Carina Sightings: Carina GT coupe TA45

August 5, 2009 in carina sightings by banpei

This week we don’t feature an A60 Carina, but the previous generation of the Carina. Basically it was the predecessor of the TA61 Carina GT, but it didn’t have the IRS as found on the TA61 yet. IRS was only available for the Celica Camry model, which was basically a facelifted Carina A40 with IRS.

Closeup of the Carina GT Coupe TA45
Closeup of the Carina GT Coupe TA45

So, why feature the TA45 then? Well, because of a topic on Japanese Nostalgic Car forum about that car. It contains a link to where it is sold and I was stunned by its beauty! I’d say let the pictures (and video) speak for itself…

Rear view of the Carina GT Coupe TA45
Rear view of the Carina GT Coupe TA45

Just look at those lines: it looks like a minified Nissan Skyline Japan C210! A small downside is that the bumpers were already made from plastic, so less chrome on the car. 🙁

Front view of the Carina GT Coupe TA45
Front view of the Carina GT Coupe TA45

There was also a video attached showing the passengerside and interior of the car. I took the liberty of downloading the video and uploading it to Youtube and preserve it for future generations:

That gives you a nice impression of the interior: immaculate! But here are some additional pictures of the interior and GT seats of the car:
Dashboard of the Carina GT Coupe TA45
Dashboard of the Carina GT Coupe TA45

GT Seats of the Carina GT Coupe TA45
GT Seats of the Carina GT Coupe TA45

The GT seats may not be as impressive as the bucket like seats of the third generation Carina, but they sure look comfortable enough while taking on some tight corners. 😉

Furthermore the car is on a perfectly correct set of Watanabe RS eight spokes:
Watanabe RS eight spokes under this Carina GT Coupe TA45
Watanabe RS eight spokes under this Carina GT Coupe TA45

And last but not least its heart: the fuel injected 2T-GEU engine!
2T-GEU powering this Carina GT Coupe TA45
2T-GEU powering this Carina GT Coupe TA45

The car itself can be found here:
Carina GT Coupe TA45 on Japan Vintage