Friday Video: The very first Best Motoring video!

June 6, 2014 in video

Back in December 1987 the very first issue of Best Motoring video became available. The video was a monthly magazine containing not only car news and reviews but also extensive how-to’s on subjects of mastering cornering or drifting. KaKo posted this video in four separate parts:
Best Motoring first video: Mitsubishi HSR Concept
The first video covers the Nissan MID-4 II, Toyota FXV-Ⅱ and Mitsubishi HSR concept cars. Followed by a short video (in sepia) about the Tokyo Motor Show from the 50s till 80s including the 27th motorshow that just happened days before the release of the video. And last part of the first video covers an extensive test between various cars including the new (second generation) CR-X Si and the Nissan Skyline GTS-X R31. Read the rest of this entry →

Family Album Treasures: Toyota Heart Project

December 1, 2013 in Family Album Treasures

I really do love the Family Album Treasures I find on sites like Minkara:
Family Album Treasures: Toyota Crown GS131
The owners stand out in front of their greatest pride. You can really see the love they have for it and sometimes they even put half their life’s worth of salary in it. ;)

Last week I found this video by Toyota about their Toyota Heart Project that consists entirely out of Family Album Treasure photos: Read the rest of this entry →

Down on the Street: Toyota Crown MS85 it’s Friday!

November 18, 2013 in down on the street

I know I featured this Toyota Crown MS85 Super Saloon a good year ago, but it appears in front of the office now and then:
Down on the Street: Toyota Crown MS85
And it looks so damn great I can’t leave it be. ;)

The Crown really looks a bit gangster with its colors and high springs: Read the rest of this entry →

Hilarious: Super Duper Toyota Crowns!

October 1, 2013 in hilarious

While browsing the interwebs I do encounter a lot of different websites and some of them are more interesting than others. Some others are less interesting but do feature hidden gems in not that interesting things. Take for instance this Toyota Crown S120 brochure which features this model/type overview in one of the last pages:
Toyota Crown MS120/GS120 brochure
What strikes me is that about every model of the Toyota Crown is super: Sedan Super Deluxe, Sedan Super Saloon, Sedan Super Saloon Extra, Station Wagon Super Saloon, Hardtop Super Edition, Hardtop Super Saloon and the cherry on top is the Hardtop Super Saloon Extra! How much more super can it get? ;)

Some time ago Daniel O’Grady from Wasabi Cars posted a video about a neglected private car-collection where he mentioned that every car in Japan features a super deluxe somewhere: Read the rest of this entry →

Car chases: mysteriously dented Whale Crown

March 29, 2013 in car chase, Car chases

Currently I’m watching the 70s series called The Persuaders! which is way before my time but nevertheless very entertaining to watch. The series is an adventure/detective around Roger Moore shortly before he became 007. Basically Roger Moore had just upgraded from a crook (The Saint) to lord (Brett Sinclair) and with his sidekick Danny Wilde (played by Tony Curtis) he miraculously encounters many (coincidental) adventures with spies, diplomats and other rich and famous people. In this particular episode Brett Sinclair gets mistaken for a British spy by Kay (played by Suzy Kendall) and the Russians drive a RHD whale Crown in this episode:
Toyota Kujira (whale) Crown MS60 in The Persuaders!

Moore drives an Aston Martin DBS and Curtis drives a LHD Ferrari Dino 246 GT and most other vehicles are periodically and location correct (LHD Renaults, Simcas and Peugeots when located in France), so this Crown is a bit of an oddball in this series as it is RHD, has Corps Diplomatique plates and is supposed to be a Russian car. Perhaps back in 1971 when the Kujira (whale) Crown was released and this episode was shot it really looked like it came directly from outer space and the producers thought the viewers would dig it as Soviet design?

I made a short compilation of the Crown in action: video on the next page