Welcome to Part 2 of our 2010 New Year Meeting coverage. JNC operative Derek Y. has sent us photos of Toyotas, Mazdas and Mitsubishis and a solitary Honda. We know you’re eager to get to the eye candy so let’s jump right in.
Most Americans are familiar with the little hatchback KP60 Starlets, but this is actually the first generation, a KP42 Toyota Publica Starlet. It was introduced in 1973 as an upscale offshoot of the Publica line, available with 1000cc 2K or 1200cc 3K engines. The ST grille on this one leads us to believe it’s the latter.
This T80 Toyota Corona sedan taxi is so nostalgic! The color might indicate service in 1970s Fukushima Prefecture. The sticker on the side advertises that this cab is equipped with air conditioning so you can ride in cool comfort. This generation was called the burabo Corona thanks to ad campaigns that exclaimed “Bravo!”
Beneath the skin, it’s a different story. The beautifully crafted motor is a fuel-injected 5M head bolted to 6M bored and stroked to 3.1 liters, connected to a W58 5-speed and Soarer LSD. The suspension is composed of X70 Cressida components, X80 Cressida 5-lug hubs and HCR32 Skyline brakes.
Mazdas have traditionally had a small showing at the New Year Meeting. Perhaps die-hard Mazdafarians don’t want to travel cross-country from Hiroshima to Tokyo. Though if it were up to us, the Mazda Cosmo 110S, which already looks like a jet-age expressway bullet, would be the way to travel in style.
Calling George Jetson! The Mazda R360 club was out to celebrate the model’s 50th anniversary (the car debuted in 1960).
We never get tired of the Mazda T2000. We love them so very much.
If the Step Van’s a rockin’… The guy who customized this Honda Life Step Van obviously took inspiration from the 1970s vannin’ trends in the US. But it’s not retro; this car was built in the 70s and has been preserved all this time! It’s apparently quite famous in Japan.
If anyone would like one of Matt’s kidneys instead, here’s a 1973 Mitsubishi Galant Coupe FTO. Little brother to the GTO, engine choices ranged from 1.4-liter Neptune to 1.4- and 1.6-liter Saturn motors.