Remembering Japanese cars from the past

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DOTS: 1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSi

Found this 1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse mk2 parked a few blocks away a few weeks ago:
Down on the Street: Mitsubishi Eclipse mk2
Down on the Street: Mitsubishi Eclipse mk2

This Eclipse is a late type Eclipse and, as you can see, a bit tuned up. The wheels are Nissan GT-R Nismo lookalikes Work Emotions and just a tiny bit too small for the car but that doesn’t ruint the looks at all…

And at the rear it features a very small spoiler (edit: OEM spoiler) as well:
Down on the Street: Mitsubishi Eclipse mk2
Down on the Street: Mitsubishi Eclipse mk2

I must say that, apart from the wheels, the whole style looks well balanced.

For sale: beautiful Datsun 240K GT C110

Notice 2021: This Datsun 240K GT advertisement was over 10 years ago! It’s no use leaving a comment or emailing me if it’s still for sale!

The Doctor sent me about a week ago a link to a Belgian auction site. When I clicked on it my heart skipped a beat: there was a genuine Belgian Datsun 240K for sale! As some of you might know: the Datsun 240K GT is basically a Nissan Skyline C110 with a L24 engine!
Datsun 240K C110 for sale
Datsun 240K C110 for sale

When I looked at the biddings I immediately saw it was far beyond reach for me: the highest bid was already at 12000 euros (16500 US dollars).

Apart from the 280ZX rims it appears to be completely original:
Datsun 240K C110 for sale
Datsun 240K C110 for sale

I must add that the original wheels are not that beautiful, but if these 280ZX rims are fitted the Skyline C110 should be lowered a few inches as well. 😉

Judging from the thick layer of durst the 240K must have been a barn-find and most importantly the interior appears to have survived the time machine!
Datsun 240K C110 for sale
Datsun 240K C110 for sale

The seller states that it could easily be transformed into a GT-R, probably to boost the sales price. That last part was apparently very successful.

You can find the auction here

Hilarious: space battleship Yamato car!

Just imagine seeing this Honda Acty based Space Battleship Yamato in your rear view mirror:
Space battleship Yamato car
Space battleship Yamato car

Personally I would most certainly shout a few WTFs! ;P

The whole wooden boat structure is put around an old second generation Honda Acty:
Space battleship Yamato car
Space battleship Yamato car

I wonder if the wipers still work! 😀

Apparently the police didn’t think space battleships should drive on the public road:
Space battleship Yamato car
Space battleship Yamato car

Can’t blame them: you simply can’t drive around with such big exhaust at the rear!

And perhaps also the NSFW contents of the car:
Space battleship Yamato car
Space battleship Yamato car

At least Captain Okita has his seat in the rear right behind his trusty crewmember Yuki Mori! 😀

You can view all photos on [Yahoo Auction Watch] where the Yamato goes head to head with some baddies in a sharknose Soarer!

Carina Sightings: 30000 yen Carina GT-R bargain!


I guess this is one of these bargains you always hope for: a blue Carina GT-R AA63 for only 30000 yen! That is only 370 US dollars! And (at time of posting) the auction only has 11 hours to go before it ends!My bad: it still has 12 days to go before it ends!
Carina GT-R AA63 by Garage Hana
Carina GT-R AA63 by Garage Hana

This blue GT-R is currently for sale at Auctions Yahoo with an opening bid of 30000 yen! Why? Because it is covering the recycling costs! It is of course questionable if the seller actually will sell it for that price, but he specifically states “Only the highest bid is fine because it is inclusive of charge for recycling.“.

The Carina is a 1983 model, only covered 150k kilometers and was painted Alfa Romeo 147 midnight blue a few years ago. The deep dish white SSR mesh rims really complement the whole car.
Carina GT-R AA63 by Garage Hana
Carina GT-R AA63 by Garage Hana

Apart from having a clean 4A-GE it also got (a non functioning) aircon and powersteering under the hood and powerwindows and central locking in its doors.

Not only does it have all those luxury options: it is also features a lightened AE101 flywheel, lowered with AE92 shocks and springs at the front and GAB shocks and cut springs at the rear. It also has a FRP bonnet and trunklid to save weight!
Carina GT-R AA63 by Garage Hana
Carina GT-R AA63 by Garage Hana

IMO a real bargain for that price!

If you are still not convinced, here is a gallery of the Carina!

You can find the auction here: Midnight blue Carina AA63.

Video: the ultimate boro AE86 duo!

This short video from ae86lan shows you the ultimate boro AE86 duo: a stripped 3 door Sprinter Trueno and 2 door Corolla Levin! The duo was discovered in Okegawa (Saitama)

At first I thought he was filming a dump site, but after a few seconds I realized I was wrong!

He also took a video of the duo in action:

This proves that 40% of the AE86 was unnecessary crap you don’t need anyway! 😉

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