Tuesday, 24 September 2013

February 1984, and in the zone..

Some more vintage wheel goodness, as I cant help myself. Love this stuff..
Rarely seen, and produced by a company I know literally nothing about.
15" Zone ARX, made by the Furukawa Aluminum Co way back in February 1984. Assuming I read the date code right, these will be 30 next year..

I need to know more about this '60-inch concept'. Vintage Dubs yo?

15x6.5" +22 and 4x114.3. Cant imagine what these would have originally been made to suit.. Skyline? Silvia? This sizing with this stud pattern would be lost in the guards of many early to mid 80's cars, but that's how it was..

The wheels came fitted with their silver trim rings and caps, however..

..they also come with transparent/tinted black counterparts, sitting snugly in the bottom of the box.

Out of the box..

ZONE ARX correspond with new car technology ;High power; Aerodynamics, Safety, and Luxury. 

Super fine feeling.... Zone, for intellectual automobile elegance. Only use for 15inch wheels. Maximum wheel road (90;600kg) 15"

Love it; but no doubt the editor was away the day that was issued for production..!

The silver works well, but the tinted transparent black trims? Why yes.. yes i will.

That's fantasitc..
The outer ring is held on by four four screws, while the centre ring clips in place. 

Generous caliper clearance.

30 years, and still waiting to be mounted.

Just love it.

On an unrelated note; that was post number 200. Celebrated well I'd say.. :)

Friday, 20 September 2013

Needed more AW11..

Just noticed there's been a bit of an AW11-content drought.. which just cant be!

So to fix that, an AW11. Somewhat randomly selected from an assortment of MR2's currently for sale, to light up the page with its mid-engined quirkyness...

This particular car is an 1988 G-Limited, Supercharger; top of the tree for AW11's. It is also a targa (T-Top) car, a further option on top of the G-Limited.
Here the factory pin-striping and decals have been removed (well, not replaced after it was repainted), 15" Volk TE37's replace the factory 14" 'teardrop' alloys, clear lenses and HIDs...

..and a HKS Exhaust.
The spoiler, skirts, lip, and roof spoiler are all factory G-Limited parts.

TWIN CAM 16 G, referring to the 1.6litre, 16Valve, Supercharged, 4A-GZE - in this car mated to a 5spd manual.
Unfortunately for me, the supercharged (1986-1989 only) 4AG was limited to the Japanese and North American markets.
Luckily however, the naturally-aspirated 4A-GE is still a gem of a motor.. and suite the character of the car well..!

Toyota made 160,000 of the damn things between 1984 and 1989.. but even then I really don't see too many about.. and almost never one I haven't seen before.
I just love these little cars; although not too surprisingly really, as I have owned one since early 2006. Regardless of how good it is or isn't, I'm too attached by this point. It may as well be a McLaren F1 in my eyes!

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

In good company..

Third-generation, 1986-1992 A70 Toyota Supra...
This car being a 1991 GA70 - a somewhat uncommon 1G-GTE powered car - and what looks to be great condition.
Not surprising seeing the company its in - 993 911's, an NA1 NSX, R35 GTR, Ferrari California, Audi R8..

Love it.. and looking great in burgundy.

Saturday, 14 September 2013


Almost continuing on from my last similar post here, we have another assortment of Honda's sub-tonne B16-powered boxes of awesomeness... the 1989-1991 EF9 Civic SiR

These cars have all came on the market in recent times, with a couple of them still available.
Teal green '90, on white SSR Type C's.
Beautifully clean exterior; de-badged, no wipers, and no side mouldings.. with the external bonnet/hood and hatch pins the only added clutter. 

A black '90, with a bit of red detailing. Makes me wonder how cool these would look in the old black/red Advan livery.
This one is much closer to original, and sitting at a more practical height; with chunky tyres wrapped around what look to be older Racing-Sparco or GAB-sports wheels of some sort.

White '90 with Motul livery, white buddyclub P1's, and a single-wiper.

Competing with the first Teal car in overall simplicity stakes, is this red/maroon '90 - also on SSR Type C's..

 Yet another '90, and another straight-pipe. This time on Volk TE37's...

Last one, and a 1990 build again. This almost Spoon-sports themed yellow car is sitting on SSR Type-X's, and has what is a J's Racing wing as far as I'm aware..

That's all I've got for now unfortunately.
Gotta love the old EF hatches!