Remembering Japanese cars from the past

Category: ebay treasures (Page 3 of 3)

Ebay treasures: Almost new red panda Levin AE86!

Okay this Toyota Corolla Levin AE86 isn’t entirely new and it surely is not for sale on Ebay (actually on Goo-net), but it only drove 36k kilometers so far! If that’s not an Ebay-treasure, I’ll eat my shoe!
1987 red panda Toyota Corolla Levin AE86
This Levin was definitely cherished by its first owner and later on restored in full glory by it seller Carland86. Carland86 is famous for their immense inventory of AE86-es that all are in excellent condition!

Levin AE86 condition

Just look at the enginebay: Continue reading

Ebay treasures: Datsun 240Z Turbo Diesel


I came across this little gem half a year ago but last week it popped up on Marktplaats for the second time: a 240Z with Turbo Diesel conversion by Mosselman!
Datsun 240Z Turbo Diesel
Datsun 240Z Turbo Diesel

The 240Z has been given a nice set of Mag Style alloys and a set of ELC mirrors:
Datsun 240Z Turbo Diesel
Datsun 240Z Turbo Diesel

Let’s hop over to the real big modification to this 240Z: the diesel engine!
Nissan LD28T tuned by Mosselman
Nissan LD28T tuned by Mosselman

The L24 has been replaced by a huge LD28T unit with engine tuning by Mosselman and also features an intercooler. There are no output figures given on this car but I reckon the LD28T must have enormous amounts of torque!

Datsun 240Z Turbo Diesel
Datsun 240Z Turbo Diesel

The name Mosselman tuning may have a weird feeling for people familiar with the similar named artist but the company is actually a bit older than him (over 30 years old) and a very serious company.

The asking price of 8750 euros may sound a bit steep, but if you drive a lot this “fuel efficient” 240Z may actually be worth its price after all.

Found here: [Datsun 240Z Turbo Diesel]

Ebay treasures: Toyota Starlet KP61 V8 racecar


Now this is a real treasure: a Toyota Starlet KP61 Silhouette racecar for only a mere 3999 euro!
Starlet KP61 Racer V8
Starlet KP61 Racer V8

As you can see the bugeye Starlet got a lot of plastic surgery: widened (group 5?) fenders, a huge front air dam, an insanely big wing on the hatch and a dogbone Escort grille.

On the side profile you can still make out the cars original silhouette:
Starlet KP61 Racer V8
Starlet KP61 Racer V8

So it could very well be a Silhouette Racer! ๐Ÿ˜€

Starlet KP61 Racer V8
Starlet KP61 Racer V8

Looking at all the options included, apart from the (way too small) Minilite wheels, I’d say it is a pretty good deal:
– 4.2 V8
– roll cage
– fully adjustable suspension
– AP racing calipers
– Aluminum bucket seat
Now the big question remains: what engine would be hiding under that little bonnet?

Found at [B.M.S. @ Marktplaats]

Ebay treasures: Nissan Cedric Y31 Brougham


I found another treasure on Marktplaats (Dutch Ebay): a JDM Nissan Cedric Y31 Brougham!
JDM Nissan Cedric Y31 Brougham
JDM Nissan Cedric Y31 Brougham

The car is powered by the 3 liter V6 VG30E, meaning it has 160hp and more importantly 247 Nยทm torque. Surely enough to move around this big green castle on wheels. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The most beautiful element on this Cedric is by far the rabbit-ear-like fender mirrors. Very rare and certainly unique outside Japan:
JDM Nissan Cedric Y31 Brougham
JDM Nissan Cedric Y31 Brougham

The big question is: how did it get here? The registration dates back to early 1998, so perhaps a rich Japanese executive that was relocated to the Netherlands?

On the inside you won’t find the automatic gearbox on the transmission tunnel because it is located, as in the usual Cedric fashion, on the steering column:
JDM Nissan Cedric Y31 Brougham
JDM Nissan Cedric Y31 Brougham

Apart from that enough buttos to make a gadget freak go wild! ๐Ÿ™‚

At the rear enough legroom and, of course, a lot of wood touches on the interior:
JDM Nissan Cedric Y31 Brougham
JDM Nissan Cedric Y31 Brougham

For European standards this would have been a luxurious car in 1991, but compared to Cedrics top model the Brougham VIP this car is actually quite bare… But is it worth its auction price of 4400 euros? (6000 dollars)

Found here: [Nissan Cedric Y31 Brougham @ Marktplaats]

Ebay treasures: KE30 hubcaps and unfinished rims


Unlike what the title says they aren’t exactly for sale at Ebay, but rather on its free of charge Dutch co-site called Marktplaats.

Over two years ago I found the worlds ugliest hubcaps on Marktplaats. I found another Corolla KE30 hubcap set for sale at Marktplaats:
Marktplaats KE30 hubcaps
Marktplaats KE30 hubcaps

Last time I did get a lot of emails from people who wanted them, but I was unable to get them because that set got sold. So if you really want them, be quick and I might be able to arrange them for you. ๐Ÿ™‚

Then I also bumped into these rims, advertised as suitable for an AE86 . and had a big laugh about the picture:
AE86 rimsL: Only needs a bit of color
AE86 rimsL: Only needs a bit of color

Basically the MS Paint text roughly translates into:
Only needs a bit of color. AE86 Toyota 4x 15 inch
Damn funny! ๐Ÿ˜€

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