Goo-Net: Best Kei Ever Edition

I have not made my love of the Mitsubishi Minica Dangan ZZ-4 a secret here. It's a monster. The combination of a 660cc 3-pot with 5 valves per cylinder that revs to 9500 rpm and the computer-controlled AWD system that later appeared in the Lancer Evolution stuffed into a car the size and weight of a lunchbox produces… » 9/26/14 10:04pm 9/26/14 10:04pm

Goo-Net: Toyota Mark II GSYes!

One of my favorite Japanese nostalgic (it's a Japanese car, they aren't classics, they're nostalgics) cars is the the second-generation Toyota Mark II. The Mark II is the sportier, more stylish, more luxurious sister car to the Corona. Out of all the second-generation Mark IIs, the most desirable is easily the GSS,… » 7/13/14 3:03pm 7/13/14 3:03pm

Goo-Net: Two more years, and we can be in kei heaven.

Ask most Jalops what the best kei car of all time is, and they'll probably say the Autozam AZ-1 or Suzuki Cappuccino or if they want to sound all super-cool and alternative, the Honda Beat. All these people are wrong. Dead wrong. The best kei car of all time (old 2-stroke rear-engine Guigiaro-bodied Suzuki Cervo… » 7/13/14 1:23pm 7/13/14 1:23pm

Found on Goo-Net: PMC.YES Edition

When it comes to vintage Skylines, everybody wants the Hakosuka and Kenmeri GT-Rs, but this here is where the legend started: the Prince 2000 GT-B. It's a classic factory hot rod, a car built for racing by a bunch of dedicated engineers within the company working after hours to show what they could do on the racetrack. » 6/24/14 12:34am 6/24/14 12:34am

Goo-Net: It's like a Celica you always have to explain

Today's Goo-Net find is a 1974 Toyota Carina GT. The Carina of the 70s was the Celica's platform-mate, being the slightly more upscale, sportier alternative to the Corona. They usually had 4 doors, and because of this they tend to be thought of as a Celica sedan, but the one featured here is the fairly uncommon 2-door… » 6/06/14 7:51pm 6/06/14 7:51pm

Goo-Net Gold: Possibly the last unmolested AE86

Finding an AE86 that hasn't been modified into a nearly unrecognizable state is difficult, especially when looking for one in Japan. Hell, finding unmodified used cars in Japan in general is nearly impossible. That makes this car so special. It's an 84 Corolla Levin hatchback, and it's the GT-Apex model (AKA the one… » 3/13/14 5:50am 3/13/14 5:50am

Found on Goo, Why must Mangoes be so expensive?

The TE27 Corolla Levin/Sprinter Trueno is one of those cars you look at and remember that Toyota used to be the least beige of all the Japanese carmakers. While the Corolla now is the perfect car for those people who just want something to get them places without any fuss or stress or excitement at all, back in the… » 2/13/14 5:05am 2/13/14 5:05am

If the Fauxrarri Formula Ugh Motortrike won't sell...

Just make it more expensive, I guess! For those unfamiliar with this particular beast, the Fauxrarri Formula Ugh, as I've come to call it, is this weird mutant trike thing that has been on Goo-net's Japan:Other category for as long as I've been browsing Goo. It was listed at 65 thousand dollars for the longest time,… » 1/29/14 9:14pm 1/29/14 9:14pm

Goo-Net Boner Time: No repaired, Good Buy!

S60 2-door Crown Super Saloons (SUPER SALOON! YOU CANNOT BEAT THAT NAME!) are one of my all-time favorite automotive loves. They may not have the World's Greatest Butt™ like you get on a Crown Wagon of similar vintage, but you still get that super-rad front end, with the too-cool-be-the-afterthought-it-probably-was… » 1/15/14 4:55pm 1/15/14 4:55pm