Nissan Skyline Van VBC110, Pigsbutt Laurel, Toyota AE86 update [Banpei Weekly episode 10]

March 17, 2017 in banpei weekly, video

This week in the Banpei Weekly we have a Nissan Skyline Van VBC110, Datsun 200L (aka the butaketsu / pigsbutt Laurel in Japan) and an update on the Toyota AE86!
Nissan Skyline Van VBC110 - Datsun 200L - Banpei Weekly Episode 10
Yes that’s a whole lot of things! But wait, there is also the channel update!

Channel update

Last week, shortly after posting the Banpei Weekly episode 9, the banpei.net channel on Youtube reached 500 subscribers!
500 subscribers for the banpei.net channel on Youtube!
Many thanks to all of you subscribing! This really is a milestone for the channel!

Now if you wish to know more about it, watch the full episode below: Read the rest of this entry →

Family Album Treasures: Bell-bottoms Nissan Laurel C130

February 8, 2015 in Family Album Treasures

Bell-bottoms were a big fashion craze throughout the early 70s and the same applied to coke-bottle styling, like on this Nissan Laurel C130, on cars.
Family Album Treasures: Nissan Laurel C130
The owner Willchan first owned a Nissan Cherry X-1R and then upgraded to this Nissan Laurel 2000GL 6 cylinder KHC130 coupe. The butaketsu (pigsbutt) Laurel looks great with the added fog lights integrated in the grille surrounding.

Given the shape and (less) flare of his bell-bottoms I’d reckon this photo must have been taken late 70s when slowly but surely the bell-bottoms were on its way out. Just like the coke-bottle styling got replaced by the squared off and ruler car designs.

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WTF: Exhaust pipe routed through Calsonic Nissan Skyline R31

January 11, 2015 in WTF

Being one of the early bloggers about kaido racers (aka bosozoku style) I don’t get a high brow often, but this JTTC Calsonic Nissan Skyline R31 race car replica in the shape of a kaido racer really gave me a WTF:
WTF Exhaust through NIssan Skyline R31
This video features a couple of Showa cars that are either kept (in mint) bone stock or modified to a great extend, including this Nissan Skyline R31 GTS-R. Now the interesting part is why the owner chose to hacksaw a big hole in the floorpan where the passenger seat used to be and routed the exhaust to the side of the car (through the sill) and not chose to do it directly through the sill from the . Or even welded something around the exhaust pipes to keep the noise levels a bit down. On the other hand, this makes the modification more obvious for the eye…

Apart from this Skyline there are the following cars: Toyota Celica GT-R AA63 (unmodified), Dual-Factory green Toyota Publica Starlet KP40, Body-Make Nissan Bluebird 810 coupe kaido racer, kyusha kai pigsbutt Nissan Laurel C130 on Hayashi Sakura rims, kyusha kai Nissan Skyline GT C110 on Racing Hart rims, Toyota Crown MS80 kaido racer, orange Nissan Skyline GT-R KPGC10 and a white G-Nose Nissan Fairlady 240Z S30.

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Picture of the Week: Dutch Datsun car dealer in 1977

December 20, 2014 in picture of the week

I found this scanned newspaper photo of a showroom of the Dutch Datsun car dealer Rhenoy (in 1977) posted in japanseklassieker.nl Facebook group and immediately thought to share it here:
Dutch Datsun car dealer showroom
What I quickly spotted in this photo was (from top left clockwise):

  1. Datsun 160B / 180B / 200B coupe (aka Nissan Bluebird 810)
  2. Datsun 260Z (aka Nissan Fairlady Z S30)
  3. Datsun 200L coupe (aka Nissan Laurel C130, aka pigsbutt Laurel, aka butaketsu)
  4. Datsun 280C sedan (aka Nissan Gloria 330)
  5. Datsun 160B / 180B / 200B sedan (aka Nissan Bluebird 810)
  6. Datsun 100A (aka Nissan Cherry E10)
  7. Datsun 160J coupe (aka Nissan Bluebird 710, or plain 710)
  8. Datsun 100A F-II two door sedan (aka Nissan Cherry F-II F10)
  9. Datsun 100A F-II coupe (aka Nissan Cherry F-II F10)

Now the big question is where is the Datsun 120Y (aka Nissan Sunny B210) in this photo? Or did I guess the first car wrongly here?

In my opinion the most interesting cars at this Datsun car dealer are the first four cars. Styling wise the late 70s was when Nissan shifted from coke-bottle styling to ruler styling and that’s quite visible in this showroom. The all new 160B/180B/200B (Bluebird 810) just arrived and also shows the arrival of the ruler styling with its sharp lines. There is just one tiny coke-bottle hip left over at the rear quarter of the car. Even sharper lines and more angular design would arrive with the all new 1977 Datsun 200L (aka Nissan Laurel C230), 1977 Datsun 160J (aka Nissan Violet A10) and the 1978 Datsun Cherry (aka Nissan Pulsar N10).

If I had to pick one car from this Datsun car dealer showroom back in 1977 I probably would have taken the four door Datsun 180B sedan. Simply because of it practicality and fuel economy for as far as you could call it economical at all. However if I had to pick one today I would choose either the Datsun 200L coupe (I just love the word butaketsu!) or the Datsun 200B coupe.

Hilarious: Butaketsu Laurel C130 backing up

September 9, 2014 in hilarious, WTF

Fake or not: this video of a Nissan Laurel C130 pigsbutt (butaketsu Laurel) backing up against the dude helping reverse parking is very funny:
Nissan Laurel C130 Pigsbutt
I really wonder what will happen…

Watch the video below for the unpredictable outcome: Read the rest of this entry →

Pigletsbutt Laurel C30

October 6, 2012 in JDM

The Nissan Laurel C130 hardtop coupe is also know as the butaketsu (pigsbutt) Laurel, so should its predecessor Laurel C30 hardtop coupe be called the Kobutaketsu (pigletsbutt) then?
Pigletsbutt Laurel C30 hardtop coupe

From the front it looks exactly the same as the normal Laurel C30: Read the rest of this entry →