4 March 2015

Diggin' In The Crates - 1970 Toyota Celica A20 Japan Brochure

I'll say it for you: ドリブル, or the nearest I can get to in English, wibble. Thats the reaction I had when I first saw the  big ol' box of Japanese car brochures I won on eBay recently (to put next to the other big boxes of car brochures I have, but hey). There is something about the way they lay out their car literature that makes me feel like a kid in a sweet shop; is it the multiple small images crammed onto one page, the moody looking action shots or seeing versions of regular UK-market Japanese cars that never made it to these shores? Eh, I'm gushing a little, but know this: enjoy the scans of this A20-series Toyota Celica brochure, theres a lot more stuff to come.

- Amazosan

An emergency flare as standard equipment? LIVING THE CELICA DREAM
Two of each please. And make 'em fresh 
Eight tracks and colour-coded bumpers? LIVING THE DREAM

Commercial Break: Norton Commando 750, 1971 (US)

2 March 2015

1950 Ford Coupe - '50 & Counting

Have you ever seen a standard 1950 Ford Custom Club Coupé? If you haven't, you will underestimate the huge amount of work that has gone into this particular car. Nearly every one of the custom tricks that get used on the '49-51 Mercury can be applied to the sister Ford; roof chops, channeling, sectioning, frenching, pancaked bonnets and boots, every combination of side trims, front lights, rear lights... The list is near endless. But this particular car has only a handful of tricks from that vast palette (as the article expands on), yet looks as great as a car where everything has been changed. The emphasis seems to have been on sharpening what was there to start with, and not detracting from what makes a '50 Ford, a '50 Ford. And thats a good thing, in my book.
Underneath is a different matter; more modern running gear has been substituted to make the shoebox a better fit for everyday driving but hey, 9-second quarters aren't what customs are about, right?

- Amazosan

Commercial Break: Triumph Motorbike Range, 1961 (UK)

20 February 2015

Digging In The Crates - Opel Kadett D Brochure, 1982

Decluttering a house is a dangerous pastime. Its should be as easy as 'put old paperwork in bin bags (or shred) then sling in bin'. But, amid all of the old bank statements, phone bills, higher education finance statements, club flyers and old amplifier remotes are the odd gem that have to be teasled out: among other things, obscure car brochures.
This Opel Kadett brochure is one of them; I bought it years ago from a stall at a car show I can't remember, but then promptly stashed it somewhere safe. So safe, I couldn't find it until now, where its been dragged blinking into the harsh light of 2015, and scanned to join the digital age and the perusal of all auto-anoraks everywhere. Enjoy it, but leave room for more, as lost waifs and strays from my personal collection are gradually being reunited and reintroduced to normal society.
A lot more...

- Amazosan

Electra-Glide The View

18 February 2015

T.W.O. - Yamaha TX750 Custom by Motor Rock

The Japanese custom scene is packed full of passionate custom motorbike builders. When you take a look back in time it’s not at all surprising; Triumph, BSA, and Norton held a dominant position in the Japanese motorcycle market, until the rise of the domestic manufacturers (led by Honda) in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Today we take a look at an example of that passion;  the transformation of a Yamaha TX750, built by Motor Rock, a custom motorbike builder based in Nagoya. Builders like Motor Rock don’t just tinker with a few parts; these guys display amazing craftsmanship and skill. Motor Rock is not just into building one-off custom motorbikes; they also manufacture some tasty custom parts, as can be seen on this beauty.
The base for this build was a Yamaha TX750 with an air-cooled, four-stroke parallel twin engine. To begin, they made a one-off frame, loaded with mind boggling custom parts, such as the ribbed and polished oil tank, a one-off part tailor made for the bike. Another example of the craftsmanship is the distinguishing headlight, which was inspired by a Harley V-Rod. Another interesting feature of the bike is that fuel tank, which was hand crafted from scratch, the entire backward arch structure of the tank is amazing. The one-off exhaust system was welded to the frame and fitted with a one-off custom Motor Rock flange, while the number plate has been side-mounted Harley style, sitting right behind is the oil filter. The short handlebars feature Motor Rock 69 switches, a pair of vintage grips and polish levers. The TX750 rolls on 19 inch front and 18 inch rear wheels wrapped in Avon Venom tyres; a progressive rear suspension and a single panel drum brake help this bike to stop.

- Mr Fabulous

Top Trumps Car Of The Day - Datsun 120Y Coupé

16 February 2015

Cortina Savage Estate - Uren Good Company

Words: Amazosan
Pics: Matt Woods

This car should not exist.
Well, not this particular car, just the idea of it. There are several examples of more powerful versions of' cooking' family estates over the last 20 years or so, but in the age that the MKII Cortina estate was designed in, estste cars were lowly people (and luggage) carriers that performed a task and nothing else; it wasn't their place to have equality with their saloon counterparts. And if the MKII Cortina saloon wasn't destined to receive the V6, the estate stood a Vauxhall's chance in hell of getting it.
Enter Jeff Uren, former British Saloon Car Champion and founder of Race Proved Performance and Racing Equipment Ltd. Uren's specialty was stuffing Ford engines in Ford UK cars that Ford UK never planned to. As well as the iconic Savage, they offered conversions for the 3 litre Capri MKI (Comanche), 3 litre Mk1 Escort (Apache), 2 litre MK1 Escort (Navaho), 2.5 litre Cortina MKIII (Cheetah), 3 litre Granada/Consul MKI (Seneca), 5 litre V8 Capri MKI (Stampede) and the 3 litre MKI Transit (Easypower).
Now, approximately 1700 cars of all types were converted (including around 1000 Savages), while the majority of MKII Cortinas converted were 1600E's, GT's and even (gasp) a few Lotus' supplied by customers. The amount of MKII estates converted was minuscule, making this GT estate a rarity within a rarity.
As the eBay description explains, this particular car was was converted for a Mr JL Rogers of Potters Bar, Hertfordshire and was the second to last Mk2 Savage estate built. If that isn't enough to ensure this Savage carrier 'endangered species' status, the length of extras fitted by RaceProved for Mr Rogers will, and they near-doubled the cost of the conversion: Traveller reclining front seats, Weathershields Sunway folding roof, the always-welcome Dunlop D1 wheels, Lucas quartz halogen headlamps and Silver Sabre spot lights. The car was bought by a Savage enthusiast in 2005, who treated it to a full restoration (£45,000!) and added even more period goodies, like uprated leaf springs and vented front discs, but the cherry on the cake is under the skin. The engine was rebuilt by Oselli to their '230' specification: a .60 over rebore to take it to 3.1 litres with a single Weber 40 DFI5 single carburettor, Swaymar exhaust manifolds and a bespoke bespoke stainless steel exhaust system by Chris Tullett have been fitted. This tasty combo drives through a rebuilt Mark 1 Capri gearbox with a 3.09 ratio Capri LSD.
Given the car, the spec, and the work put into it, £24k seems like a relative bargain for this Savage to bring out the beast in you.

- Amazosan

Cold Fury