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Brilliant: collection of Showa scale model cars

Now this was a big jaw-dropper: two videos of a Toyota Mark II Grande GX71 literally covered in Showa scale model cars. This must be the largest personal collection of scale model cars I’ve seen!
Brilliant: Showa scale model cars
Now if you look carefully enough you can see that each and every scale model car has its own special paint job (mostly kaido racer, race car livery or kyusha kai) and set of (rare) JDM rims! If you count the number of hours it took to make them look this way alone it already is an amazing job!

Now the list of cars, mainly from the late Showa-era, is going to be a lengthy one, but I’ll try to sum up the most important ones:

  • Toyota Mark II Grande GX71 (duh)
  • Toyota Soarer GZ10/MZ11/MZ12 (including the Shakotan Boogie Soarer twice)
  • Numerous Toyota Celica XX GA61
  • Toyota Celica GT RA45
  • Toyota Corolla Levin TE27
  • Toyota Corolla Levin TE71 four door sedan
  • Toyota Corolla Levin AE86 hatchback
  • Toyota Corsa AL11
  • Numerous Nissan Skylines C10, C110, C210, R30
  • Numerous Nissan Cedric/Gloria 230, 330, 430
  • Numerous Nissan Fairlady S30
  • Nissan EXA
  • Hasemi Skyline KDR30 Super Silhouette kaido racer replica
  • Nissan Silvia S110 Super Silhouette kaido racer replica
  • Isuzu Bellet GT-R
  • Mazda RX-3

And the list could go on for another 20 or 30 models that I overlooked…

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Super rare: Toyota Celica Camry RA55

In 1980 Toyota launched a sedan Celica variant and called it the Celica Camry but in essence it was a face-lifted luxurious version of the Carina A40. In some countries it was simply called Toyota Camry and separated two years later into a FWD upmarket sedan and liftback.

But the first generation was still one of the most awesome mid-size sedans made by Toyota because of its engines and optional IRS. The first generation had a GT version of the Celica Camry featuring the 2 liter 18R-GEU DOHC engine (head by Yamaha) with an output of 135hp and nowadays this is the most sought after Celica/Carina of its generation. Imagine how rare this immaculate Celica Camry is:
Super rare Toyota Celica Camry
Super rare Toyota Celica Camry

This picture was taken at the Showa Meeting Ver.2 held in November last year.

Found at [Showa Meeting @ Minkara]

Carina Sightings: Bad ass Carina GT-Rs!


I found a couple of meeting pictures of the so called Showa Meeting Vol 1 (2010) which, obviously, is a meeting focussed on all automotive cars from the Showa era. Since the emperor died in 1989 the range of cars is obviously very wide, including a couple of early 80s Carinas!
Toyota Carina GT-R AA63 at Showa Meeting Vol 1
Toyota Carina GT-R AA63 at Showa Meeting Vol 1

This white AA63 Carina GT-R has a mismatched front grille. The grille was taken from a late type car and the Road Runner II badge was taken from a lower spec Carina. Apart from that it looks awesome sitting that low on those wats!

This Carina GT-R looked a bit less awesome:
Toyota Carina GT-R AA63 at Showa Meeting Vol 1
Toyota Carina GT-R AA63 at Showa Meeting Vol 1

But nevertheless I would certainly love to have it parked with those Longchamps in front of my house! 😉

This was the group shot of the Showa Meeting crew, and guess what they chose as background vehicles?
Showa Meeting Vol 1 Crew in front of Carinas
Showa Meeting Vol 1 Crew in front of Carinas

A bunch of Carinas! \o/
Too bad I couldn’t find a picture of the yellow Carina… It looks bad ass with all its camber and rollcage! And it is the only vehicle in the lineup that is lower than that lowered Bug! 😀

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