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Car chases: Mitsubishi versus Nissan

Time for some more car chases! This time it is Mitsubishis versus Nissans!
Edit: embedding was disabled by the user. Click on the image to watch the video!

This video clip of Guerilla: Tokyo Police Group 8 shows what carnage a group of Nissans can do against the police Mitsubishis. Lucky enough Shou Kuramoto (chief Daimon in Seibu Keisatsu) kills off the rocket launcher. Unfortunately two perfectly good Nissan Gazelle S110s get killed instantly and the Cedric manages to survive a good 8 minutes. So the Mitsubishis prevail over the Nissans. Nissan versus Mitsubishi, 0 : 1.

Japanese rustoseums (part five)

Time for some more rust(oseums)!

Let’s start with this Toyota Mark II Grande GX81:
Beaten up Toyota Mark II Grande GX81
Beaten up Toyota Mark II Grande GX81

It might have been stolen and dumped in the middle of nowhere after they beaten up this Mark II enough… Bit of a shame though: it is the Mark II Grande model, so it is the top of the line model…

What about this Cedric Y31?
Nissan Cedric Y31 parked in foliage
Nissan Cedric Y31 parked in foliage

It looks like this hardtop model is still in perfectly good health! Just parked somewhere in the foliage and left there for ages… Or could it be that it was parked in an open space and the foliage just grew around it? 😛

Rusty Nissan 521 pickup truck
Rusty Nissan 521 pickup truck

Now even if this 1970 or 1971 Nissan 521 is quite rusty, it may still be in use! Tires aren’t flat yet and judging from headrest on the driver seat it must have been replaced some time ago. It is clear that the model is the 521 since the grille has the four horizontal bars. This did not feature on the 520 models, but only on the 521 model.

All three pictures were taken from the usual place:
?????? (life doodling)

Nissan in 1965

Some time ago I saw an ad on Marktplaats selling a brochure Nissan 1965 without any picture with it. The description sounded good, it was fairly cheap (considering the age of it) and I contacted the seller. He didn’t have any possibility to send me pictures so I took the “risk”. Few days later this arrived:
Brochure Nissan 1965
Brochure Nissan 1965

It is actually a book of 50 pages and it is entirely in English. It was meant to be given away to new possible import companies and dealerships.

Brochure Nissan 1965
Brochure Nissan 1965

It shows the modernized Nissan during the early 60s: a modern car lineup, healthy figures, four modern production plants and even a test facility! Their growth is amazing during the late 50s and early 60s: between 20% and 25% growth each year!

Brochure Nissan 1965
Brochure Nissan 1965

As you can see: they have a model for almost everyone! On the front row the Fairladies on the left, the bluebird 410s in the middle and the new Silvia on the right. On the second row all the Cedrics are lined up. On the remaining rows all the utilitarian vehicles are shown.

Brochure Nissan 1965
Brochure Nissan 1965

This is the Oppama plant (????) in Yokosuka with a private pier at the Tokyo Bay and you can also see the test track on the background. The plant was considered the most modern car factory back in 1961 when it was opened and later in 1970 the first car factory to make use of robot welding. The test track is the very same as the one used in the 1960s Nissan Bluebird crashtest videos I posted some time ago.

Brochure Nissan 1965
Brochure Nissan 1965

And of course their latest product: a 1595cc two seater listening to the lovely name Silvia.

There is much much more in this book and I’m very happy I took the gamble to buy this unseen. A true gem! 🙂

Japanese rustoseums (part one)

Japanese Nostalgic Car blog found another blog full of rotting J-tin. [???]

Most of these blogs have pictures of rusted cars in both wild and urban areas! It appears like it is a national hobby in Japan to keep your old car outside your house if you have the space for it and otherwise park it in a yard (aka rustoseum) with some other rusty friends.

Just have a look at some cars featured on the blog JNC-blog found:
1967 or 1968 Nissan Cedric C130
1967 or 1968 Nissan Cedric C130

A rare Nissan Cedric C130 Mark 2 from 1967 or 1968 without a windscreen. Windscreen missing == rotten interior! Not good! ?(?`???)?

Nissan Skyline GC10 2 door hardtop coupe
Nissan Skyline GC10 2 door hardtop coupe

A Nissan Skyline C10 2 door hardtop coupe, in other words a KGC10 (GT-X) or a KPGC10 (GT-R). But actually there is no hardtop anymore! Hopefully another GC10 hardtop coupe is happy with its new top…

Nissan Skyline C210 1600ti
Nissan Skyline C210 1600ti

Nissan Skyline C210 1600ti: the lowest spec of the C210 Skyline. A mere L16T inline 4 with double carb setup powered this Skyline. I would still love to own this car though: it would be a lot faster than my Carina! (???)

If you ever wondered what the Skyline C210 without round taillights looks like, have a look at this picture:
Nissan Skyline C210 1600ti rear
Nissan Skyline C210 1600ti rear

Not too bad, isn’t it?

On the same dump there was also this super clean car:
Very clean Toyota Carina GT-TR TA63
Very clean Toyota Carina GT-TR TA63

A Carina GT-TR TA63!! (???)
I have no idea what it was doing there: I could not find a rusty spot on it. Even better: not even a spec of dust! According to the blogger the car was for sale!

Stay tuned for more pictures from Japanese rustoseums!

Rare Bosozoku cars: Nissan Cedric 230

This week we feature the Nissan Cedric (and Gloria) 230. In contrary of the Cedric/Gloria 330 it is a rare bosozoku car and we had a very hard time to find more than one picture!

Some time ago we featured a video of it already:

This full version shows everything about this great Cedric: it is spacious, it looks bad, got a great horn and this hardtop version doesn’t have a B pilar!

We even managed to find a picture of this beauty:
#23 Bosozoku style Nissan Cedric 230
#23 Bosozoku style Nissan Cedric 230

You see, it even got the stance right!

Compared to that this kyusha styled Cedric suddenly doesn’t look that stunning anymore:
Kyusha styled Nissan Cedric 230
Kyusha styled Nissan Cedric 230

The Cedric and Gloria 230 did share the same floorpan and body, but in contrary of the 330 they did not share the same face: they still had their individual front ends. Only starting with the 330 Nissan finally merged the two cars fully!

Factory stock Nissan Cedric 230
Factory stock Nissan Cedric 230

Both cars were featuring several L series inline 4 and inline 6 engines, so the L20, L24 and L26 were all available.

Factory stock Nissan Cedric 230
Factory stock Nissan Cedric 230

The Nissan Cedric/Gloria 230 is a rare sight at the bosozoku meetings and we do have an idea why. First reason:

Many 70s and 80s Japanese police series used/abused the Nissan Cedrics and Glorias to make spectacular car chases. It was not uncommon to wreck up to 15 or 20 cars per chase! And the biggest problem was that the Cedric and Gloria were mostly used as policecars, so they were wrecked in masses!

Second reason: the image of a policecar is not really appealing to a bosozoku!
And the third reason: rust! There are not many Cedrics and Glorias left.

Personally I do prefer the Cedric/Gloria 330 over the 230 and that’s probably just like every bosozoku boss would!

[I posted this article earlier this week on bosozokustyle.com]

Japanese grand prix 1963

One of the people I’m subscribed to on Youtube posted old footage of the first Japanese Grand Prix in 1963 in two videos. Unfortunately he/she does not permit embedding, so I can only post links here.

The first video shows the introduction of the Grand Prix. Then it features a GT race in which a Nissan Fairlady SPL213s wins of a few other cars like Triumph TR3 and TR4, but I also spotted a Austin Healey and a Porsche. This is followed by a touring car race which is very spectacular! A lot of entertaining sideways action with old Japanese tin like the Prince Skyline ALSI-2 and Skyline S50, Toyota Crown S40s and Nissan Cedrics. In my opinion this is the most enjoyable part of the two videos!
Japanese Grand Prix 1963 video #1
Japanese Grand Prix 1963 video #1

It gets followed by the second GT race which is a bit less spectacular than the first but it still contains some really good action.

Then the introduction of the Grand Prix itself which gets started in the second video. Personally I didn’t really like the Grand Prix itself that much after seeing all that action beforehand, but I can imagine the Japanse viewers back then thought the exact opposite!

Japanese Grand Prix 1963 video #2
Japanese Grand Prix 1963 video #2

You can watch the videos here:
Japanese Grand Prix 1963 part 1
Japanese Grand Prix 1963 part 2

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