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Down on the Street: little red Mitsubishi FTO

About one year ago I spotted this Mitsubishi FTO in my rear view mirror and when I drove home from work after picking up my brand new Civic I spotted the little red FTO parked on the side of a street:
Down on the Street: Mitsubishi FTO
Of course I could not let it pass, parked my car alongside and started taking snapshots. The old guy in the photo was not related to the car and had no idea to who it belonged nor was he impressed when I told it the car was actually quite special.

Even though the FTO is the little FWD brother of the Mitsubishi GTO/3000GT it is a design of its own: Continue reading

Friday video: junkyard stroll in Japan

We all see half of Japan’s car inventory being sold as secondhand to the rest of the world through various auction platforms. So that would lead us to the conclusion that Japan’s junkyards must be quite empty and deserted…

WRONG! Just have a look at this video where someone takes a stroll at a (unknown) Japanese junkyard:

I love the detail that the first Crown, the fourth Crown (Majesta) and the first and third Cedric Y32 still have the knitted/embroided traditional headrest covers in place! Also that the second Crown Super Saloon has a full width front bench in place. And what also strikes me is that most of them are largely intact with the keys still in the ignition!
And last but not least: seeing the pristine Cedric 430, Mitsubishi GTO, Nissan Leopard F31 (not about the other Leopard), Nissan Laurel C35, Nissan Skyline R33 GTS4 in such a dreadful state almost brought tears in my eyes…

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