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Two Forty

July 15, 2009



In a recent Japanese Nostalgic Car forum poll it was stipulated that the AW11 Toyota MR2 made a suitable contender for the most significant Japanese car debuted in 1984. And while the ensuing thread turned into a lively (and at times heated) debate amongst various forum denizens over what specific vehicle traits embody the definition of “significant”, I personally couldn’t help but think how valid that contention actually was. Don’t need oodles of luggage space? Got a missus but no kids? Then why not vote for the MR2?

AW11 MR2 G-Limited Super Charger

AW11 MR2 G-Limited Super Charger


Goodbye Sweet Silvia

July 7, 2009

So the day finally came and went.  I made a voyage to Dunedin this weeked been to swap my S12 Silvia for a D21 Terrano.  Though the exchange was not without it’s hiccups, the Silvia ran faultlessly all the way to Dunedin, it was sad to see it go but these things have to happen in order to aid the other more important cars.  I drove into Dunedin in the early afternoon, the car covered in road grime from the journey up on roads that had been covered in grit due to the ice, for many days previous, so I gave the S12 one last clean and took a few photos of it for memory’s sake.

Of course, having done that, I figured I’d visit young Zeb (proprietor of to see whether he was at work.  Turns out he was and despite expecting to see his Alto, I was amusingly surprised to see his Toyota MarkII in it’s currently unfinished stance.  (more…)

Delays and Happiness

June 18, 2009

You may have noticed on a previous entry, I’ve been trying to sell my S12 Silvia for a while to fund the restoration of metal on the C110.

Well the past few weeks have involved me sorting out the finer details on trying to swap these vehicles, keys for keys;

1989 Nissan Terrano D21 Turbo Diseasel

1989 Nissan Terrano D21 Turbo Diseasel

There’s been a delay in getting the Terrano legal so the owner can drive down from Christchurch to Dunedin and myself up from Invercargill to Dunedin, to make the swap.  Fingers crossed it’s just a matter of time but it is getting a little tedious now, only because I’m chomping at the bit to get the C110 done and I can’t without a cash injection from the sale of a car…  Soon, soon.

On a happier note,  the first C110 front spoiler I imported via Ewan has found a new owner and desite losing some money on it, I’m happy to see the spoiler going to a pretty special North Island C110.  I’ll try get some photo’s to share with you of the car once the spoiler has found it’s new home.  So keep your eyes peeled.


Only an OCD bastard would make a post about badges, right? Damn right.

Here’s what arrived for me today hot off the plane from Japan.

moar swag! (by retro-classics)


with the recession looming I’ve decided to put my grandiose plans of building a 300PS FJ20ET on hold, and so I’m freshening up the DR30 coupe instead since I’m no longer selling it. Wanting to save up for an overseas trip next year may also have influenced this new direction somewhat. Fortunately, the coupe doesn’t really require a heap of work to get it looking mint again; the list I’ve mentally compiled for myself only has five entries on it.

And with the arrival of the following items I can cross the first one off: