Archive for August 10th, 2009

A few days ago I lamented to a friend that it was pretty much impossible to find certain nostalgic cars for sale in Japan anymore – specifically, Mazda Familias of the pre-facelift BFMR 4WD kind. “Maybe because they all ended up here,” he quipped.

imagine my surprise when this evening I received a link to the following vehicle listing on Goo-net:


It’s like the gods heard my complaint, or prayer, or something, I dunno.

380,000 yen is “only” NZ$5800, which totals one pretty expensive BFMR when you think about it – but like I mentioned in my Starion post from last week, it would be the ideal car to own from a collector’s point of view compared to the rubbish you often see on Trademe. And given the legendary status and nostalgia surrounding these cars in NZ, there’s a fair chance someone out there is willing to pay that much for an unmolested example.

No, not me, if anyone was wondering.

I recently had a comment left on one of my Prince related entries by a chap in Greece who also owns a Gen. I, Prince Skyline. He was looking for a bit of information which I tried to assist him with, as well I could, but there’s a bit of a language barrier in addition to what seems to be a slight lacking in computer abilities on his part, meaning receiving pictures of his car to share with you all was proving difficult, eventually I managed to search via Google with various parameters to find a website where there were pictures of his car.  It was at that point that I realised I’d already seen his car via emails from Steve (nzmax).  Still, they’re impressive pictures given their background, amongst other things.   So, without further ado, here they are;

Temple of the Sun

1962 Prince Skyline in front of the Temple of Poseidon, Sounion

The car belongs to Ioannis Aristopoulis and is registered with FIVA (Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens) and used in Rallies, actually driven and not left sitting about.  If you have any doubt as to how it gets driven I think this next picture should answer that… (more…)