I think we all have bought a car in the past which held really nice surprises. For instance my good old trusty Trueno had a really nice surprise of a thick layer of bitumen to cover a really badly rusted spot. Or my new TA60 Carina had the really nice surprise of having retro tires mounted in 1983 under the car and only to be replaced in 2008 when I mounted the Celica Supra rims. Or the Mitsubishi I once owned had the original instruction manual which was illustrated with manga. 😉
Well, I think we all had these happy or unhappy surprises in the past… But I don’t think you can match up with the nice surprise Nori Yaro had when he bought his Nissan Skyline GTS-t!
First of all: his Skyline featured a period Kenwood double-din tape radio which was non functioning. He tried to fit another one, but he did not have the right connector for that so he fixed up the old Kenwood:
Double Din Kenwood tape radio
Then he discovered there was a forgotten tape inside the Kenwood:
Surprise: Hello Kitty tape inside!
Who would like to hear Hello Kitty when driving in a Nissan Skyline GTS-t with a mechanical diff, coilovers and sitting in a bucket seat?? I can only come up with the answer that the previous owner must have been a women drifter! 😉
Just found this page:
It’s the restoration of the Nissan Silvia BS110 240RS I posted earlier about. All BS110 240RS rallycars originally were made by Blydenstein in the UK, so the car is not a factory produced rallycar, but they were produced on behalf of Nissan: that’s why they were badged Nissan and not Datsun.
This car competed in the Hong Kong-Beijing rally in 1985, won the National Rally Championship 1988 in the UK and used in various other rallies. The car was imported into Japan from New Zealand: one of the few Japanese cars to actually be imported back to Japan! The car was restored in original state in 2005 by Green Bell Motor Co. Ltd. (Kanazawa) in Hakusan, Japan.
Start of the restoration:
And the end result:
And afterwards in action:
Action shot can also be seen in this image:
It’s just like a tin can of Droste 😀 😀
Yesterday Auto Otaku posted an article about the Tokyo Nostalgic Car Show 2008. IMO it’s majority was a Nissan fest showing mostly a lot of modified 70s Skylines.
I found this car among the pictures:
At first I couldn’t really identify it and thought of a modified Celica TA63 or TA64. However the front is entirely different and the sidelights looked genuine. Then it popped in my mind that there could have been a Nissan Silvia counterpart of the TA64. Then I looked at the rear sidewindows and spotted them to be from a Silvia S11! 🙂
Indeed such a car did exist:
It’s the FJ24 BS110 Nissan 240RS Group B World Rally Car!
The car features a FJ20ET with increased displacement up to 2340cc and it made 280HP!
Not bad for a car which was the counterpart of the Celica TA64. Also the Nissan FJ20ET Plasma engine is the counterpart of the Toyota Lasre 3T-GTE, imagine what monster the TA64 would have been if the 4T-GTE would have featured the same head as the 3T-GTE!!
More info upon the FJ20 and the BS110 RS240: