Carina Sightings: immaculate Toyota Carina TA61 GT

February 1, 2015 in carina sightings

Finding an immaculate Toyota Carina TA61 GT like this is almost as good as eating a Magnum icecream: you have to make choices in life what’s important and what’s not…
This Carina GT was sold in december 1981 which makes it one of the earliest GT models of the Carina as the new A60 series only was for sale starting in September.
Carina Sightings: immaculate Toyota Carina TA61 GT
This well preserved 112000 kilometer example really breathes the 1981 era well: it has tweed seats, fender mounted mirrors and wind deflectors at the front.

It is almost immaculate: the plastic trim next to rear door is showing a bit of wear. Read the rest of this entry →

Carina Sightings: rare Carina RA63 for sale!

September 14, 2011 in carina sightings

The 18R-GEU engine was inherited from the two previous generations of Carinas (like the Über Rare Carina RA45), so naturally it found its way into the new A60 generation. But not for long: Toyota struck a deal with Yamaha for a couple of new engines including the 4A-GE (replacing the 2T-GEU) and the 3T-GTE (replacing the 18R-GEU) engines for their high performance models.
Rare Carina ra63 2000 gt
In october 1982 the 18R-GEU was replaced first by the 3T-GEU and the 2T-GEU was replaced in may 1983. In the end the Carina RA63 has only been sold for thirteen months in total…

This Carina RA63 only covered 125k kilometers, so that means at least an overhaul for this 18R-GEU engine: Read the rest of this entry →

Carina Sightings: GT-TR at Garage Goods

September 29, 2010 in carina sightings


I like to drool over some JDM Carinas from time to time, so when I got that urge I browse the available Carina A60s on Goo-Net. This week I found this excellent Carina GT-TR example for sale at Garage Goods:
Carina GT-TR at Garage Goods
Carina GT-TR at Garage Goods

I love that bosozoku like chin-spoiler: almost cutting up the road like a razorblade!

From the rear the car looks just as great and do notice all the available cars in the background:
Carina GT-TR at Garage Goods
Carina GT-TR at Garage Goods

Several Soarers, a Levin, a Trueno Black Limited, Skylines, Silvias, Glorias. Too many cool cars to count!

The interior of the TA63 has been modified with some gauges:
Carina GT-TR at Garage Goods
Carina GT-TR at Garage Goods

Personally I don’t like gauges and apart from the tach I think they are a bit out of place here…

Last but not least:
Carina GT-TR at Garage Goods
Carina GT-TR at Garage Goods

A set of deep dish SSR Mk IIs!

For a mere 650,000 yen (almost 8,000 US dollars) it can be yours.

WTF: Mercedes Stout pickup truck

March 6, 2010 in WTF

Mercedes Stout? WTF? Yes, that was also my reaction when I read kyteler’s posting on retro-classics!
Mercedes (Toyota) Stout pickup truck
Mercedes (Toyota) Stout pickup truck

Personally I like the 60s look of the Toyota Stout truck, but this Mercedes face swap actually looks great as well!

For sale for only 980,000 yen (10,000 dollar!) on Goo-net:
Mercedes (Toyota) Stout on Goo-net

Carina sightings: Carina GT-TR with twin cam turbo interior

November 26, 2009 in carina sightings

Yesterday I spotted this amazing all original Toyota Carina GT-TR sedan on Goo-net:
Toyota Carina sedan GT-TR TA63
Toyota Carina sedan GT-TR TA63

The only modifications done to this Carina was adding set of 14 inch Watanabe rims and repairing the front airdam!

Toyota Carina sedan GT-TR TA63
Toyota Carina sedan GT-TR TA63

The car only traveled 82000 kilometers so far (that is 357 less than mine!) which is peanuts for a car like this!

Toyota Carina sedan GT-TR TA63
Toyota Carina sedan GT-TR TA63

It still has the original Twin Cam Turbo interior (GT-TR only) and the interior still looks spotless! Also note that this is one of the few GT-TRs which has no rollcage installed!

Toyota Carina sedan GT-TR TA63
Toyota Carina sedan GT-TR TA63

Engine surely looks like it did 82K, but no more and no less. πŸ˜‰
Also note that there are no camberplates or strutbars installed. Car certainly has not been used as a circuit or drift car!

Toyota Carina sedan GT-TR TA63
Toyota Carina sedan GT-TR TA63

In other words: this is a very nice uncut gem! You possibly can’t find a GT-TR in a better state than this!

If you are willing to spend 580.000 yen ($6600) on this beauty with full history it is certainly worth every penny (uh, yen?)!
You can find the car here:
Toyota Carina sedan GT-TR TA63 on goo-net

Carina Sightings: Carina AA63 20v Sedan on Goo-Net

February 25, 2009 in carina sightings

I found this Carina AA63 on Goo-net:
Carina AA63 20v Sedan
Carina AA63 20v Sedan

I know what you probably thought first: that must be a scale model!

Well, it is not! Have a look at this:
Carina AA63 20v Sedan
Carina AA63 20v Sedan

That looks a lot better, doesn’t it? πŸ˜‰
I have no clue what the photographer did wrong in that first picture, but is surely looks weird. Maybe it is the combination of the garage floor and the rollcage creating an illusion of a reflection in the windscreen…

4AGE 20v blacktop with a set of ITBs
4AGE 20v blacktop with a set of ITBs

This Carina GT-R got its heart swapped for a nice revving 4A-GE 20 valve Blacktop. As you can see the radiator has been upgraded as well. Also the owner did not bother to swap the cooling fan in the process.

Funny thing: I just realized that relocating the waterpump and distriubutor are not necessary for the Carina AA63: it sits more in front of the firewall than in the AE86! So all you have to do is reroute all piping of the radiator to the back of the engine! I verified this by looking at Revolverdrift’s AA63 20v setup.

Unfortunately his Carina got stolen last week. So, if anyone has seen his car, in or outside Malaysia, please let him know! I hope it will return soon!

Talking about theft:
Anti fuel theft?
Anti fuel theft?

Looks weird… Only logical explanation I can come up with is that this car either has a fuelcell (not visible), a weird D1SL or MSC rule I’m not aware of or an anti fuel theft method. I suspect the most probable is the last explanation.

Rollcage, bucketseats and new tach
Rollcage, bucketseats and new tach

The rollcage is of the removable type so the cage itself is placed a bit annoying nearer to the center of the car. The rear bench has been stripped and a set of bucketseats have replaced the original front seats.

The car is sitting on a set of deep dished SSR Mk. IIs. The rims can’t be much wider than 7J because they don’t stick out of the fenders.

You would think: what’s so special about this car then?
Well, the car itself isn’t that special. It is more that the surprise picture caught my eye, then the anti fuel theft and then I also realized the 20v problem didn’t apply to the AA63 Carina. So that’s worth a Carina Sightings posting I guess. πŸ˜‰