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The cars of Initial D – Manga Car Spotting – part 1

Manga Cars

Ever wondered which cars are featured in Initial D? And perhaps also wondered which model, make and type these manga cars are? In this third episode of Manga car spotting, I’ll be spotting cars in the first book of Initial D! This first book is the US version of the Manga by Tokyopop and covers chapters 1 to 10 of the Japanese Manga.
The cars of Initial D - Manga Car Spotting - part 1

Initial D by Shuichi Shigeno

I don’t think Initial D needs an introduction: it’s the classic racing manga / racing anime series that gained huge popularity during the mid 1990s in Japan and mid 2000s outside Japan. The manga itself contains many layers of depth and isn’t just about cars, but also about (family) relationships and harsh training by commitment and determination. These first 10 chapters are mostly the introductory of the characters and the setting, so not a lot of action will happen. Still it was fun to do!

You can find the video and the high resolution scans of the panels containing manga cars below:

Manga Car spotting video

Even though I spent a lot of time preparing this video and am convinced all cars have been identified correctly, I can always be wrong. Don’t hesitate to leave any suggestions or updates in the comments below! Also to make it easier for you to look in depth at these manga cars, I’ve includes the scanned panels in the next section below.

Scanned panels

Also if you wish to purchase this manga, you can find it here:

Cars in this manga:

  • Nissan Sunny van B11
  • Toyota Sprinter Trueno GT Apex Twin Cam 16 AE86
  • Toyota Carina ED T200
  • Toyota Corolla wagon E100
  • Toyota Carina coupe A60
  • Mitsubishi Minica Dangan ZZ
  • Toyota Scepter / Camry XV10
  • Toyota land cruiser J80 / Nissan Patrol Y60
  • Mercedes Benz E190 W201
  • Mazda Bongo
  • Mitsubishi Chariot 1st gen
  • Mitsubishi Lancer / Mirage C10
  • Nissan Silvia S13 K’s
  • Honda Civic EG
  • Nissan 180SX S13 Type II RS13
  • Mazda Efini RX-7 Type R Type A FD3S
  • Mazda Savanna RX-7 Infini II FC3S
  • Nissan Silvia S14 Q’s
  • Toyota Starlet GT Turbo EP82
  • 4th gen Subaru Sambar
  • 3rd gen Mitsubishi Minicab
  • Nissan Patrol 4th generation
  • Toyota Corona T140
  • Toyota Cresta X60
  • Toyota Corolla Levin GT-V AE86
  • Mitsubishi Galant VR4 E39A
  • Mitsubishi Pajero V20 2nd gen
  • Nissan Skyline GT-R BNR32
  • Toyota Celica SS-I ST202
  • Nissan Homy / Caravan E24
  • Nissan Skyline GT-R BNR32 Vspec II

1 Comment

  1. Megarastik

    Honda Civic on the 9th slide is not an EG, the front bumper says it is the 4th generation Civic EF)

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