Brilliant: collection of Showa scale model cars

February 4, 2015 in brilliant

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…

Watch video number one: Read the rest of this entry →

Family Album Treasures: the Shakotan Boogie photo album

September 12, 2014 in Family Album Treasures

Today’s Family Album Treasure is literally someone’s family album:
Family Album Treasures: Kaido Racer photo album
In the video below Hattoriworks is going through his 1987 Fuji Grand Championship photo album. Read the rest of this entry →

Trivia: Why the Toyota Carina A60 failed in Europe

July 14, 2014 in Carina Trivia

There are a lot of speculations why the third generation Carina (the Toyota Carina A60) failed to sell in large numbers in Europe. One of them is that Datsun (aka Nissan) launched their new Bluebird 910 around the same time and offered a better pricing. This is partly true and this posting is about the other part which can be captured in the scan below:
Toyota Carina TA60 vs Toyota Carina II AT150
I made this scan of a Dutch book about Honda and Toyota from the mid 80s. During this period the Carina II T150 was selling quite well while the Carina A60 already had been phased out.

The photos above are press photos distributed in the 80s by Toyota Netherlands (aka Louwman & Parqui) and you clearly see a difference in marketing: the old is marketed with a conservative mustached salesman-guy and the new with the streamlined (French) glider in the background. I don’t think the annotation of the photos need to be translated as they are similar. 😉
Notice the glider: I will come back to that later…

This is obviously not the only marketing they did, another example is this 1982 ad targeted at Ford Taunus drivers: Read the rest of this entry →

Japanese Rustoseums: the Sinking Soarer

September 24, 2013 in rustoseum

Part fourtythree of the Japanese Rustoseums already? It really is going fast this way…
Japanese Rustoseums: the sinking soarer
This Toyota Soarer GZ10 is slowly sinking away into the grass of the farmland. Or is it the other way around: the grass is slowly soaring above the Soarer?

And a small tree is growing besides the back of the car: Read the rest of this entry →

Picture of the week: Cutaway Toyota Soarer MZ12

January 23, 2013 in picture of the week

Straight from a Toyota Soarer Super Gran Turismo MZ12 brochure this cutaway picture was scanned in a very high quality:
Toyota Soarer MZ12 cutaway picture
What I really like about this picture is the details in the 3 litre twin cam 6M-GE engine. Even though it was sold midst of Toyota’s twincam era it only featured two valves per cylinder. If you look close enough you can really see it clearly.

You can find the full size picture here: Toyota Soarer Super Gran Turismo MZ12 cutaway picture

Via MZ12GT

Your favorites: pick your Soarer Z10

January 12, 2013 in your favorites

An intriguing photo: at the left you can see a sharknosed kaido racer, next to it a kyusha kai on SSR Formula Mesh, next to that it looks like an almost unmolested track toy and on the far right a shakotan with an oil cooler on its chin spoiler.
Your favorite Soarer Z10
Four different styles and I’m wondering which one of these four Soarer Z10s would be your favorite?

Via Minkara