Archive for March, 2009

Two sufficiently retro mobiles;

Classic & Retro.  Oh Hey, retro-classics!

Classic & Retro. Oh Hey, retro-classics!

Thanks to Alistair for the picture.  Clicking it will take you to the 1024×768 version.

Fuego! Fuego! Fuego!

March 12, 2009

spotted on trademe:

1985 Renault Fuego TURBO! 117,000 miles, pretty sweet condition, sheepskin seat covers, parts for Africa, and styling only a drunk Frenchman could have come up with… ;)

all for the princely sum of $3000.



This guy explains the Fuego Turbo phenomenon far more eloquently than I ever could, but it’s nice to know that it wasn’t only the Japanese who were successfully tinkering around with forced induction back then.


technical specs

Renault Fuego
SOHC 8 valve, single carburettor, turbocharged

Displacement: 1.6 litres (1565cc)
Compression ratio: 8.0:1
Power: 134ps/5500rpm
Torque: 20.1kg-m/3000rpm

Peeking into the Past

March 12, 2009

At least one of these cars is not like the others

At least one of these cars is not like the others

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I think the picture speaks for itself. No more words required.

Prince Amongst Parts

March 11, 2009

Having recently been told the correct manner in which to spell Prince (as in Prince Motor Company) in Japanese (a direct translation is evidently incorrect and yeilds very little results), I set about Yahoo! Auctions Japan, trying to find all manner of things.  As you can imagine, the pickings were indeed slim.  The majority of available or shown items were from that of the Second Generation (S50, 54, 57) or for the Gloria.  As I had been informed by a few Japanese contacts, finding parts and even seeing the first Generation Skylines is a rare thing.

To give you an idea of what I am up against, here’s a select few things that I did happen to stumble across, some priced well, others… not so much…

Prince G-series Gasket Set

Prince Gloria BLSI Gasket Set

Starting bid of ¥13500JPY is equal to $280NZD at current exchange rates.

YAJ Link:

Seems a fairly reasonable price to me, given the age and the availability of such things.  Obviously with the costs of shipping added on post purchase it would likely be a sight more expensive again.  Perhaps too much so.  Shipping out of Japan for anything that isn’t a letter, is a costly affair.  However, there’s far more expensive parts to be had, follow me inside…


The Citroen car club of New Zealand held it’s national rally a couple of months ago from the 23rd til the 26th of January. Based around Masterton the rally started with the ’75th Anniversary Traction tour’ ending it’s week long journey from Auckland.

Although quite a while ago, I’ve not really been able to set aside any time to write anything on this…

We went along on the Saturday for the Pride of ownership and Gymkhana event at Solway showgrounds, and in the Afternoon, a navigational trial which saw most of the cars cover around 110km around the Masterton area.

Most of the time when you go to car club days, there’s a massive turnout of newer models,  however, out of around 80 cars that were entered in the ‘pride of ownership’ portion of the first day, about 70 could be seen as ‘classic’ Cits. From BX’s, right back to Post War Tractions, and everything D, 2CV, and CX in between.

Here’s a few sample pictures from the pride of ownership display, the link to the rest is at the bottom of the entry.