August 23, 2017

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Carland: AE86 Specialty Shop

A few weeks ago I did a day trip to Kyoto. I took the Nozomi Shinkansen, a fast traveling bullet train. I boarded it in Shin-Yokohama, and after 2 hours and 2 stops I arrived at Kyoto station. The train reached a top speed of 290 km/h or something. That is convenient. The reason for my day trip was the AE86 specialty shop Carland.

It was very hot and humid, but refreshing to see old cars.

The right place for me to check out some of these classic cars. The Sprinter Trueno dominated the grounds and by the look of it, this shop concentrates on the white-black Panda look. A sign, that this is by far the most popular version of the cars. Also this shop is the official builder of the Initial D replica cars.

Official Fujiwara AE86 and Takahashi FC3S from Initial D.

The owner, Tokuchi-san, and his team purchase these cars, restore them and resell. Pretty basic. Of course the cars will receive some of the genuine Carland items on the way, like for example suspension parts, exhausts or radiators.

In come cars like this sad Panda, and out come cars ready to have fun with.

The prices depend on the condition they came in and the amount of restoration that went into. Like some cars still have plenty of rust while other ones are rust free. Let’s have a look at some of the cars.

Sprinter Trueno Zenki Replica

This car was the cheapest car when I visited. It is a Kouki model, but received a Zenki operation. Tokuchi-san explained me that this look is more popular outside of Japan. The price already gives it away. This is not a totally restored car. It still has cancer here and there.

The car was originally red. Received new panels and paint.

I really like the red-black Panda look, therefore it is kinda sad to see most of them being painted white-black at some point. The engine is slightly modified, having TRD spark plug cords and a filter. The team also leaves the original stickers in tact if it has any. The stickers get masked with tape and so the team can paint the car new without damaging them.

Put a Fujiwara Tofu Shop sticker on it and the cosplay is almost done. Aftermarket cup holder may be needed.

The Watanabe RS looks so good on this car. The interior had a single reclinable race seat and the rust was on the underside of the car as well as trunk door and wells. Also this car was involved in a front left accident, which is repaired.

Facts for car #505:

Model
GT-APEX
1985 (Kouki 3 door)
Odometer
123,000km
Transmission
5 speed manual
Features
Air conditioning
Power steering
Original Carland suspension (ride height adjustable)
Camber plates
Roll Center Adapter
Adjustable Panhard rod
tanabe exhaust
Recaro reclinable racing seat (driver)
Nardi steering wheel
HKS Power Flow air filter
TRD spark plug cords
Rectangular yellow fog lights
RS Watanabe 8 spoke, 14 inch aluminum
Price
2,380,000 Yen

The Clean Lightly Tuned Kouki

The next car is a Kouki, and it looks like a Kouki, too. The team did a great job of removing the rust and the young guy who was showing me the cars said that it has practically no rust. Among the cheaper ones on sale, this one had the cleanest frame.

1986 Kouki Sprinter Trueno. Photo © Carland86.com

This car was my favorite. It also had a front left collision at some point, but neither I nor the young staff could spot it, as it was repaired and not visible through the engine bay (blocking parts). A little bit more expensive than the previous car #505.

Very clean looking engine bay.

The corners of the engine bay had no rust and the motor was running smoothly. No blue or black or green or red smoke out of the exhaust pipes while starting and revving. What fascinated me was the interior of the cars. Both of them had full interiors, which I thought would be hard to find these days. And this one is good as a daily: air conditioning, power steering and power windows.

Tinted rear windows were of poor quality, but you can get rid of it at least.

Good to see such a clean rear end. I checked the seals at the driver side door and the trunk and they were nice and smooth. The door areas had no rust. Until now, the claims of the shop kept up.

Looks like a tyre is doing a bad job in hiding.

It was time to check another area which is a famous spot for those cancer tourists: the spare tire area. But before that, let’s enjoy the view of this carpet. Something doesn’t seem right, and the reason is a full sized tire, which got nested in their like a cuckoo.

No worries, it is the sound proofing that looks bad.

The metal areas were in good shape. No rust and no rear collision by my inexperienced eye. I tried to get information about another infamous rusting spot, which is behind the rear bumper, but the young staff told me there is none. I didn’t persist on taking off the rear bumper, so I chose to believe him. With a TRD LSD already built in, it should be ready to go sideways, right? (Sorry, I’m not a drift expert.)

Facts for car #507:

Model
GT-APEX :1986 (Kouki 3 door)
Odometer
205,000km
Transmission
5 speed manual
Features
Air conditioning
Power steering
Power windows (missing in official listing)
Original Carland suspension
Muffler
TRD LSD
Recaro reclinable racing seats (2x)
Nardi steering wheel
APEXi power intake
Cusco tower bar
Yellow HID headlights
Brand new floor mats
Original Toyota rear spoiler
Rays TE37, 14 inch aluminium
Price
2,680,000 Yen

Fancing a black hood?

The next car is also a 1986 Kouki model with a light tuning. The first difference is the black hood - a brand new carbon fibre bonnet. In fact, this car sports different new parts, like the front lip or new wipers.

Panda with black make up.

Another aspect of this car is the modification. Exhaust manifold, suspension and the aero package. The interior had two original seats in the front and the dashboard has a genuine 240 km/h speedometer and a 10,000 rpm tachometer.

HKS pod air filters and TRD spark plug cords?

As already mentioned, a stainless steel exhaust manifold connects a muffler and the engine block. The #507 from earlier didn’t have a camber mod, but this one will give you the ability to control the camber. Too bad the mileage is unknown.

Facts for car #505:

Model
GT-APEX
1986 (Kouki 3 door)
Odometer
unknown
Transmission
5 speed manual
Features
Air conditioning
Power steering
Original Carland suspension (ride height adjustable)
Camber plates
Roll Center Adapter
Adjustable Panhard rod
TRD front stabilizer bars
TRD LSD
Stainless steel exhaust manifold
60mm exhaust pipe
Brand new front lip spoiler
Side skirts
TRD type rear spoiler
Brand new carbon fibre bonnet
Brand new front window wiper combination
HKS Power Flow air filter
Cusco front tower bar
TRD spark plug cords
Momo steering wheel
Genuine cluster (speedometer: 240 km/h, tachometer: 10,000 rpm)
Work EQUIP03, 15 inch aluminum
Price
2,680,000 Yen

Other Cars

There were other interesting cars. Like a rally spec Coupe or a stock GT-V, which had scratches and dents all over the place. But this black wide body GT-V was something. Instead of translating the endless list of modifications, I shall give you a summary instead.

J-Blood wide body and carbon fiber bonnet.

It was a red car originally, but it received a paint job and ready to race treatment. We have full bucket seats and stripped rear. Besides original Carland parts, it also has various Cusco items like master cylinder stopper, tower bar and 6 point roll cage, which is coupled with a 4 point safety harness.

We need more downforce.

TRD is also present in various locations like engine and transmission bushings, short shifter, LSD, stabilizers and 5 speed cross gear transmission mod. This is serious business.

Bronze shoes for performance.

The heart of this car is the AE111 black top with ITB’s and a few relocation kits I think. A car you want to grip and chase times with. The price is 2,800,000 Yen.

I hope you enjoyed this post. I know, I forget to make photos of the cars as I get too excited and instead watch the cars with my own eyes and touch them with my hands. I try to get better with the camera, promise.

Bonus

Here are some more photos from the lot and the interior of the office.

Akagi Redsuns white rotary.
Awesome Mazda Speeds.
You can rent this Fujiwara Tofu Shop car if you want. Great for sightseeing Kyoto.
Models, photographs, magazines and and and and…
The real yellow Carland86 car was not at the shop that day. Instead it was on its way to a car meet I suppose. It was one day before August 6th, Hachiroku Day.
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