Classic Japan Car

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Post by felixcatus » Fri Jun 06, 2014 12:42 am

Lucke Luke wrote:Did you buy it as it is, or have you restored it/tidied it up yourself?
Bought it as is. I worked as a mechanic for more than 25 years, had my share of wrenching, at the moment I just want to drive it. :D

Lucke Luke wrote:Some pictures of the interior?
I only have a few crappy cell phone pics of the interior.
The car is still at the garage, the passenger seat is send to the upholsterer for repair.


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Post by marcusnieman » Fri Jun 06, 2014 9:10 am

Wow.... just like I remember them.

From the same 70's era, Ford made a European designed two door, four seater called the Capri MK1.... seen here (my long time highschool girlfriends car - great fun to drive):

http://betterparts.org/images/ford-capri-01.jpg

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Post by felixcatus » Fri Jun 06, 2014 9:20 am

marcusnieman wrote:
From the same 70's era, Ford made a European designed two door, four seater called the Capri MK1.... seen here (my long time highschool girlfriends car - great fun to drive):

http://betterparts.org/images/ford-capri-01.jpg
Great car.
IIRC a friend of mine crashed 3 Capris in the ?80s (not the cars fault).

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Post by marcusnieman » Fri Jun 06, 2014 12:18 pm

Here's the aforementioned 70's Datsun 510. GREAT little road car - modified one would eat a BMW 2002 for lunch:

Factory version: http://s.petrolicious.com/market/datsun ... -510-2.jpg

Modified:
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Post by JVsearch » Fri Jun 06, 2014 10:16 pm

The Celica was a very well loved car in Australia (at least IMO).

What is great is that it doesn't look out of place today, or maybe I'm just being sentimental about it.

Anyway, I think that Celica is a good looking car, and your one is in great condition. :)
Totally biased towards Japanese made guitars.

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Post by felixcatus » Sat Jun 07, 2014 12:06 am

JVsearch wrote: What is great is that it doesn't look out of place today
Yep, I agree. Although with these kind of cars, there always is a time period that they look outdated (the same for the Capri, marcus is talking about). But once they get past that period, they start to look better with age.
(I hope this makes some sense?)

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Post by felixcatus » Sat Jun 07, 2014 12:56 am

Here's a "fantastic" liftback.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kz0A3Nl2XuM

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Post by JVsearch » Sat Jun 07, 2014 1:48 am

felixcatus wrote:
JVsearch wrote: What is great is that it doesn't look out of place today
Yep, I agree. Although with these kind of cars, there always is a time period that they look outdated (the same for the Capri, marcus is talking about). But once they get past that period, they start to look better with age.
(I hope this makes some sense?)
That actually makes perfect sense! :lol:
Totally biased towards Japanese made guitars.

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Post by villager » Sat Jun 07, 2014 3:35 am

my 1994 supra, circa 400bhp everything still works perfectly...

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Post by felixcatus » Sat Jun 07, 2014 6:23 am

villager wrote: everything still works perfectly...
Of course, it's a Toyota :wink:, and a nice one.

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Post by villager » Sat Jun 07, 2014 10:43 am

I love that car...

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Post by ampmaker » Sat Jun 07, 2014 2:39 pm

Another Japanese car addict signing in! :) That '70s Celica is such a lovely car. I was in Tokyo last month and hoped to see some old cars, but they are rarer there than here (it seems).

My last Toyota was a not-quite-so-old JDM import:

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Supercharged with as many goodies as Toyota had available (even had proper climate control!) Alas, I never drove it much for a number of reasons.

This is its replacement (after 20+ years of want!):

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Post by felixcatus » Sat Jun 07, 2014 4:01 pm

ampmaker wrote:
This is its replacement (after 20+ years of want!):

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WOW :o a NSX, tell us more!

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Post by marcusnieman » Sun Jun 08, 2014 11:48 am

Awesome.... all of them. the NSX is one of my faves

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Post by ampmaker » Sun Jun 08, 2014 4:06 pm

I worked up to the NSX, via a Fiat X1/9, then the supercharged MR2 shown above and then the NSX. It's a great car, perhaps not as quick as the R33 Skyline I used to have, but more of an occasion, and I prefer the feel of NA engines over blown engines.

This dark green one is a targa - a little softer, perhaps, than the coupe. It's mostly standard (except the exhaust).

Unfortunately, I'm a bit too busy at the moment to get out in it very much. :( I try to get along to country drive-outs when I can. This was one from last year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ae1u6y1Rgck - please don't be distracted by the red car! :D

I love Japanese car engineering. So much that I'm about to do a big european road trip and am buying an old Lexus LS just for the trip (to sell immediately after we're back). That was the other game-changing car that came out of Japan at the same time as the NSX. I'd love to do the trip in the NSX, but we want to bring back a LOT of wine, cheese and other goodies. :)

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