JCS2011: Super rare Carina hardtop coupe TA17!

July 5, 2011 in JCS2011


This posting had a high Sonny Chiba feeling: this restored Carina hardtop coupe TA17 is exactly the same model as Sonny Chiba used in the famous commercial!
Toyota Carina hardtop coupe TA17 @ JCS2011
Toyota Carina hardtop coupe TA17 @ JCS2011

The owner and his buddies came all the way from Finland to the Goodwood Festival of Speed and inbetween they stopped by at the JCS2011!

Just look at how beautiful those tail lights are sunken deeply into the bodywork!
Toyota Carina hardtop coupe TA17 @ JCS2011
Toyota Carina hardtop coupe TA17 @ JCS2011

Also imagine what potential watertrap that could be!

Toyota Carina hardtop coupe TA17 @ JCS2011
Toyota Carina hardtop coupe TA17 @ JCS2011

The Carina TA17 hardtop coupe has been imported from Japan and it, as the owner described it, is his dreamcar and he simply had to. He does own another 10 Toyotas from which 3 are Carina TA14s.

Last but not least: this is how great fender mirrors are:
Toyota Carina hardtop coupe TA17 @ JCS2011
Toyota Carina hardtop coupe TA17 @ JCS2011

A very high coolness factor but a limited angle of view…

Carina Sightings: Carina’s twin Brother

February 19, 2011 in carina sightings


MyCub uploaded these two videos containing all Corona Twincam Turbo TT140 commercials featuring Roger Moore (when he was still 007). The Carina GT-TR TA63 had the puppy saving Sonny Chiba, its twin brother the Corona GT-TR TT140 had Roger Moore jumping out of a truck!


On one hand I prefer Roger Moore because he got a bit more class (and so does the Corona), but on the other hand the Carina is more a ordinary hero’s car.
I love the last commercial with the three trucks saying “Toyota”, “Twincam Turbo” and “New Corona GT”.

In this second video we see more James Bond in the ads: with the classy ladies, the miraculous escape and the good endings!


Of course the aim of Toyota was to get some more of the 007 glory they received with the 2000GT and lost again to Aston Martin…

Carina Sightings: how the Carina A40 was designed

May 12, 2010 in carina sightings

This 1977 Toyota Carina commercial shows how the A40 Carina was designed: with tron-like neon computer vectors the laser sharp lines of the A40 were cut out and moulded into the famous (pre-facelift) shape!


Apparently Toyota did not need Sonny Chiba to convince us the sharp lines were the way to go in 1977! Did they they change their mind and rehired him in 1979?

Carina sightings:Carina A40 commercials with Sonny Chiba

December 16, 2009 in carina sightings

After last weeks puppy saving Carina with Sonny Chiba we have two other Carina videos featuring him:


The Sporty Special looks like a great car to me! Could it have been a special version of the Carina GT coupe TA45 or was it just the ordinary LX or XT?

How about Sonny Chiba driving the Swiss Alps then?


Lovely sight to see the Carina coupe driving through the mountains! Even the Swiss Rescue give their thumbs up!

Carina Sightings: Puppy saving Carina GT-TR TA63

December 9, 2009 in carina sightings

Two years ago I posted the puppy saving Carina commercial and unfortunately it disappeared due to copyright violations… (why?!)
Lucky enough Youtube CM poster mycub posted it once again:


And once again Sonny Chiba saves the day!