Remembering Japanese cars from the past

Category: down on the street (Page 10 of 13)

Down on the Street: Honda Civic S

I already spotted that the owner of the Honda Accord mk2 didn’t use it regularly anymore, but earlier this week I also noticed this little red 1982 Honda Civic Sport creeping between a couple of the black poles marking the pavement from the parkinglot:
Honda Civic S
Yes indeed: clever parking when all spots are taken. You can’t do that with modern cars anymore!
In the pictures here it was properly parked btw. ;)

Also after seeing the car up close it I vaguely remembered it: Continue reading

Down on the Street: Nissan Sunny Coupé

On my way to work one early morning four weeks ago I spotted this 1985 Nissan Sunny B11 Coupé parked down the road:
Nissan Sunny B11 Coupé
It looked stunning as just as if it had left the dealership only two weeks ago! Okay, that’s a bit exaggerated but for a 26 year old car it is remarkably well preserved!

The Nissan Sunny B11 Coupé was the predecessor of the B310 Coupé. It was the first generation of the FWD Sunny and naturally the A15 was replaced for the E15 engine. Given the 55kW specification for this car in the Dutch car register it most probably features the E15S engine.

As you can see it is also for sale: Continue reading

Down on the Street: Datsun 240Z Rally car

How often do you encounter a rally car parked down on the street? I guess almost next to none. So how about encountering a Datsun 240Z rally car then?
Datsun 240Z Rally car
On my way home from doing groceries I spotted this 240Z immediately. It was parked next to the local Japanese teppanyaki restaurant, so I stopped by to take a couple of pictures. Unfortunately I only had my phone with me and to make things worse: it was the elcheapo one too. So these 640×480 pictures are the best I can offer… :(

Anyway, I got closer and noticed the 240Z was actually a rally car. Just look at the interior:
Datsun 240Z Rally car
Equipment for timing and navigation and also the necessary stickers of the sponsors. The second sticker on the front fender actually was sponsored by the teppanyaki restaurant it was parked next to, so being there was no coincidence.

The 240Z was first registered in June 1971, but only imported into the Netherlands in 2003. No idea where from but it must have been a good country since I couldn’t find a spec of rust on its original paint.

Too bad the picture quality of my phone is so bad I can’t even make out the names of the drivers, so I’ll drop by the restaurant later this week to see if I can track them down. ;)

Down on the desk: Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86 mouse

It took only 13 days to arrive from Japan to my desk: the BOSS Coffee Sprinter Trueno car mouse!
Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86 mouse
The tail lights really do work, the indicator lights do shine a bit (light comes from the optical led) and the shape is okayish to work with, especially since my hands are above average Dutch size and absolutely non-Japanese sized nor shaped. So currently I’m kind of drifting my AE86 mouse on my desk at work and work as a BOSS! ;)

Big thanks to 7Tune for offering them for sale and the “Like a BOSS” heart! I hope you guys enjoyed drinking the Coffee first or did you just empty it into the sink?

Down on the Street: EVO IX on the third floor!

I spotted this Mitsubishi EVO nine two weeks ago in a parking garage in my hometown.
2007 Mitsubishi Evo IX
It is a bit hard to see on this blurry picture, but there was a pair of glasses on the dash that literally shouted “old guy in midlife-crisis”.

My biggest objection against the EVO is the too-big-for-my-taste wing on its tail:
2007 Mitsubishi Evo IX
I can remember seeing a modified EVO IX some time ago where the big wing was replaced by a saner little small wing. Perfect wolf in sheep’s clothing. ;)

This EVO definitely was one of the cleanest I’ve seen so far, but given the glasses it could hardly be trashed.

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