Remembering Japanese cars from the past

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Would you buy a 166 dollar Toyota 3T-GTEU ashtray? – WTF?!

There are some questionable memorabilia that I own. Like for instance an unused official Toyota Carina notepad with Sonny Chiba and Kayoko Kishimoto riding on top of a 3A-II engine. Yes, that sounds more bizarre than it actually is, but I digress… I found this Toyota 3T-GTEU ashtray for sale on Mercari and I was stunned by its price: 166 dollars!

Toyota 3T-GTEU headcover ashtray looks accurate
Toyota 3T-GTEU headcover ashtray looks accurate

It does look very similar to the 3T-GTEU head. For comparison, here is an image of a Bond-girl hugging a 3T-GTEU engine:

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Carina Sightings: turbocharged Toyota Carina AA63 in Hot Version 33

Ka Ko posts clips from various Hot Version videos regularly and yesterday he posted up a short clip of a turbocharged Toyota Carina AA63 versus a Toyota Corolla AE92 sedan.
Toyota Carina AA63
The Carina is wrongly placed as the T15/T16 in the description but in reality it is a resprayed Toyota Carina AA63. Also don’t get fooled over that 4A-GZE that got swapped in from an AE92: it is actually turbocharged! Another way to get a twin cam turbo in a Carina!

The comparison between the two is made by driving them as fast as possible on the Ebisu track: Continue reading

Carina sightings: Carina GT-TR with twin cam turbo interior

Yesterday I spotted this amazing all original Toyota Carina GT-TR sedan on Goo-net:
Toyota Carina sedan GT-TR TA63
Toyota Carina sedan GT-TR TA63

The only modifications done to this Carina was adding set of 14 inch Watanabe rims and repairing the front airdam!

Toyota Carina sedan GT-TR TA63
Toyota Carina sedan GT-TR TA63

The car only traveled 82000 kilometers so far (that is 357 less than mine!) which is peanuts for a car like this!

Toyota Carina sedan GT-TR TA63
Toyota Carina sedan GT-TR TA63

It still has the original Twin Cam Turbo interior (GT-TR only) and the interior still looks spotless! Also note that this is one of the few GT-TRs which has no rollcage installed!

Toyota Carina sedan GT-TR TA63
Toyota Carina sedan GT-TR TA63

Engine surely looks like it did 82K, but no more and no less. 😉
Also note that there are no camberplates or strutbars installed. Car certainly has not been used as a circuit or drift car!

Toyota Carina sedan GT-TR TA63
Toyota Carina sedan GT-TR TA63

In other words: this is a very nice uncut gem! You possibly can’t find a GT-TR in a better state than this!

If you are willing to spend 580.000 yen ($6600) on this beauty with full history it is certainly worth every penny (uh, yen?)!
You can find the car here:
Toyota Carina sedan GT-TR TA63 on goo-net

Puppy saving TA63 Carina

Oh great! I lack a turbo on my Carina and now I can’t do puppy saving!

Oh well… I didn’t fancy the turbo GT-TR Carina anyway. I’m more fan of the 4AGE. 😉

Anyway, the source can be found here:
http://jalopnik.com/cars/classic-ad-watch/rescue-puppies-with-the-toyota-carina-321412.phpp

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