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Friday Video: Toyota Corona vs Nissan Cedric

Finally, an inter-marque rivalry between the two titans of Japanese auto manufacturing! As with last week, we are unsure which movie this chase comes from, but who cares? We’ve got a daring escape by a bank robber in a jacked … Continue reading


Friday Video: Rare Toyota Destruction!

We’re not sure what this movie is, but it features terrible tons of totalled Toyotas. Corona Mark IIs and Crowns with bad/no brakes get slaughtered in some of the most spectacular patrol car pileups since The Blues Brothers. It’s enough to … Continue reading


EVENTS: Japanese Classic Car Show 2010, Part 03

Mazda is one of two major automakers that sponsors JCCS, and there’s always a nice display of rotaries thanks to the legions of SoCal Mazdafarians. Here is a study in contrasts, the sleek and sexy SA22C RX-7 and its pistonless … Continue reading


EVENTS: Japanese Classic Car Show 2010, Part 02

This year’s JCCS was so big, so popular, so insane, attendees had to wait at least one hour just to get through the gates. Some gave up and went home (their loss). Word has it that the line stretched all … Continue reading


EVENTS: Nisei Showoff 2010

The Nisei Showoff was back for another year because the spot where the show has been held was not redeveloped as originally scheduled. Hooray for the GFC? Anyway, old school flavor was out in full effect and seems to be … Continue reading


Kidney Anyone? Another Toyota Corona RT52 Hardtop

It’s raining Coronas! Hot on the heels of last week’s 2200-mile ’68 RT52 Hardtop Coupe comes this 1969 example with 57,000 miles. That might be 25 times the miles, but the condition actually seems to be, like the color, a … Continue reading

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1957 Tokyo Motor Show

Here’s some rare footage of the 1957 Tokyo Motor Show, which was held outdoors in Hibiya Park. At the time, Japan’s total automotive output was only a hair over 47,000 units, about 1/130 of the US’s. Debuts included the S30 … Continue reading


Bagged 'Rona: Air Suspension RT40 Toyota Corona

The RT40 Corona is not often customized in the States, but check out this bagged barikan from Japan! Deletion of fender mirrors and a JDM window visor may look like subtle mods, but this sled actually had some pretty extensive … Continue reading


Kidney, Anyone? 2274-Mile 1968 Toyota Corona RT52 Hardtop

Remember that 8700-mile ’66 Toyota Corona that sold for $16000 in 2007, and then again for $32000 in 2009 with the addition of just one more mile? Well if there’s ever another that could top it, it’s this 1968 RT52 … Continue reading


Did Barack Obama’s Family Own a Toyota Corona?

Since we’re coming off the Fourth of July weekend, let’s talk about another presidential nostalgic. There’s a new Indonesian movie coming out about our current Prez called Little Obama, and it clearly shows young Barack riding to his new home … Continue reading


Vintage Japanese Car Show at Laguna Gamagori

Laguna Gamagori is a seaside amusement park in Aichi Prefecture. JNC reader Nakazoto went to a vintage car show there recently and snapped a metric buttload of photos. Somehow, a light blue hakosuka looks simultaneously oh so wrong and oh … Continue reading


EVENTS: 15th Annual All Toyotafest, Part II

When everyone from Congress to late night comedians is painting your cars as deathtraps unfit for their worse enemies, follow the lead of GM, Chrysler and Alfa Romeo. Embrace your heritage. Show the haters that no matter how much the … Continue reading


RT40 Toyota Corona Will Survive in Miyagi-ken

Unlike some rural areas of Japan, the blue-skied Miyagi-ken, in the northern areas of Honshu, seem to be retaining their prosperity. The cows live indoors, the residents drive new cars and build new houses — even some in Meiji-era castle style, … Continue reading


Shoto Incongruities

One of the curious aspects of Tokyo living is the often cliched perspective of the new vs. the old. The fall-back standard for no-need-to-think international correspondents who like to show keitai girls in yukata, shinkansen and rice-fields, cosplay and temples, … Continue reading


Friday Video: Pontiac's The Bug and the Beetle

The Bug and the Beetle was a 1972 propaganda film by GM meant to whip workers into shape by stoking fear of foreign competition. How can you take a day off work when Germans and Japanese are pouring their cars … Continue reading


Finally, A Toyota Ad with Nostalgics!

Finally, an ad where Toyota honors its heritage instead of asking people to crush it. And all it took was a global recall of 8 million cars, the worst in the company’s history, and non-stop cries for the rolling heads … Continue reading


EVENTS: 2010 New Year Meeting, Part 2

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 … Continue reading


OneDay OldCar Festival Shikoku 2009

Right. So that evil Mazda RX-3 we posted yesterday? It’s just met its match. This Toyota Mark II devours souls for breakfast. Take heed not to confuse the name of the car with the name of the wheel. Peer into … Continue reading


Kidney, Anyone? Low Mileage AW11 Toyota MR2, Datsun 510, Toyota Corona Mark II and Mitsubishi Lancer

We just had a shortened work week, but there was no shortage of low mileage nostalgics suddenly up for grabs. The only problem is deciding between the wedge-shaped pocket rocket that is this 39,000-mile 1986 Toyota MR2, undiluted driving experience … Continue reading


Friday Video: Bollywood Love in Tokyo

The 1966 Indian movie Love in Tokyo contains this toe-tappin’ Bollywood song and dance number that meanders through the streets of 1960s Tokyo. As a result, cameras inadvertently captured the very beginning of the era of Japanese prosperity in which … Continue reading