WTF: Hugging a Toyota 3T-GTE engine

January 21, 2015 in WTF

I scanned this picture of a girl hugging a Toyota 3T-GTE engine from a Toyota Corona TT142 brochure. The borchure was inside one of the Kaikki Karina magazines I bought recently:
Toyota 3T-GTE engine hug
I’m not entirely sure I should call it hugging… It is more a bit like she cherishes the engine, or feeling a great affection to it and she also caresses the intake with her left hand. Now I that engine must have

It is a bit less odd if you take into account that the Toyota Corona T140 series got promoted heavily by Roger Moore who was back in 1982 still the actor that played James Bond.

Looking at this photo 33 years later makes the girl look a bit silly, or even a bit sexist photo on how to sell your high performance engines. Then again: James Bond likes classy stuff and the 3T-GTE was certainly a classy engine in the early 80s!

Practical Classics: British cars versus Japanese cars

January 24, 2014 in Magazines

I’m a subscriber to the Practical Classics Magazine and I just noticed their March 2014 cover:
Practical Classics Magazine March 2014
British versus Japan?
Kujira Crown coupe versus Ford Capri?
Triumph 1300 versus Corona?
Allegro versus Compagno?
Marina versus Bluebird?
Cavalier versus Accord?
I think only the Kujira Crown is going to lose in this battle! ;)
Oh boy, I can’t wait till it drops on my doorstep!

Count the Toyota 2000GTs in this picture!

December 28, 2012 in count

Sorry for the small scale, but this picture was taken from Minkara and is too amazing not to post:
Count the Toyota 2000GTs in this picture!
In case you really want to count them: you can include the Toyota 2000GT SEV in the foreground. ;)

Just imagine the amount of money this lineup is worth: the 2000GT averages somewhere around the $400,000 dollars (the Carroll Shelby is an outlier) and I counted at least 12 of them and the line just continues. 12 times $400,000 is just short of $5,000,000 dollar!

To put this a bit into perspective, have a look at this amazing Toyota Corona T140 lineup: Read the rest of this entry →

Auctions Yahoo: complete Carina KA67 front for grabs!

May 10, 2012 in auctions yahoo

It is a very rare occasion to see Carina KA67 van headlights for sale at Auctions Yahoo, or even including a matching Corona YT140 taxi grille.
Carina KA67 headlights and Corona YT140 grille
These headlights are the normal type headlights, so no HID replacement like the last one.

Is there any difference between the YT140 grille and the KA67 grille? Read the rest of this entry →

Down on the Street: hot Toyopet Corona RT20

February 5, 2012 in down on the street

Okay, I’m a bit cheating here since I did not spot this Toyopet Corona RT20 myself: it was spotted at a traffic light near the JCCA New Year Meeting.
Hot Toyopet Corona RT20
The car just breathes 60s hotrod all over itself except for the 80s Enkei Focus/Focus Racing rims.

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