Remembering Japanese cars from the past

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Commerical time: 1977 Isuzu Gemini

We all know the first generation Isuzu Gemini was based upon the Opel Kadett C (third generation), but what I didn’t know was that Isuzu actually upgraded its specs to Japanese standard:

Yes, that’s a Kadett C with not only headlight washers but actually double headlight washers! Now that’s something you can misuse to squirt on girls! 😀

Isuzu also prolonged the Gemini beyond the FWD Kadett D by giving it a mild facelift. To prove they did a great job on that they launched this comparison commercial:

Now if it also could also fly as good as the Space Shuttle it would be even better than the 1982 Pontiac Trans Am. 😛

Three generations of Nissan Skyline music

Music from commercials always have been successful if the product caught on. This was especially the case for the Nissan Skyline in Japan: apparently there were many vinyl records, cassette tapes and CDs sold with the music of the Skyline commercials.

Kayou is a collector of these items and put pictures of them on Minkara:
Nissan Skyline Turbo vinyl record
Nissan Skyline Turbo vinyl record

Click here if you are curious how the Nissan Skyline Turbo sounds,

And what would a collection be without the full Paul Newman cassette collection?
Nissan Skyline Paul Newman cassettes
Nissan Skyline Paul Newman cassettes

See here for some of the different Paul Newman commercials.

And let’s not forget the most important one:
Nissan Skyline Ken & Mary CD
Nissan Skyline Ken & Mary CD

Ken and Mary! You can find their commercials here.

I really envy Kayou: gems like this swap hands for loads of money on Auctions Yahoo nowadays…

Hilarious: Japanese Spam commercial

Do the Japanese really have commercials for spam?
Yes they do:

Okay, I admit: it is not the spam you may have expected… But still, advertising for spam is spam. 😛
I love the part where the commercial shows a thick slice of spam on top of a nigiri sushi! Amazing!

DOTS: Nissan 200SX S14 in fall (the end?)

Down on the street on Thursday? Why?
Because it is a sad day for the Nissan 200SX S14 rustoseum:
Nissan 200SX pushing the daisies
Nissan 200SX pushing the daisies

The 200SX passed on! This car is no more! He has ceased to be! The S14 expired and gone to meet his maker! He is a stiff! Bereft of life, he rests in peace! He be pushing up the daisies! HIs metabolic processes are now history! He is off the twig! He’s kicked the bucket, He’s shuffled off ‘is mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin’ choir invisibile!! THIS IS AN EX-CAR!!
* sorry for misuse of the dead parrot sketch *

When I returned to take beautiful fall pictures of the S14 yesterday it had vanished. As you can see the dead leafs even cover the spot where it once stood:
Nothing but dead leafs
Nothing but dead leafs

I checked the RDW (Dutch license plate registration) to see if it was now re-registered by someone else, but its entry has been removed from there meaning it is no longer a valid registration. That can either mean it has been sold off to some foreigner or has ended up at some junkyard. I fear for the latter…

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