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Forgotten 70’s and 80’s Japs

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On 2/12/2020 at 11:31 AM, sierraman said:

Did they actually sell the 929 coupe in the U.K.? As in the funny looking one from about mid 80’s? 

My grandparents street always had loads of old batteredJapanese tin, the guy across the road had one of those 323’s with the round headlights in seventiestastic gold. 

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I found one in the scrappies a few years back, bit of a mess but a very cool interior

(edit) just noticed this one is LHD 

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8 hours ago, Tamworthbay said:

Celeste? I nearly had one as my first car but it was sadly terminally rotten. Always wanted one.

Yeah Celeste 2000GT, was a pretty decent car overall.

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6 hours ago, gtd2000 said:

Yeah Celeste 2000GT, was a pretty decent car overall.

I am truly jealous, the one I nearly bought belonged to mate who was a year older than me. I had been in it loads and learnt to drive in it on Asda car park. I have only seen one in the last twenty years, an immaculate red one owned from new by an elderly couple who were very surprised that I recognised it. I periodically look them up on eBay but they seem to have completely disappeared.

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1 hour ago, Tamworthbay said:

I am truly jealous, the one I nearly bought belonged to mate who was a year older than me. I had been in it loads and learnt to drive in it on Asda car park. I have only seen one in the last twenty years, an immaculate red one owned from new by an elderly couple who were very surprised that I recognised it. I periodically look them up on eBay but they seem to have completely disappeared.

I was extremely lucky with mine, it was honestly in perfect condition and totally rust free.

When I bought mine, I was in the army and I'd returned to Germany from Canada (BATUS).

I'd actually seen the car advertised on the noticeboard at the Roundhouse (Bergen Hohne) before we went to Canada and was very pleased to see that it was still up for sale.

Turned out it was a female Major that owned the car and she only generally used it for trips back to Inverness, as she had a staff car. It looked in pretty poor condition with more green than silver and an interior covered in mildew!

I cleaned the car up myself and it honestly looked brand new. A few of my mates asked if I'd just bought a new car?

The Celeste was really just a Japanese Capri with more show than go but it was a lovely car to drive and proceeded pretty well on the Autobahn with an indicated 126MPH being the top speed. I'd regularly sit at an indicated 120MPH without any drama. 

The car was absolutely reliable but it definitely needed much better brakes, they were pitiful to be honest!

I had dreams of fitting a Starion engine but that was a simple pipe dream.

I did see one, for the first time in decades, last year at a garage in Longtown on the way to Carlisle on the A7. It was a green on,e with the earlier inverted L shaped lights.

 

Here's a few of the remaining pics that I have of it.

 

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, Skut said:

My dad always stuck two sacks of gravel in the boot of ours in winter. Reckoned it helped with traction. 

The problem I had with traction was the Firestone Firehawks that were fitted to the car, they were horrific in damp/wet conditions.

Absolutely useless in snow!

On the plus side, they did manage 40,000 odd miles before replacement!

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The bigger Japanese cars seemed look very American until the late 1980s,  though normally a few years  behind style wise.  The Datsun Gloria still had early 1970s coke bottle sides at the end of the decade.

Oddly most of the bigger Japanese cars weren’t sold in the USA at this time.

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