While most people are downing large quantities of Netflix right now, here’s something a bit more relevant to our interests: Home videos of driving through Tokyo in the Showa Era. It’s a clockwise loop of Tokyo’s Shuto, and speaking of normal JNCs, the roads are teeming with Bluebirds, Galants, Crowns, Coronas, Citys, Sunnys, Skylines, and Glorias. It’s old Japanese car heaven.
According to YouTube user kamepo, who uploaded the video, it was filmed during the New Year holiday of 1986. They note that at 12:16, there was a kei car running with its hazards on, warning others of its low speed. Apparently, it was common at the time to find kei vehicles and old trucks that couldn’t keep up with the high-speed flow.
It’s a pretty impressive video, considering it was long before dashcams and video recorders were pretty gigantic. Apparently kamepo filmed the footage with a rented Victor KY-1900, a triple-Saticon tube “compact” camera about the size of a toaster oven and weighing about 12-14 pounds. With a Betamax tape deck, AC100V power supply, large tripod, and other equipment, the total setup weighed in at about 66 pounds. That seems like a ton of work, and we have no idea what inspired kamepo to undertake this project, but we’re glad they did. What cars can you identify?