Toyota 4 x 4

I have a few Toyotas (about 20) in my collection. Toyotas are renowned for their reliability and their indestructibility. Here are three of my Toyota 4 x 4s : a Tacoma (Matchbox), RAV 4 (Majorette) and 4Runner (Matchbox). The Matchbox Tacoma has a lot of detail at the back, but it has blackened out windows,…

Acura (Honda) NSX

The Acura NSX showed that the Japanese could create a mid engined supercar to compete with the German Porsches and Italian Ferraris and Lamborghinis. In 1984 Honda commissioned the Italian car designer Pininfarina to design the HP-X (Honda Pininfarina Xperimental), from which evolved the NS-X (New Sportscar eXperimental). I collect JDM models, but the Hot Wheels Acura…

Turning Japanese

In the sixties in UK, as I first started recognising cars, Japanese cars were something of a novelty. The Daihatsu was the first Japanese car imported but the cost of shipping meant it had to compete with more powerful local cars like Vauxhall Vivas and Ford Cortinas. Then shortly after came the small Honda cars,…

Japanese Makes : Subaru and Mazda

Having blogged about my Toyotas, Nissans and Hondas. I felt I should look at the other Japanese marques in my collection. Here are my Subarus, the marque for rally drivers and wannabe rally drivers: an Impreza from Kinsmart, also Imprezas by Majorette, Hot Wheels and Matchbox, a police Legacy (DeAgostini)  and a Hot Wheels WRX STi…

Honda

The only Japanese car I owned in real life was a Honda Civic, unfortunately I fell asleep driving it on the M1 and met the safety barrier on the central reservation. I was unhurt but the car had to be written off. I would love another Honda. I have five diecast Hondas. Here are three:…

Datsuns and Nissans to Infiniti and beyond…

The Datsun 240Z was the first Japanese sports car I saw which had a serious wow factor. There were other Japanese Sports cars at the time: the Honda S600 was cute but had a tiny engine and there was the Toyota 2000GT which was as rare as hen’s teeth in the UK, I still haven’t seen a…