Japanese Rustoseums: the very rare junkyard

August 23, 2014 in rustoseums

From various sources (like WasabiCars) I understood that finding a junkyard in Japan is very rare. There are some private yards that are mostly owned by garage owners and use the cars in the yard as spare parts. When I saw this photo of a real junkyard on a Japanese blog I couldn’t believe what I saw:
Japanese Rustoseums: the rare junkyard
In this big pile of rust I detected: a Mercury Cougar, a four door Toyota Chaser X30, a Mitsubishi Galant Λ (aka the Mitsubishi/Plymouth Sapporo and Dodge Challenger), a Toyota Celica A60 (maybe an XX?), a Nissan Skyline C210, a Toyota Corona T130, a Toyota Crown MS50 and the nicest of them all: a Toyota Publica van.

More photos of this junkyard can be found here: route0030

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 →