Remembering Japanese cars from the past

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Ebay treasures: The Mazda RX7 FB Wankelrossa

Back in the early 80s I managed to get my hands on a Mazda brochure that included the Mazda RX7 FB and many times I dreamed away think I would drive in one. Shortly after that the Ferrari Testarossa arrived and that literally blew away any boy-dream of owning a sportscar and I ended up solely drooling over Ferraris. I think a similar thing happened to this Mazda RX-7 FB that got some Testarossa treament:
Hilarious: Mazda RX7 FB Wankelrossa
Perhaps the owner bought the car and restyled it in Testarossa style a few years later?

Anyway, the (useless) side intake definitely looks as enormous as the one found on the Testarossa: Continue reading

Ebay Treasures: 66 kilometer Daihatsu Opti from the Leipzig Auto Show!

According to the claim on Marktplaats (Dutch Craigslist) this 1992 Daihatsu Opti was actually a show car for the 1992 Leipzig Auto Show:
Ebay Treasures: 1992 Daihatsu Opti
The car has been shipped from Japan to Leipzig to be shown to the public. Apparently the public didn’t like it that much and the Opti never made it to Europe.

The car was never shipped back to Japan and put in storage somewhere in Europe and recently came back to the surface:

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Ebay treasures: Mitsuoka’s View on Jaguar

Back in the late fifties Jaguar launched the Mark 2 as a medium sized saloon and it was an instant hit! The Mark 2 entry level engine already had an output of 120hp (cars with ten times less horses were still for sale back then!) and its top model, the 3.8 litre XK model, featured an output of 220hp. To put that into contrast: that is about as much as the Lexus IS250 outputs nowadays.

Imagine then the creation of this little lookalike:
Marktplaats Treasures: Mitsuoka Viewt
Yes from up front it really looks like a Jaguar Mark 2!

But from a different angle… Continue reading

Marktplaats treasures: Low mileage Mazda RX5 (not even 1000km!)

This ad on Marktplaats (Dutch Ebay/Craigslist) really shocked me: a genuine Mazda RX5 with less than 1000 kilometer on the odometer!
Low mileage Mazda RX5
Obviously I contacted the seller and he confirmed the car is genuine. It never left the dealership and nobody has owned the car before and it was only used occasionally for a (very) short drive to keep it in good condition!

Now imagine how immaculate this car is: Continue reading

Carina Sightings: Carina TA40 deluxe wagon

Yesterday this orange Carina deluxe wagon became for sale on Marktplaats and I wrote to the owner asking if I could put it on the blog since it is such an amazing treasure find!
Carina deluxe TA40 wagon
Carina deluxe TA40 wagon

The owner is the second owner of the car since 2006 and bought it back then with only 124.000km on the odometer and today the Carina only covered 146000km so far!

The bodywork appears to be in excellent condition and that is mainly due to the anti rust treatment the first owner applied to the car.
Carina deluxe TA40 wagon
Carina deluxe TA40 wagon

That doesn’t mean time stood still on this car: there is some minor surface rust on the wheel arches and around the fuelcap but apart from that the car is in great nick.

Also the interior is in excellent condition:
Carina deluxe TA40 wagon
Carina deluxe TA40 wagon

which is due to the first owner driving around with (sheepscloth) sheets and the second owner being very careful with the car.

The engine is the well known 2T and is mated with, probably, the same 3 speed autobox as mine:
Carina deluxe TA40 wagon
Carina deluxe TA40 wagon

I’m very tempted to buy this car, but it is simply too beautiful and perfect to be ruined by me… ;)

So if anyone else got 1250 euros for spare: this is an excellent opportunity to get yourselves one of the last Carina station wagons! You can find it for sale here:
Carina deluxe TA40 wagon on Marktplaats

Ebay treasures: Nissan Cedric Y31 Brougham

I found another treasure on Marktplaats (Dutch Ebay): a JDM Nissan Cedric Y31 Brougham!
JDM Nissan Cedric Y31 Brougham
JDM Nissan Cedric Y31 Brougham

The car is powered by the 3 liter V6 VG30E, meaning it has 160hp and more importantly 247 N·m torque. Surely enough to move around this big green castle on wheels. ;)

The most beautiful element on this Cedric is by far the rabbit-ear-like fender mirrors. Very rare and certainly unique outside Japan:
JDM Nissan Cedric Y31 Brougham
JDM Nissan Cedric Y31 Brougham

The big question is: how did it get here? The registration dates back to early 1998, so perhaps a rich Japanese executive that was relocated to the Netherlands?

On the inside you won’t find the automatic gearbox on the transmission tunnel because it is located, as in the usual Cedric fashion, on the steering column:
JDM Nissan Cedric Y31 Brougham
JDM Nissan Cedric Y31 Brougham

Apart from that enough buttos to make a gadget freak go wild! :)

At the rear enough legroom and, of course, a lot of wood touches on the interior:
JDM Nissan Cedric Y31 Brougham
JDM Nissan Cedric Y31 Brougham

For European standards this would have been a luxurious car in 1991, but compared to Cedrics top model the Brougham VIP this car is actually quite bare… But is it worth its auction price of 4400 euros? (6000 dollars)

Found here: [Nissan Cedric Y31 Brougham @ Marktplaats]

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