Family Album Treasures generally come with one or multiple persons standing in front of one single car. This Family Album Treasure comes with two: a Toyota Sprinter Trueno TE47 and a Isuzu 117!
In contrary to the Toyota in-house designed Trueno TE47 the Isuzu 117 was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro. The Trueno TE47 is one of my all time favorite cars, however with pain in my heart I have to admit the 117 is looking a lot sleeker than the Trueno. Still the Trueno TE47 is higher on my want-list than the 117. 😉
The Trueno in the photo also features the well-known Japanese beginner driver mark, so I guess all three are late teens, early twenties. By now this photo should already be in their family album for well over thirty years!
Found at: Vitz Colors Futa
This Toyota Sprinter Trueno TE47 was a corner case: I could have posted it on the bosozoku style blog but decided otherwise because it contained an excellent Family Album Treasure:
The Sprinter Trueno TE47 is actually one of my favorite cars and high on my if I ever win a million I will have to buy this car list. And it is not like it is made from unobtainium: they were sold in small numbers here in Europe. 🙂
The Trueno is actually owned by his buddy, hence he is not in front of the car. But there is a nice bosozoku vibe in the picture: hanging out with your gang buddies.
More interesting is what his buddy did to the Trueno TE47:
Overfenders and deep dished SSR Mk 1 rims at the rear. Looks like the stock Toyota fenders got some banding treatment as well.
Found at yoza1282
It is time to dig a bit deeper into the AE86 again and this time I had a specific model in mind: the Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86 Black Limited!
A total of 400 Black Limited AE86 were made in 1986 and all of them are Sprinter Truenos. So no Levins were available in the Black Limited edition! All Black Limited cars were graded as GT Apex.
This is the official brochure from 1986:
Fast forward 27 years and this is how some examples by Carland AE86 look today:
What are the key differences between the normal kouki Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86 and the Black Limited?
- Black (duh!) paint in colorcode (204) that was not available on the normal lineup.
- Gold painted 5.5JJ x 14 inch rims (aka Snowflakes)
- Kouki tail lights with a Black Limited mid section
- Black Limited gold livery on the doors with a gold pinstripe
- Golden Trueno grille logo
- Black/grey/orange gauge cluster
- Black/grey/orange leather GT steering wheel
- Black/grey/orange leather gearshifter knob
- Black/grey/orange interior
A very good example of the Black Limited orange livery: Continue reading
In the category of the reverse fetishes: Japanese nowadays love the USDM look and this Illest Trueno on HaCHiRoCK Festa 2013 proves it:
The whole car breathes Illest, Fatlace, hellaflush and any other style that emerged from the United States.
On the left side deep dished bright green RS Watanabe (rear) rims: Continue reading
When you start browsing several galleries with many many of the 250 hachi rokus present at the HaCHiRoCK Festa 2013 you start to see patterns evolving. Take for instance this perfect Black Limited:
It is bone stock apart from the TE37v rims.
When you look at the kouki two door Trueno AE86 parked next to it: Continue reading
A couple of weeks ago I already suggested people to attend this years HaCHiRoCK Festa, but looking at the pictures I kind of regret that now. I hope the ones attending did not get too soaked!
Yes it was raining cats and dogs!
For those unfamiliar with HaCHiRoCK!! Festa: it is an annually organised festival for hachi-roku (AE86) owners to attend. The reason why it is so popular is the number of cars: there is a limit of 250 cars maximum and in general they are sold out way before the festival starts. So if you are an AE86 enthusiast and going there will guarantee that you will have a good time!
For me it is always an issue going there as I simply do not live in Japan and unfortunately presenting stuff on conferences around my job does extend to Japan… So I’ll just have to do with scraping Minkara and other Japanese resources for photos and videos.
I’ll post more interesting/weird/wet/ae86/levin/trueno/whateverdrawsmyattention pictures in the upcoming days!
Photos via: Minkara and Minkara