Car Show Outtakes: Five Practical Japanese Family Cars – Something For Everyone

When looking through the pictures I took at a recently held event for Japanese cars, I noticed the five family trucksters, all dressed in white. It was quite a wild variety too, mind you. So I decided to put them all together in this mini-tour. Enjoy.

Starting with a cute 1977 Toyota 1000 wagon. Its engine displacement is 993 cc, actually. The 1000 was the name for the Publica P30-series in most markets outside Japan.

Just a few steps from small & cute to a compact brute, a 2000 Subaru Forester S/tb STi.

Powered by a turbocharged 2.0 liter flat-four with a maximum power output of 240 DIN-hp. AWD, naturally.

The grocery getters are getting bigger now, with more turbopower.

With the tinted windows and black pillars the roof of this 1997 Subaru Legacy GT-B (B for Bilstein) really seems to float.

Power unit: a twin turbo 2.0 liter flat-four, according to the wagon’s registration good for 260 DIN-hp. Given that number it must have an automatic transmission (I didn’t peek inside) and the EJ20H engine from the contemporary Legacy GT. Feel free to chime in, dear Subaru-connoisseurs.

And then there was this. I’ve got a feeling it might be the CC-crowd’s favorite.

Live wagonlyfe to the max…

…with this 1997 Nissan Stagea RS Four. There’s a turbocharged 2.5 liter inline-six engine under the hood of this AWD wagon. Registered maximum power output 280 DIN-hp.

Ah, the face of a gentle giant.

1981 Toyota Land Cruiser 60-series (as introduced in 1980) with a naturally aspirated, 4.0 liter inline-six diesel machine. Just 105 DIN-hp, but most likely it will last till eternity and beyond.

Next episode: a plush Nissan, dressed in black.