The Honda Life Step is a van based on the Honda Life Kei car. The Honda Life was a successor to the popular Honda N360 and N600 (only abroad). Unfortunately, Honda stopped exporting their Kei offerings as soon as the Life replaced the N360/N600. This means we never got to enjoy these cars outside Japan. That makes me extra sad to find these magnificent Kei cars rusting away in their natural habitat.
This example seems to be parked in someone’s yard. Photos like these make me wonder where people then actually sit in their gardens. I mean, you can’t sit down next to a big pile of rust, right?
My Toyota Carina TA60 isn’t unique by itself. But over the years I have tweaked it a bit to my own liking by adding fog lights at the front, 15 inch Celica Supra rims all around and a few more bits and pieces as well. I was browsing earlier today through some photos taken by Eelco at the Japan Classic Sunday 2023 earlier this year. All of a sudden I spotted my very own Carina TA60, but then in blue instead of white!
I already spotted that the owner of the Honda Accord mk2 didn’t use it regularly anymore, but earlier this week I also noticed this little red 1982 Honda Civic Sport creeping between a couple of the black poles marking the pavement from the parkinglot:
Yes indeed: clever parking when all spots are taken. You can’t do that with modern cars anymore!
In the pictures here it was properly parked btw. 😉
Time to share some emblems, decals and sticker close ups!
Toyota Crown MS75 emblem
This Crown emblem was on the bumper of a Crown hardtop coupe MS75. I love the bonkers design of this whale Crown and certainly small details like this little Crown logo…
Another Crown detail:
Toyota Crown MS56 emblem
The Crown emblem is placed on the sill just between the two hinges of the rear door. Yes, it has a rear door!
Datsun 2400 Super Six emblem
The Datsun 2400 (aka the Nissan Cedric 130 in Japan) may look like a very square boxy thing, but in fact it contains very tiny little details like this small fin to create a distinction between the rear fender and the trunk.
Almost the same emblem, but then on the grille:
Datsun 2400 Super Six grille emblem
Tried to make the depth of field as low as possible and yet still make it readable. The Cedric emblem is almost fully blurred out.
Another example of depth of field on the Datsun 2400 Super Six:
Datsun 2400 Super Six silhouette
The middle point of the grille has got full focus, but everything around it is blurred out. I actually had two variants of this photo: with and without people walking in the background. Somehow I liked the one with people in the background better!
Another jewel at the Japan Classic Sunday was Eric’s shakotan stickerbombed TA40:
Erics stickerbombed TA40 at JCS2011
I’ve seen a couple of stickerbombed cars, but never one that has them all over the side of the car!
My first impression on Yesterdays Japan Classic Sunday was that it was great! Met up with a lot of people and the cars at the meeting were amazing! A small summary of cars present: an immaculate JDM Carina TA17 coupe (more on that later this week), lowered and sticker-bombed Carina TA40, Corolla KE25KE20 with a 2TG swap, many Celica TA22/RA22ls, MR2s, many Celica Supra Mk. IIs and of course this amazingly restored Crown RS40L from 1964:
Toyota Crown RS40L @ JCS2011
This Crown RS40L was by far the star of the meeting! Its owners (father and son) restored it back to (almost) original state in the past few years.
Apart from the front grille with all its brightworks the tail lights were are the best second best part of the Crown:
Toyota Crown RS40L @ JCS2011
The round tail lights are pre-facelift which makes it even more special.
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