bit high for the whole package… But in case you are interested in placing a bid (currently at 400K yen), you can find it here: Panda Carina coupe Auctions Yahoo