Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Cars I've never seen or heard of before, and my reason for attending, the 9th annual Japanese Car Classic in Long Beach

Mazda Capella

Mazda R100

Mazda RX3 SP

Toyota Corolla Levin 1600

Above, an SSS... I can't recall the maker, Below an SSS wagon

above, a Toyota Cressida 4 dr...

Above, a Datsun 1200

a Toyopet Cromo?

a 1959 Datsun 1000

great panel paint

a Bluebird U?


  1. White car, below the Datsun 1200.....

    It's roof lines look very much like a late 60's Barracuda and gradually transforms into the tail end of an early 70's AMC Javelin.

  2. http://www.flickr.com/photos/autohistorian/5586943904/

  3. SSS was an option package, if you will, on the 510 Datsun ; sorta like an SS Impala or Chevelle. It included 2 carburetors, different cam and a tach as I remember. May have been offered on other Datsuns too.[looks like a 410 wagon there]
    That first Mazda there was a car we got in the US with a home market nameplate ; that particular unit may not have been a US car, but the model was available here. Sorta like the Bluebird - a 510 to American residents. The Prince was a prerunner to Datsun as I remember, and toyopet is toyota. Ive never seen that toyota sedan thats obviously copied from a 510 though either. Learn something new every day!

  4. Firstly, thank you for your great blog, I have only recently discovered it.

    Fortunately many of these Japanese cars from the 1960's and 1970's were also sold here in Australia. That's a Datsun 1600 SSS sedan and then wagon in the next shot.

    The white coupe you show with the ducktail spoiler is a Datsun 240K GT.