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Japanese Rustoseums (part thirty-three)

February 29, 2012 in rustoseums by banpei

The big question is if this Nissan Laurel C31 picked up some foliage along the way or if it is actually growing a tree out of its bumper!
Nissan Laurel C31 rustoseum
I fear the latter. 🙁

This two tone painted C31 once used to be a SGL, but nowadays it can hardly be called anything at all…
Nissan Laurel C31 rustoseum
But given that it is not a super rare hardtop or Medalist I don’t think it really matters much. 😉

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My younger brother Laurel

February 27, 2012 in random by banpei

At least, that’s what the Skyline R30’s owner must have thought.
Laurel and its older brother Skyline
The Skyline R30 shared its underpinnings with the Laurel C31, so that makes the C32 parked next to this R30 its younger brother.

Found at MS1122

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New goodies: kouki Carina AA60 tail lights!

February 25, 2012 in my carina by banpei

After missing out a couple of auctions on Carina AA60 tail lights, I decided I really had to get them the next time and contacted Ewan from Hayatonka. He understood the pain and difficulties, and did his best for me. After nearing the scary deadline the price rose quickly, but we managed to win the auction after all!

After being on a boat for four weeks the tail lights finally have arrived at my doorstep:
JDM Carina AA60 tail lights
A pair of zenki Carina AA60 tail lights, mid console and some other small stuff included in the auction. The lights basically look like they are brand new, so that was a very luck win!

The difference between the Carina AA60 and AA63 tail lights is that the AA63 ones are smoked. This means the AA63 ones look a bit blackish, while the AA60 are just normal ones. I can live without that I guess. 😉

Here you can compare how different they look from the zenki ones: Read the rest of this entry →

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Japanese Rustoseums (part thirty-two)

February 24, 2012 in rustoseums by banpei

I have three words for this video: only in Japan…
Nissan Skyline KPGC10 rustoseum
So far I counted the following:
2 x Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86s
1 x Toyota Celica RA28
1 x Nissan Cefiro A31
2 x Nissan Skyline K(P)GC10
1 x Toyota Sprinter Trueno Black Limited
(Video on the next page) Read the rest of this entry →

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Family Album Treasures: Group C

February 23, 2012 in Family Album Treasures by banpei

Back in 1983 the Group C races (prototypes) were the main event at the Fuji International Speedway with its smaller brother Group 5 (Super Silhouette) being the teaser for the big race. Not surprisingly the Group 5 cars were way more popular than the Group C as they were looking like the cars in real life. One of the exceptions to this was the Hasemi Skyline Group C endurance racer that looked awfully similar to its Group 5 counterpart:
Hasemi Skyline Group C
Same engine (570hp turbo charged LZ20b) but then with a lower, wider and more agressive looking bodywork! I would certainly pose in front of that as a little kid!

But why limit yourself to the Hasemi Skyline when there is also the Nissan Silvia March1: Read the rest of this entry →

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Carina Sightings: Argentinian Carina owner

February 22, 2012 in carina sightings by banpei

Toyotas were sold throughout the world, so naturally the Carina was sold globally as well. This Argentinian Carina TA40 proves that:
Carina TA40 in Argentina
The Carina itself is a 2T powered late type Carina (1981) with the Japanese tail lights. In Europe we got different ones with four lights instead of the three in this model.

You can see the tail lights in action around 1:45. (video on the next page) Read the rest of this entry →