Most of us probably try to avoid driving our 1970s JNCs in the rain. But decades ago, in 1970s Tokyo, streets teemed with yet-to-be-nostalgic cars, even during a downpour. Bluebirds, Celicas, Savannas, Crowns, Sambars, Skylines, and even a few examples of Detroit Iron packed the city. It’s a glorious sight to behold.
This footage from the Kino Library was discovered by reader Toyotageek after viewing the Goodnight Tokyo short film from 1992. It begins with umbrella-toting commuters walking through Shimbashi Station during a rainstorm. A Corona Mark II taxi enters the frame, followed by a Cedric. Suddenly, the camera flips around, shooting down what looks to be old Sotobori Street towards the Nakagin Capsule Tower, capturing an explosion of Nihon Steel swarming the avenues. Talk about a JNC overload!
Our favorite part comes at 3:03, filmed in what looks to be Ginza. A beautiful Mazda RX-3 pulls up next to a 610 Bluebird, while on the other side of the street a Celica Liftback waits by the curb between a Ford Granada and an A-body Buick Regal. We can’t help but wonder if any of these cars survive today.
Thanks to Toyotageek for the tip!