Remembering Japanese cars from the past

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Commerical time: Starlet KP60 trade in

This Dutch commercial is trying to sell the Toyota Aygo to all Toyota owners with an additional 1500 euros trade in on any Toyota.

I don’t think it really needs a translation: basically back in 1978 the guy boasts about his Starlet and is inseparable with his little Toyota. During the years he and his Starlet gets mocked more and more. In the end he decides it is time for a new car, but only after Toyota offers the additional 1500 euros trade in.

There are some things wrong with this commercial: first of all the Starlet is a 1978 model, but a 1980 facelift model (also the registration of the car reveals it was registered 12th of September 1980) and second of all the Starlet would catch a nice 3000 euros on the second hand market, so the additional 1500 euros should then be on top of another 1500 euros trade in price. But they probably wouldn’t offer that much money for the Starlet. ;)

Video: Chichibu touge videos from 1990

I found ae86lan adding these videos to his favorites on Youtube. The three videos are footage of touge runs in May 1990 with mainly AE86s, AE82s and Starlets. I must warn that there is hardly any drifting involved in these videos: most cars car grip driving up and down the touges around Chichibu.

The Skyline lookalike tail lights in the beginning of the clip are from a Nissan Langley. You can also spot around 4:00 a Celica AA63 and around 5:00 a Carina AA63.

Here is another video from that very same night:

And last but not least, another one from a different night going up and downhill:

Found at [murasakisyohu @ Youtube]

Motor-fan Magazine Starlet KP61 bugeye

Back in the 70s when image-rights were more expensive than a drawing made by an artist the magazines still featured very beautiful renderings of the latest models, just like this 1978 Starlet KP61 drawn for motor-fan magazine:
Motor-fan Magazine Starlet bugeye
Motor-fan Magazine Starlet bugeye

Personally I do believe a well drawn rendering is in most cases way better than a photoshoot that just didn’t work out…
Of course it can not compare to pictures taken by a skillful master! ;)

Commerical time: Mixed bag of Toyota

Got a mixed bag of Toyota commercials from Japan: Starlet KP60 Trans Europe trial, Corona T100, Celica XX mk1, Chaser MX30 and the KE30 saloon!

Even though I live in Europe, in a country next to Germany I still have no idea what the Trans Europe Trial actually is… It must have been something like Toyota wanted to prove the Starlet was an excellent car for European roads, therefore it would certainly be an even better car for the Japanese roads!

The Corona T100 looks like it would have been sophisticated back in a day, but with those features (central warning light, 5mph bumpers) you can even find on BYDs nowadays!

And that Chaser MX30! Of course if you first run it flat out on the saltflats (who put those lines there??) you definitely need to wash your hair!

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