Manga Cars

What do a Shelby GT350, a widebody Koenig Porsche 928 and a 3WD Mazda T2000 truck have in common? They are all featured in this fifth episode of reading spotting manga cars! I’ll read these two Japanese mangas of Ah! My Goddess and I found 13 different cars in it!
Mazda T2000 NIT CC special

Ah! My Goddess by Kosuke Fujishima

The story revolves around a student called Keiichi Morisato. He attends the Nekomi Institute of Technology (NIT) in the fictional Japanese town called Nekomi in the Chiba prefecture. Kosuke Fujishima modelled Nekomi after his own home town: Chiba.

Keiichi has to take calls for his fellow sempai in his dorm. He get’s hungry, so he decides to order a pizza and dials the wrong number. Instead of the pizza delivery he actually phones the Goddess Helpline who will help anyone in distress. After some wrong assumptions Keiichi decides his sempai are probably pulling a prank with him and he wishes that the Goddess in front of him stays with him for the remainder of his life. That’s basically the beginning of the Ah! My Goddess story.

So what’s the connection with cars and motorcycles then? Well, Kosuke Fujishima is a petrolhead who loves cars and motorcycles. Keiichi is probably his likeness and is into cars and motorcycles as well. He’s also member of the NIT CC: the Nekomi Institute of Technology Car Club and this obviously helps to increase the number of motorized vehicles in this manga!

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

If you wish to purchase this Manga, you can find it here:
Ah! My Goddess on Amazon

Cars and motorcycles in this manga:

Hino Contessa 1300 coupe

Hiino Contessa 1300 coupe
  • Designed by Giovanni Michelotti
  • Hino Contessa PD series was built from 1964-1967
  • Coupe became available in April 1965
  • The Hino GR100 engine is based on the Renault 4CV engine
  • 1.3 litre engine outputs 55ps (54hp) standard
  • In the coupe it features twin carbs and outputs 65hp
  • Toyota halted production in March 1967 after buying Hino in late 1966

BMW R75/5 with Harley Davidson Ultra sidecar

BMW R75/5 with Harley Davidson Ultra sidecar
  • Launched in 1970, the R75 featured a 750cc boxer twin
  • The R75/5 could reach 177km/h (100mph)
  • Post 1973 the R75 received a lengthened rear swingarm
  • Sidecar is a Harley Davidson Ultra

BMW 535i E34

BMW 535i E34
  • Production from 1987 to 1992
  • Top model of the E34 till the 540i E34 replaced it in 1992
  • Engine is a M30 6 cylinder engine
  • Even though it reads 3.5 on the side, it was actually was 3.4 litres
  • Note that the 535i here is actually a left hand drive car!

Yamaha BW’s 50cc moped

Yamaha BW's
  • The CW50 was produced from 1989 till 2001
  • Also known as the Yamaha Zuma
  • Horizontal 49cc aircooled 2 stroke engine with 1.7hp
  • Sold in the US and Canada between 1989 and 1990 and reintroduced in 1997 till 2001

Mazda T2000

Mazda T2000
  • Mazda T2000 was in production from 1956 till 1974
  • 4 cylinder 1985cc VA engine outputs 81hp
  • Short wheelbase version
  • With extended bed it was 6.08 meters (20 feet) long
  • Due to the single front wheel it only had a turning radius of 5.93 meters

Toyota Liteace XL-7 AWD

Toyota Liteace XL-7 AWD
  • This generation of Liteace is on the new m30 platform
  • Shared the platform with the Townace and Masterace Surf
  • AWD system available

1966 Shelby GT350

Shelby GT350
  • Also known as the Cobra due to it’s lightness
  • 289cu in (4.7 litre) Windsor V8 engine produced 310hp
  • Maybe it’s one of those a Paxton Supercharged competition S models?
  • Output of 440hp

Nissan Laurel C31 hardtop Turbo Medalist

Nissan Laurel Turbo Medalist C31
  • Development director Itirou Makoto Sakurai decided a hardtop four door should be created
  • The L20ET six cylinder single cam turbo engine produced 145hp

Autozam / Mazda Carol Turbo G AA6PA

Autozam / Mazda Carol Turbo G AA6PA
  • Built by Suzuki as the Autozam Carol (on top of the Alto)
  • Produced between 1989 and 1994
  • Used the Suzuki F6A turbo charged engine which produced 61ps

VW Beetle

VW Beetle

Koenig Porsche 928

Koenig 928
  • Koenig produced 80 widebody Porsche 928 over 10 years time
  • Wheels are 17 inch in size: 10J up front and 13J in the rear
  • Tune of the engine was different per customer: e.g. dished pistons, forged crank, supercharger

Honda Super Cub

Honda Super Cub
  • Over 100 million built (2017)