A couple of Kujira Crowns, both in wagon and sedan form, have popped up in the most unlikely of places — in a K-pop video. At first glance this may seem unusual because, according to the Toyota South Korea website, the company didn’t even officially have a presence in the country until 2009. However, if this video of the song “Sober” by the band Big Bang was really filmed in South Korea, it is likely these were Shinjin New Crowns, knockdown kits of the S60 Toyota Crown built under license.
The history of Shinjin Motors, established 1954, is a tumultuous one. Initially a producer of car parts, when the government began promoting the auto industry the company inked a deal with Mitsubishi. Only 100 vehicles were built before Shinjin took over a defunct rival who was assembling knockdown kits of Nissan’s 310 Bluebird. Shinjin then began producing those, powered by Jeep engines. Finally in 1966, a deal was struck with Toyota and Shinjin began offering Publicas, Coronas, Land Cruisers, and Crowns, as well as large commercial trucks. By 1972, Toyota’s deal with Shinjin ended and the company began a partnership with GM. Today, the Shinjin Bus Company is part of Daewoo Bus.
As for the video itself, it is probably best if you skip ahead to 1:51 unless you’re a K-pop fan. The music is typical boy band fare, and to most readers probably just as disturbing as the neon shag interior of the Crown sedan.