Deja Vu? Almost a repeat of a previous post here; of a Southern Ways / Epsilon mesh Coffee table..
Amazingly similar to the 16x14J Southern Ways posted above, and very likely from the same era.
Whereas with the Southern Ways I was 99.8% sure the wheel was originally built with full intention of it being a table (size, quality and fit of the glass, and the lack of valve hole); there is absolutely no doubt with this one.
Not only is there again no valve hole; but the face never received any markings on the back, the 'decals' are actually printed on the reverse of the glass, and (however it was done..) the lip rolls 180degree's back on itself to trap the glass against the lip - it cannot be removed!
Every part here was made 30years ago to sit exactly how it does today.
It'd be interesting to know how this came to be. Maybe they were offered for sale alongside the wheels? Maybe as a promotional item? Given to dealers?
I'll definitely keep an eye open for others, which might help shed a little more light on things..
Sadly age and careless storage at some point has damaged the paint and fasteners..
There interestingly feels/sounds as though there are two layers to the glass/plastic..
Just more fun interior clutter.
Wednesday, 26 August 2015
Both are very rare nowadays, and I just about never see a 3door - which makes it such a shame to see this one here. It was relatively solid and complete, but just worthless.. and likely still only has a very small fan-base.
Its day will probably come one day; but no doubt too late for this poor little yellow example..
Neat little Suzuki-branded mudflaps there, and a rear wiper is fairly deluxe for an inexpensive commuter in 1985.
Again, 5speed manual is a bonus, as is the tacho-equipped analogue cluster.
Loved this detail, which was something I had embarrassingly never known!
Mightn't seem like a lot, but then remembering the kerb weight is likely around 700kg..
Its no GTi; but could have been a nice project (different, solid base, good colour, nice spec, etc). Sadly that ship has likely sailed for this one...
Sunday, 23 August 2015
Wednesday, 19 August 2015
Only a single rim; with no tyre, no aero fan/cover.. but it has some great patina, and I adore the car that (I assume, and am happy to continue to imagine..!) it came off.
Lacking much more in the way of information on this, I'll just get straight to the usual: the wheel in detail...
Part number 0259003
And a link to another odd racing BBS I posted about a couple months back.
Saturday, 15 August 2015
Sprinter being Toyota's more sports oriented variation of the Corolla, and the GT 1600 being the highest, twincam-equipped variation of that.
Available as a Sedan, Liftback (the body style sold in Australia as the T18), Hardtop, and Coupe (fastback); with this chassis also the basis of 3 and 5door wagons/panelvans under the Corolla name!
I'd say I prefer the somewhat sharper lines and slimmer tail-lights on the Corolla, but this is something different.. all the while being a little more painful for parts replacement.
One piece 14" alloys replacing the factory fitted styled steel wheels and dress rings..
Displacing 1.6litres and even more oversquare than its successor the 4A-GE, with a two-valve-per-cylinder twin-cam head designed by Yamaha.
Probably not so much the case 2T-GEU injected versions, but these 2T-G look great with a little detailing! Great looking engine at the very least, that also manages to make impressive power for its size/age. Cool.
Crazy this car still seems to have the plastic on the door cards..!?
Currently for sale at a dealer in Japan, for <~1million yen.
..which as usual, I have no trouble justifying! Couldn't build up a nugget E7 to these specs for that. This is in great shape for its age (and claimed 200,000km!), would be a blast to punt around in, while also different to the usual AE86-chassis RWD Sprinters.
..and its got fender mirrors.