Remembering Japanese cars from the past

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Drive on the Tokyo Expressway KK-line (1986 versus 2024) – Friday Video

My favourite Showa-nostalgic Youtube channel Kamepo posted another video: the two-kilometer-long Tokyo Expressway KK-line. The Tokyo Expressway has a rich history and already dates back to 1951 when the first plans were drawn up. In 1959 the first section opened up and it was fully opened up in 1966.

Onramp to the Tokyo Expressway KK-line
Onramp to the Tokyo Expressway KK-line

Kamepo describes in the video that most of the expressway is built on top of commercial buildings or that the commercial buildings have been built underneath it. The 1960s were definitely strange times!


As this section of road is only 2 kilometres in length, there aren’t that many cars to spot. Unlike my usual spotting, I have also included some cars from the opposite lane. I normally omit to spot these because they are very difficult and hard to distinguish as the frames get very blurry.

Yet still I managed to find a couple of highlights: a diesel powered Nissan Cedric or Gloria 430 wagon, a Nissan Cedric Y30 taxi, a duo of Toyota Carina A60s, a Honda N-WGN and a Nissan Skyline Ti C210/C211.

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How the Carina Jeune Back Sonar works – Carina Sightings

I have always been curious about how the Back Sonar of the Carina Jeune works. I mean, I know it works similarly to our modern parking sensors: ultrasonic sensors in the bumper and some processing unit calculating the distance. But how it actually operates in real life, I wouldn’t know. But lucky enough for you: I’m going to tell you exactly how in today’s post!

Toyota Carina SG Jeune brochure page September 1982
Toyota Carina SG Jeune brochure page September 1982

The brochure doesn’t tell us much more than that it is a back sonar parking aid. The Jeune TV ad does show us a bit more details:

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I found an amazing Carina Jeune who remained young for the past 11 years! – Carina Sightings

This Carina Jeune was covered by Tonken TV and he decided to ask the owner to show his car as he thought it looked gorgeous. At first, I thought it was a bog standard Carina SG AA60, but I was very wrong! The more I watched this video, the more convinced I got I had seen it before. Let me explain why!

Toyota Carina SG Jeune that I've seen somewhere
Toyota Carina SG Jeune that I’ve seen somewhere

Where did I see this Carina Jeune before?

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Carina Sightings: Carina Jeune remains young!

For a very obvious reason the Carina Jeune attracted my attention when I first read the 1984 Carina brochure.
Toyota Carina SG Jeune AA60
Displayed on this picture it may look a bit dull to you and you are right: it is a dull car!

The car itself is in immaculate condition:
Toyota Carina SG Jeune AA60
But even from this angle it doesn’t get any better. It remains an immaculately dull looking car…

So why am I so overly excited over a dull car? My excitement is about this device called a back sonar: Continue reading

Carina Sightings: the only Carina in Brazil!

Last week Tulio Inoue contacted me that he found the only Carina in Brazil. Of course I was anxious, opened the link and found this beautiful Carina Van SG:
Carina van SG diesel in Brazil
This Carina only travelled 120000 kilometers so far and is almost like new!

Tulio told me this is most probably the only Carina in Brazil as up till the 90s import cars were forbidden unless you were a diplomat and imported the car yourself. Probably a Japanese diplomat imported this car, perhaps as a vehicle for the embassy?

The interior still looks immaculate after 26 years: Continue reading

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