CC Outtakes: T87’s Singles Collection (June-August 2023) – Part 1: Japanese Cars

Hey there, CCompadres, it’s been a while! T87 went on a looong (and long overdue) holiday back to ye olde Europe – a real holiday, sans laptop – hence the radio silence over the past few weeks. I came back with a bunch of goodies to share with you good people, so it wasn’t a total loss. First item on the agenda though: the traditional Tokyo traffic finds prior to my vacation. And we’ll start by putting the bar sky-high with a Toyota 2000GT. Bam!

And we’ll cool it right down with a Sprinter Trueno AE92 – albeit a very well-preserved one.

The even more humble 1990-94 Corolla II L40 (a.k.a Tercel, to many of you) is not that common a sight in its home country. Its 4-door Corsa variant seems to have had more of a following.

That’s it for the Toyotas, strangely enough. Mazda sightings were a bit more interesting, starting with this Fast’n’Furious-style RX-7, if you catch my Tokyo Drift.

I just find these old Porters irresistible. The wide-eyed face. The baby blue hue. The sheer teeny-tininess of the whole thing.

And this one has been restored to near perfection, so it looks like I’m not the only one to have a thing for them.

This T87 Singles edition’s first Subaru, a 1999 Impreza Casa Blanca, is brought to you by “Yechhhh”.

This T87 Singles edition’s second Subaru, a late model Sambar kei van, is brought to you by “Whaaa?”

A couple of interesting Suzukis crossed my path. This is the first of these early FWD Cervos (1982-88) I’ve seen here. The Mighty Boy pickup variant is somewhat more popular it seems, and judging by that tiny rear hatch, that makes sense.

When is a 3rd gen (1998-2018) Jimny not a Suzuki? When it’s festooned on all sides with John Deere logos, that’s when. No idea what the deal is exactly, nor why this particular make and model was elected to be Deerified so.

I’ve been wondering what the last non-truck Isuzu was in Japan. It’s not 100% clear what the answer is, but these second-generation Bighorns (1991-2002) are a good candidate.

Fancy Irmscher variants were issued, too. Strange to see that name attached to an old Japanese SUV.

Onwards to the Hondas. Driving an NSX is no way to stand out of the crowd in Tokyo. But a bright yellow NSX? Yeah, that’ll work.

I have a serious thing for these S800s. I found one sitting still just a few weeks ago, so I’ll get a chance to wax lyrical on these at some point, but it wasn’t quite as nice as this one. The best is the enemy of the good…

I’m starting to see a few of these new Mitsuoka SUVs about, mostly in garish colours or two-toned. This was the first all-black one I caught, and Buddy, it really suits you.

This is only the second Orochi (2006-14) I’ve seen in the Wild East here. Always a bit of a shock. And this one had a bunch of weird decals, to boot.

All in all, the condition of the car was pretty scruffy. It doesn’t necessarily show all that well in the photos, except on that rear grille, which is clearly starting to rust out. Some Mitsuokas have a hard life.

This Mazda-based 1st gen Himiko (2008-18), on the other hand, looks to have led a more pampered existence.

Not sure what the deal is with that pseudo-British plate, but hey, to each their own.

Just one Mitsubishi to report in this edition, but it’s kind of a weird one: in Japan, the 1991-96 Diamante was sold as the Sigma. And you could order them with goofy ‘70s-style fender mirrors, too.

Let’s see what treasures Nissan has in store for us this time. If you think the standard-issue Rasheen is a bit too plain and common, then you can spice it up with an aftermarket grille and round headlights while you get it painted a daring shade of blue. Who needs a new car when you can just reinvent old ones for a fraction of the cost?

Is this another Fairlady ZG? It’s not the same one as the one I wrote up last year, that’s for sure. Thing is, I can’t tell a real one from a fake. It’s like ‘70s Skyline GT-Rs – too many sightings to all be kosher.

This, on the other hand, definitely is the same C210 Skyline I wrote up back in January. Still ugly as sin, but the frilly curtains get me every time.

In terms of Skyline saloons, I much prefer the R30 that followed. Speaking of which, here’s a fine early model example of one.

As some of you may have picked up by now, I’m not keen on mods and customs. But this slightly lowered and rimmed gen 2 (1991-96) Cima actually had a pretty bad-ass look to it. Yakuza Chic.

What tops a Cima? A mid-to-late-‘80s President 250 Sovereign, that’s what.

And finally, something we might not have had on CC before: an amphibious bus. Because why not? It weighs 13 tons, sits 38 passengers and wades in the water at 6 knots.


See you tomorrow for the (somewhat larger) foreign car portion of this post.