WTF: Nissan copied the Toyota RV-1?

June 28, 2012 in WTF

In 1971 at the Tokyo Motor Show Toyota revealed the Toyota RV-1:
Toyota RV-1 in 1971
It clearly is based upon the (back then) new Celica TA22 and got is rear extended with the gullwing windows.

At the same time the bumper, engine hood and headlights look a bit familiar: Read the rest of this entry →

Japanese Rustoseums (part thirtyseven)

June 7, 2012 in rustoseums

Now imagine you are about to enter a town called Koyaguchi Nogami and you see some car wrecks hidden in the foliage:
Japanese Rustoseums Nissan Skyline KPGC110

You get a bit closer and see this: Read the rest of this entry →

Family Album Treasures: GT-R and flares

March 12, 2012 in Family Album Treasures

In the early 70s you needed two things to be BIG in Japan: flared jeans and flared Skyline!
Nissan Skyline GT-R KPGC110
As this picture was taken on a sulky day in June 1980 we’ll forgive this guy for not wearing flared jeans. ;)

Found at Minkara

Christmas: Tomica Limited 1/64 scale Carina GT-R

December 15, 2011 in christmas

A few days I go I already posted about winning the tail lights and the very same day I received a package from Japan (from a different AY source) containing a set of Soarer Z10 centercaps, Carina mudflaps, Carina brochure and this little yellow 1/64 scale Toyota Carina GT-R:
Tomica Limited Vintage Neo 1/64 scale Carina AA63 GT-R
I got it for a bargain price and did not expect much from it until I read this posting last week and was very impressed by it.

I compared it against the Hotwheels Skyline KPGC110 GT-R I bought some last week and I was shocked by the difference in quality! See also this picture: Read the rest of this entry →

WTF: Hotwheels Skyline KPGC110 GT-R Christmas bargain

December 3, 2011 in WTF

Yesterday I was doing my Christmas shopping (actually us Dutch celebrate Sinterklaas) and had to buy some wrapping paper in a bargain store called Blokker. My eye fell on the bargain Hotwheels sale and couldn’t resist going through the bin. My heart skipped a few beats when I found the beautiful 2011 edition Skyline GT-R KPGC110:
Hotwheels Skyline KPGC110 GT-R
For a bargain price of only 1.99 euros! That’s less than 3 dollars. WTF?! Lucky! Bargain!
So I dug deeper and found three more KPGC110s and a few others! (more on that later in this post) Unfortunately no hakosuka Nissan Skyline 2000GT-X or BRE Datsun 510 Bluebird. :(

In the end I bought two KPGC110s, one for my son and one for me (at work): Read the rest of this entry →