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A Brief History of the Toyota AE86 Corolla

A Brief History of the Toyota AE86 Corolla

By Petrolicious Productions / 25 Aug 2015 / 1 Comment Read More

For the uninitiated it’s “just a Corolla,” but the AE86 goes by many names. Anime star. O.G. drifter. Hachiroku. Overhyped. AE86 itself is perhaps the nerdiest of them all, named after Toyota’s internal chassis code for the model. Even as recently as a couple of years ago, one could still make the claim that the 1985-97 Toyota Corolla GT-S was unappreciated or underground for most of its life.

Living The 86 Life

Living The 86 Life

By Petrolicious Productions / 25 Aug 2015 / 4 Comments Read More

What happens when your passion bleeds into your day job? For Antonio Alvendia, the choice of this particular Toyota coupe says a lot about who he is—both on and off the clock. “I don’t have two of the same car, I have five of the same car… I’m just kind of a victim of a good deal,” he says.

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A Restored Toyota MR2 That Lives For the Twisties

A Restored Toyota MR2 That Lives For the Twisties

By Petrolicious Productions / 4 Aug 2015
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I have to be completely honest, I'm born of the Fast and Furious generation. I saw the movie as a freshly-licensed 16 year old, and it changed my world for the better—or at least that's what I'd like to think. After that movie, I started scouring the internet researching cars, motorcycles, planes, you name it. I think that's when I found my real love: playing with machines.

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What Made The Datsun 510 Bluebird Coupe So Special?

What Made The Datsun 510 Bluebird Coupe So Special?

By Petrolicious Productions / 21 Jul 2015 / 4 Comments Read More

Nowadays there are few cars from Japan’s Miracle Years that escape the collector’s eye, but long before every grandma’s Toyota Corona or obscure Isuzu was sought for by street tuner and speculator alike, the Datsun 510 stood alone at the forefront of the classic J-tin vanguard.

The Nissan Bluebird is a Little Beast

The Nissan Bluebird is a Little Beast

By Petrolicious Productions / 21 Jul 2015 / 3 Comments Read More

Saying that a car is able to get under one’s skin sounds like an exaggeration, but Nissan enthusiast Troy Ermish has more than a little appreciation for the 510. Ermish says that his love for the model comes down to one similarity between him and his cars: they’re tough.

Racing In The Land Of The Rising Sun

Racing In The Land Of The Rising Sun

By Petrolicious Productions / 17 Jul 2015 / 1 Comment Read More

After joining the world stage in earnest more than 50 years after some other manufacturers, Japanese manufacturers sought to quickly make a name for themselves using a number of different tactics. A reputation for build quality and reliability is likely the most successful of these, but most interesting are the nation’s approach to racing.

A Toyota MR2 That Keeps On Ticking

A Toyota MR2 That Keeps On Ticking

By Petrolicious Productions / 25 Jun 2015
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I bought this 1987 AW11 Toyota MR2 not long after I got my license; I bought it at a point in the mid-2000s where it was just a cheap old sports car—not new enough to generally be desirable, yet not old enough to be cool. Since then, it’s been a faithful and engaging companion.

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Japanese Nostalgic Car’s First True California Touge

Japanese Nostalgic Car’s First True California Touge

By Andrew Schneider / 21 May 2015 / 9 Comments Read More

On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, I joined 20 drivers for 7 hours, winding through one of the most exciting routes I’ve experienced. On that day, Ben Hsu, owner and editor of Japanese Nostalgic Car, brought his dream to life: a true “Touge” rally in Southern California.

5 Reasons To Drive a Nissan 280Z Every Day

5 Reasons To Drive a Nissan 280Z Every Day

By Brendan McAleer / 21 May 2015 / 10 Comments Read More

Very often on this site, we are privileged to see a carefully curated collection. We come across owners who have finally acquired their dream car, and we see this love of iron, steel, and fire bridge the generations. But what about a car that transcends automotive enthusiasm, that needs no translation from Gearhead kanji?

This particular very pretty blue 1977 Datsun-Nissan 280Z is a single-owner car, currently daily driven, belonging to a gent who is not now and never was into cars. It doesn't attend car shows. It doesn't get pampered and spoiled. This Z belongs to Larry Lazzari and no-one else; it's a special bond, and just the kind of thing Yutaka Katayama would have smiled to see.

This Nissan Fairlady 240Z-L Is A Rare Japanese Survivor

This Nissan Fairlady 240Z-L Is A Rare Japanese Survivor

By Petrolicious Productions / 14 May 2015
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I wish I could say I grew up learning how to wrench for my father, but in reality it was very much a self-taught skill. I began my petrolhead ways tinkering with a number of cars. However, a few years in, I began to losing interest in working on modern cars. I found little satisfaction from driving my completed projects and yearned for something more pure. This is when the Datsun 240Z came into my life.

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