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Visiting the Toyota Historical Garage. Tokyo.

If you ever visit Tokyo there is place that you have to hit, the Toyota Historical Garage. Is very easy to reach, just take a train to the island of Odaiba and stop in the station with the same name. The are so many other things to do in the island, mainly all them related with having fun and enjoy with your family in case you have kids.

But  today were are here for cars. The museum is located inside the Shopping Mall in front of Toyota MegaWeb. That Shopping Mall has its singularity as you can walk your pet inside, the do shopping with your pet. But being back to the museum I have to say that is free admission and you are free to take photos if you want to re-visit every time you want when you go back to home. There are three sections, one for shopping, one for scale model exhibition, and the car exhibition. We will see today the car exhibition.

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The first car you spot is that red Jaguar E-Type, fully restored, clean and with the bonnet open to appreciate it well.

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It is a museum is owned by Toyota and has its name on it, but is more like a kind of car history review. With one of the most iconic cars of always.

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This Levin is the second car you spot when entering the Museum, also fully restored and so immaculate. It had about 144.000 km on the clock.

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Some euro rarities are also in the exhibition, from the Renault 4 you see behind this super rare MESSERSCHMITT KR that raced the Mille Miglia back in the time.

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Europe styled scenario for the Fiat 500, probably one of the most popular cars in south Europe in all the times.

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The japanese cars are placed apart, all them together, which creates a superb atmosphere, around you there are the most iconic japanese sport cars ever.

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This is a real Z432, this car was restored by the museum during the last spring. The workshop is inside the museum and your are able to see the technicians working in real time as you will see in some other photo.

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The Toyota 800, the car who has the honor to be the first sports car produced by Toyota.

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Another car very rare to spot in the street or even in the classic meeting is the Mazda Carol, with a very uncommon desing specially in the rear, this car makes you realize how family cars having changing over the years.

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One exotic, the Ferrari Dino. Today one of the most expensive Ferrari ever.

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Toyota created the Toyota 2000 after being successful with the development of the S800, the Toyota 2000 was probably one of the most clean and best designed Toyota’s until today.

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There were also a bit of American history in the museum, the good looking Mustang never gets old.

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Yes, there was a time when Citroën created great, powerful and luxury cars. Yes, it was long time ago.

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This is a 3SGTE engine developed by TRD. Toyota raced that engine on the JGTC Toyota Supra. This was a winning engine.

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On the workshop inside the museum a Cosmo is being restored and almost ready to be in the exhibition. Soon we will be able to appreciated in a closer look.

 

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Close look at the 86

This is not a real post, but is a collection of images of the AE86. One of the most iconic cars in the last decade. After visiting Carland Kyoto I also decided to post this photos, just like a closer look of the Toyota most famous car.

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Is the first time I found that kind of spoiler or visor. Looked like fitted by factory back in the time.

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カーランド AE86 Special Shop

When I was told about a workshop specialized in only AE86 I was a little surprised. But the it just took me about 10 minutes to find some information in internet to know where to go. Carland is not to far from home, maybe just about 10 kilometers so I decided to have a walk.

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When I finally arrived there this photo was the first I see with my eyes, so astonished. You don’t just to see so many AE86 all them together. Don’t even imagine that even here in Japan these old Corolla’s and Trueno’s are all around the streets. Old cars are very difficult to spot in the cities.

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Most of the AE86 in the shop are dressed as usual, panda style body paint and Watanabe’s. Those cars have special buyers, they aren’t cheap, but they are clean and restored until the last corner. So you can imagine that any boy looking for a project is not looking for that kind of AE86.

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Reaching almost the 3 millions of Yen this Red Sprinter Trueno had only 15.000km in its clock. Probably very difficult to find another Sprinter with such a low mileage at any place.

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This levin was probably my favorite. Volk TE37’s and coupe version.

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They were shooting some cars for some advertising and as cars are ready to be sold.  So I had the opportunity to heard them running.

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The workshop is so small, but the level of experience and the attention to the detail in this AE86 specialist is so high.

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This corner is like the waiting room. Some cars still waiting for a new life, new paint and of course a super update to be able to use it as daily driven everyday if you want.

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As said before the panda style body paint and the Watanabe’s are the common. I am sure many Initial D fans around their 30’s are so glad driving them.

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That special Home Van make me laugh, this shop is in love with the AE86 that anything related to the Levin is welcome here.

Visiting KTM, Total Care Service

KTM is a small car service located in Kumiyama, Kyoto. Very small garage but a very passionated owner.

Currently racing an Alfa 156 and Civic EG6, this guy was racing AE86’s from his youth. I had the opportunity to visit the garage and spoke the owner. Also I took a bunch of pictures of an AE86 in the making.

I was very tempted for the Civic as is for sale but is still no time to buy car, I should carry on with my japanese studies and also try to translate my driver license before.

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Levin Spot

As always, old school cars aren’t easy to spot in a normal day here. Maybe the many AE86 in meeting but the reality is very much different.

Spotting an AE86 is always nice, normally you hear an exhaust before it comes and then usually is late to get the camera ready.

I had wrong ISO setup on the camera so sorry for the noise photo, but anyway here are the shots.

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