Wednesday, 31 October 2012
The Third Generation Supra - the *A7* model - was introduced in 1986. Through its production life, it was always the hero car of the Toyota sports/performance range; it stayed around until 1993 when it was replaced with the MKIV - JZA80.
This particular car is a 1990, and i believe is an MA70 model - with the 7MGTE Twincam turbo 6.
Impressively, this chassis was available with the G, JZ, and M block Toyota Engines; displacing 2, 2.5, and 3Litres respectively. The sampler of Toyota's straight-6, twin cam, Turbo engines..!
There is aftermarket Aero all round, pearl white paint, a little lowering, Work Meister S1 3P's, nice tyres, and possibly a bigger brake setup for the front.
I'd probably loose that rear bar, the drivers seat, and the monster tacho; but nice car overall.
Tuesday, 30 October 2012
Saw this the other day going through an auction in Japan; and saved the pics as its just too rare to see.
Its a 1988 Mitsubishi Mirage Cyborg (C73A?); the top model for the third generation Mirage introduced in 1987.
I never see the hatchback ones any more, and had never seen a Cyborg in person.
Its a neat looking car though, with a large glasshouse and simple detailing. I love the wraparound wing..
WELL, lucky days..
Passing Go, and collecting $200...
Still has the visors, and those awesome foggies..
I love that spoiler - despite the fact it would do absolutely nothing halfway up the glass like that! haha
The joined tail-lights with centre garnish was a late 80's classic touch..
And finally, the point of the car:
Definietely something different, and an interesting alternative to the more popular Starlet and Familia Turbo's from the era.
If this Embed works, enjoy some frontie action..!
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Monday, 29 October 2012
This is the big brother of the one i posted recently, the TommyKaira M20:
But what makes it so special?
Other than the fact its the first Japanese car TommyKaira breathed on, the drivetrain is what makes this car. It was produced with a very unique, Twin Cam, 3 Litre, RB straight 6 - the RB30DE.
Instead of heading off to Australaia to be fitted to Nan's GX Wagon; This RB30 block stayed in Japan, where it was paired with the Twincam head off the 2 litre RB20.
Along with some careful machining, better pistons, cams, and a beautiful exhaust manifold; the non-turbo RB30DE creation pumped out 240hp @ 7000rpm! VERY impressive for 1988, and surely wouldve been grunty to drive.
This car is currently for sale in Japan, and not surprisingly its the only one available. you may aswell go ahead and ignore any wear-and-tear, as these are quite rare, and always desirable.
..Beggars cant be choosers!
The paint could well be original, as it looks to be sporting its Tommy Kaira side-stripes.
Someone has punched a couple gauges into the dash at some point, a pair of aftermarket headunits, and some pedals.
But all there.
...including what look to be Tommy Kaira mats!
The RB30DE. Similar detailing to the M20's bay.
I'm going to go ahead and ignore that pod..
Only for you!
Just bloody awesome. I love it.
My hands are itching to restore it..
Brochure pics courtesy of:
Sunday, 28 October 2012
The Recaro Idealseat C's have full electric adjustments, with the buttons on the lower bolsters - there couldn't have been a more fitting seat for this application....
How much ABOVE the cost of a regular 930 this would have been.. its just mind blowing. This was a premium car back in its day, that someone who i can only assume was off their face at the time, ordered in the loudest colour/trim/option combination. Truly ridiculous.
I love the fact this thing hasn't been wrecked - it remains as a time capsule of 80's excess.
I saved these pictures off Ebay USA 6-12months ago, and hope it went to an appreciative new owner.
Friday, 26 October 2012
This blog has had over 1000 visits now..! :)
It may only be 7 people, and the google-bot 900 times; but hey, who cares. :)
In celebration, one of my favourite 80's design standards: The pop-up headlight.
It may have been around since the 50's in one way or another, but it really came on strong in the 80's.
Although it was still around in the 90's, it was well and truly gone by early this century. It'l probably never come back for pedestrian-safety reasons, but we can always look back at the 1980's and laugh at the ridiculousness of it: Its a bloody light mounted to a motorized panel! Aerodynamic when closed, horrific when up...
..popups.. i <3 you.
I keep posting pictures of them, but they're cool. Cresta/Chaser/Cressida/MarkII are reliably and consistently awesome to search for. Theres always fun...
more interesting are the bonnet vents in the background of that shot..:
Nice to see the badges make a return after the repaint.
both badges are pretty cool. I've always been a fan of large decals instead of badges, but the script is pretty cool..
Cool stuff. Again. :P