WTF: Mini emerging from a Daihatsu Mira Gino

November 17, 2014 in WTF

When the Daihatsu Mira Gino (also known as the Trevis abroad) arrived the car world immediately spotted the similarities between the Mira Gino and the original 60s Mini. It was like Daihatsu made the missing link between the original Mini and the new (BMW) Mini. Now with a little bit of dressing up you can actually make the Mira Gino look like the original Mini:
WTF Dauhatsu Mira Gino
Winged Mini inspired logo, walnut veneer all over the place, Mini slated grille and those round indicator lights at the front make it look like 00s meets 60s.

Even the Rallye Monte Carlo lookalike roof-rack and plate look convincing: Read the rest of this entry →

WTF: Hey! Paula Nissan Langley?

October 8, 2014 in WTF

The first thing that came into my mind when I saw the photo of the cassette below was: did Paul Newman sing a Nissan Langley song?.
WTF Nissan Image Song Graffiti
Fortunately not!

This B-side of a Paul Newman cassette called Skyline Image Song Graffiti is called Hey! Paula and was a great hit by Paul and Paula. Nissan used it for their 1982 Nissan Langley commercial: Read the rest of this entry →

WTF: Tomica Nissan Gazelle S12 Super Silhouette replica

August 16, 2014 in WTF

After yesterdays TOMs Corolla Group 5 I was searching for Group 5 cars and found this Tomica Gazelle.
Wait a minute! Isn’t that supposed to read Tomica Skyline Super Silhouette replica?
No, it isn’t! This is all about the Tomica Nissan Gazelle S12 Super Silhouette replica:
Tomica Nissan Gazelle S12 Super Silhouette
Yes, someone made a replica of the Tomica Skyline Super Silhouette racer in the early 90s but used a Nissan Gazelle S12 body for that. He even included all correct livery… WTF?!

You can watch the video below: Read the rest of this entry →

Reverse Fetish: LHD Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86 in Japan

August 10, 2014 in Retro, reverse fetish, WTF

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, so naturally in the US and Europe we love the JDM cars and RHD is actually a novelty. It is no different in Japan: they love USDM and EUDM car: in the past I’ve posted a few other reverse-fetishes. In this case it is all about a left hand drive (LHD) Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86 at the HaCHiRoCK Festa 2008:
LHD Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86
Seen from the dash it is an USDM model (tachometer on the left, speedo in miles), the seat has the inflatable lumbar pump (as seen on the Celica XX) on the driver seat and the body style is a JDM Trueno or USDM GT-S. The source only has this particular photo so it is unclear whether an existing RHD has been converted to LHD or this car is actually a genuine USDM Toyota Corolla GT-S imported into Japan (most probably), so we’ll probably never know for sure…

Found at: Minakara

WTF: 13 inch Celica Supra rims!

May 1, 2014 in WTF

I knew there have been various sizes of these Celica Supra rims: 15 inch 6J (mine/Supra/Soarer/Carina), 14 inch 7J (the most wanted), 14 inch 5.5J, but apparently there was also a 13 inch (5J?) rim made:
WTF: 13 inch Celica Supra rims
Aren’t they cute??? ;)

Found at Club4AG