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Japanese rustoseums (part thirty)

September 30, 2011 in rustoseums by banpei

Imagine how sad it is to see this Skyline 1500 GL rusting away on an unpaved piece of land.
Nissan Skyline 1500 gl gc10
The driver-side door is open, so at least it can’t be damp on the inside…

Found at Yappari

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Picture of the week: Starlet KP62 face expression

September 29, 2011 in picture of the week by banpei

Sometimes the expression on someones face says more than the rest of the picture. That is certainly true for the driver of this Toyota Starlet KP62:
Toyota Starlet KP62
The expression on his face says so much more about the motion of the car than the rest of the photo! 😛

Found at Nanafc3c

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Carina Sightings: rear view catalogue

September 28, 2011 in carina sightings by banpei

Earlier this week I came across this photo of a Carina rear view mirror on Minkara and it reminded me of the cover of one of the Carina catalogues I own.
Toyota Carina a60 1983 Catalogue
The setting is almost the same, but the background isn’t

This is the catalogue cover I’m referring to: Read the rest of this entry →

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Family Album Treasures: the Levin brothers

September 27, 2011 in Family Album Treasures by banpei

Back in the early 00s when I tried to convince my friend Mux to buy a hachi my idea was to buy the same one as he did. This photo reminds me a bit of that era:
The Levin brothers
Two friends buying the same car, modifying it in the exact same way.
For Mux and me it worked out a bit differently: he bought a zenki Levin in metalic blue (colorcode 8A9) and I bought a zenki Trueno in silver grey.

Found at Kosi Gaya Racing

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WTF: love JDM retro styled cars!

September 26, 2011 in WTF by banpei

Do you love Japanese retro styled cars like the Nissan Pao/Figaro or the Subaru Vivio Bistro? Then you will definitely dig this van:
Japanese retro styled van
Influenced by the Citroën H van and improved with aircon and powersteering. 😉

Anyone got an idea which kei-van platform this was built on?
Finally found it: it is a Honda Vamos Mooa!

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DOTS: Miata hunting (part nineteen) plus bonus

September 25, 2011 in down on the street by banpei

After two Miataless months I thought it would be and excellent time to post up something I snapshotted half a year ago when I was at the Santa Clara conference hall. A USDM Miata had been parked at the conference parkinglot and while I was searching my bag for my HTC phonecam a white Celica RA42 parked right next to it! Yes, the Celica was indeed driven by a disabled person and it did have an automatic transmission.
USDM Miata and bonus Celica RA42
If you look at the Celica and Miata and compare it against the other two behemoths next to them you realize these two cars are very very un-American. 😉

When I walked around to take a snapshot up front the Miata owner returned left, so all in all I just had about one minute of luck to take the above snapshot. This is how the Celica looks up front: Read the rest of this entry →