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Down on the Street: 1997 Toyota Chaser JZX100 Tourer V

Last week I already featured another Toyota Chaser JZX100 Tourer V and guess what: within the same week I find another one parked down on the street! Well, actually not on the street but rather inside the parking garage of the nearest Ikea store. Nevertheless, when I drove down the circular ramp I immediately spotted the JZX100 and exclaimed another WTF?!

Toyota Chaser JZX100 Tourer V at the local Ikea
1997 Toyota Chaser JZX100 Tourer V at the local Ikea
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Down on the Street: Toyota Chaser JZX100

I spotted this Toyota Chaser JZX100 Tourer V a few blocks down the road of my daughter’s new school. On the second day I brought her to school it was parked on one of the main roads and then the week after I found it parked in this smaller road.

Toyota Chaser JZX100 Tourer V
Toyota Chaser JZX100 Tourer V

The Tourer V trim level should already explain that this car is powered by a 1JZ with a turbo. This means it’s top of the line of the Chaser X100 family!

Toyota Chaser JZX100 Tourer V
Toyota Chaser JZX100 Tourer V

The rims appear to be 7-spoke aftermarket items and I have to admit I don’t immediately recognize them. However, I’m sure someone in the comments will.

The front spoiler, side skirts and rear skirts are all part of the dealer options as you can see below:

Toyota Chaser JZX100 dealer options
Toyota Chaser dealer options

And also the rear spoiler on the top of the rear window is part of the dealer options:

Toyota Chaser JZX100 Tourer V
Toyota Chaser JZX100 Tourer V

The rear trunk/bootlid spoiler is not the same as the one found in the 1996 brochure. However, this Chaser JZX100 was sold in 1999 and it could be that the rear spoiler changed over the years when it was sold.

The big canon tailpipe must make a nice deep growl and I would love to hear/see this car drive in person! If you want, you can follow the owner on Instagram under his name @the_sjeeser. That name is actually a pun in Dutch as “sjeezen” means driving real hard!

Down on the Street: Datsun Cherry E10 in office building!

This Datsun Cherry 100A E10 on a set of KN Jupiter rims just happened to be somewhere in the background of a Dutch news clip. It happened in a flash and I had to replay the video twice to confirm it was indeed a 100A Cherry E10. It took me 5 minutes to figure out where it actually was located…
Datsun Cherry E10 on KN Jupiter rims inside an office building
The news clip featured a meeting room sign with the name The Louis. I googled for it and came across a shared office building called B. Building in the south-west of Amsterdam that featured a bookable meeting room with that name.

On that very same site I also found some photos of the foyer featuring the Datsun 100A standing on top of the entrance. That’s actually the photo I featured above. There is actually a link with the Datsun: the building used to be the Nissan European headquarters in Amsterdam and was later used by the clothing brand MEXX as it’s headquarters.

I found a video from 2017 about the office building with a couple of shots featuring the Datsun Cherry:
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Initial Ka: 10hp for this worn Initial D sticker! [Found on the Street]

In this video we have an Initial D sticker applied to a Ford Ka. Would this make it an Initial Ka?
Initial Ka: initial d sticker plus Ford Ka
Sunday is always a special day. That’s the day when you go out, take a long hike in the woods and eventually end up where most people go to after a long day out: a small local restaurant. Last Sunday I ended up doing exactly what I just described.

In the parking lot of the restaurant a small sticker drew my attention: an Initial D sticker! The sticker looked old and worn, but unmistakably it was an Initial D sticker! What was worse: it had been attached on the bootlid of a Ford Ka, delivering at least an additional 10 horses!

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Widebody Honda CRX Mk II ED9 [Down on the Street]

This widebody Honda CRX Mk II ED9 has been featured two and a half years ago in the down on the street photo series.
Honda Civic Mk2 Widebody second time
Back then it looked like the build was relatively new and I shot a few photos of it. I even made an attempt to shoot a video Wasabi Cars style, but as it was winter the lack of ambient light made it look horrible. And then it disappeared and probably went back to Poland.


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Shabby Infiniti G20 [Down on the Street]

I found this shabby Infiniti G20 parked next to my hotel in San Mateo, California.
Shabby Infiniti G20
Its paint has eroded by the Californian sun and the interior looked quite worn. Not only was the paint peeling off, someone did a very dodgy job covering this up by adding a black layer of matte paint. Basically converting it to a two-tone scheme. The G20 was covered in pine needles, indicating that it has been standing there for some time. Well, at least after September 2015 according to Google Streetview. Continue reading

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