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Family Album Treasures: Toyota Sprinter Trueno TE47 and Isuzu 117

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!
Family Album Treasures: Isuzu 117 and Trueno TE47
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

Family Album Treasures: Toyota Sprinter Trueno TE47 zokusha

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:
Family Album Treasures: Trueno TE47 zokusha
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:
Family Album Treasures: Trueno TE47 zokusha
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

AE86 Trivia: all Sprinter Trueno AE86 Black Limited facts

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!
AE86 Trivia header
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:
Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86 Black Limited

Fast forward 27 years and this is how some examples by Carland AE86 look today:
Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86 Black Limited

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

HaCHiRoCK FESTA 2013: The first impression

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!
HaCHiRoCK!! FESTA 2013
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.
HaCHiRoCK!! FESTA 2013

I’ll post more interesting/weird/wet/ae86/levin/trueno/whateverdrawsmyattention pictures in the upcoming days!

Photos via: Minkara and Minkara

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