Remembering Japanese cars from the past

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Hilarious: Lada Raider

I’m cleaning up old directories on my old (retired) harddisks and came across this Finnish gem called Lada Raider. It is a Knight Rider spoof and features a Lada 2101 (aka VAZ-2101 in Russia) instead of the Pontiac Trans Am.

And beware: there is more to come from the old Banpei crypts. :P

Hilarious: Robocop + Knight Rider = Jiban

What were the great sci-fi icons during the
80s? I can come up with Knight Rider and Robocop! Toei must have thought the same, so why not create a tokusatsu TV series around a cyborg human and a Pontiac Trans Am? So behold Mobile Sheriff Jiban:

Just like in Robocop a cop gets killed and is brought back to life. The little girl giving him all the shiney stuff is his little sister who is the only person who really knows who he is. One little problem: she wears a Bomb Ring which will detonate if he comes too close, so he can’t approach her anymore…

Apparently someone without car knowledge translated the Japanese wikipedia page to the English page and thinks the car is a Mazda RX7 (FC-2S). If you search on Jiban in English all results will state the same. It doesn’t take much to recognize it as a Pontiac Trans Am instead.

If you read the Japanese wikipedia page it is clearly described as a left hand drive third generation Trans Am. I know, I know: never trust Wikipedia… ;)

Hilarious: how would you know your friends are dorks?

Suppose you own and drive a black and white panda painted Toyota Sprinter Trueno, just like this example:
Perfect Initial D Sprinter Trueno AE86 replica
Perfect Initial D Sprinter Trueno AE86 replica

How would you know then that your friends are a bunch of dorks as well?

Simple: they all own moviecar replicas as well!
All your friends driving movie cars as well: Ghostbusters, Jurassic Park, Knight Rider and Back to the Future!
All your friends driving movie cars as well!

I’m still missing a few cars in this lineup: a red Charger (the General Lee), a white VW Beetle (Herbie), a Ford Gran Torino (Starsky and Hutch) and a 1974 Dodge Monaco with police package (The Bluesmobile), so you definitely need to make more friends!

Found through Jalopnik

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