Archive for November, 2009

’80s turbo talk: Ford 1600CVH

November 10, 2009

At roughly the same time as Ford of Japan and Australia’s development of the Laser TX3 in their joint partnership with Mazda, their counterparts on the other side of the world were hard at work tooling a turbo hot hatch of their own. Developed with assistance from Ford of America’s SVE (Special Vehicle Engineering) division, the Escort RS turbo promised to deliver a handsome challenge to the likes of hot hatch rivals VW, Lancia and Opel/Vauxhall on their home turf of continental Europe.

Some reckon the Mark III & IV Escort were built on BD Familia underpinnings - but who's to say? Photo courtesy of Ford Club Hannover (Germany)

Drawing from the success of the Sierra Cosworth (YBx) and Mustang SVO (Pinto 2.3) turbocharged engines, the humble 1600 Compound Valve angle, Hemispherical combustion chamber engine was chosen as the base upon which to develop the RS turbo version, possibly showing a certain parallel with Mazda’s similarly sized 1600cc B6T. (more…)

So, I can’t help myself. The opportunity to own another classic came up, so the daily driving 1994 Honda Accord I’d only bought two weeks prior went up for sale so I could get this;

Full feature tomorrow or later on in the week, depending on when it’s clear enough to take some decent shots of it.  For those unaware of what it is;  1972 Datsun 260C, known in Japan as the Nissan Cedric.


P.S.  Should I consider it a challenge to fill in the gaps between 63 and 72?  With purchase of this fine steed I’m owner of 1963, 1972, 1973 and 1974 vehicles.  I wonder…

Shared on by the wonderful and spritely (for his age, of course) UncleJake.

Loved it and thought I would share it with you all.



November 8, 2009

Someone with cash needz to buy this, because you knows you wanna. And $10k probably wouldn’t get you one out of Japan shipped and complied with the way our peso currently is. It’s even got the oh-so-leet Jenesis rear spoiler and ADthree end caps, a sign of quality DR30-ness. But are some decent photos of the vehicle too much to ask for?

if you is in Dunedin, go have a look at it and tell me if it’s any good.

K, check. D, check. R30, check.

However do bear in mind that moar dish and moar slam are required with urgency. And Michael will probably give you shit because he’s all about the trip-slat, and this be iron-nose all up in yo’face.

Just hoping it doesn’t end up in the hands of some TC bastard. That would suck.

Nissan Skyline RS-X 1983 for sale on Trademe »

Guess the Car!

November 6, 2009 – Guess the Car.  Proudly Sponsored by…

Alright! it’s that time again.  Though this time around we’ve got a bit more incentive.   With HUGE thanks to Ewan @ the winner of this little game will receive a prize! HOLY CRAP!  Can you imagine!?  So, without further delay here is the vehicle you have to guess;

Prize and Entry Details as follows…