We’re long, long overdue for posting this photo (and a lot more) from this year’s Japanese Classic Car Association New Year’s Meeting in Tokyo. We received this photo from an Australian-on-holiday named Ian Hancock, who is a die hard fan of Japanese nostalgic cars, and the owner of a Datsun Sunny himself.
I know that Skylines, Bluebirds, and Sunnies like this one were prime racetrack adversaries for the TE27 (and KE20) Toyota Corollas that I love so much, so the Toyota Motorsports fan in me should force me to boo a car like this, but I just can’t. How could you NOT like this car? I think it looks incredibly awesome – from the works overfenders to the fender mounted aero mirrors, the simple, boxy front chin spoiler, the FRP headlight covers (With vents! Cool!), and the vintage racing livery, which I absolutely LOVE! Why can’t people learn to make their race cars as cool looking as this one? I just don’t get it! Oh, and let’s not forget the wheels… oh hell no, we can’t miss out on the wheels!
A closer look and a skilled eye will tell you that these wheels look like Campagnolos, but they’re not Italian. If you thought they looked like TRD wheels, you are absolutely correct. These wheels are 13×8 TRD wheels, which are super difficult to obtain and expensive as hell; when it comes to the Toyota crowd, these are wheels that people lust over with no question. It must piss off purist Toyota owners to no end that these rare, authentic TRD wheels are being used on a Datsun… but before you get too upset, there’s something you need to know! The Datsun Sunny teams actually did use actual TRD wheels on their cars back in the 1970s, because it was extremely difficult to obtain lightweight wheels in wide 13 inch sizes. Since Toyota Technocraft in Japan decided to actually make these wheels, several of the teams campaigning the Sunny Excellent decided they would use these wheels on their cars, regardless if the rims were made by Toyota or not.
If I had a car like this, you could be damn sure that every day driving it would feel like a sunny, excellent day.
:: Antonio Alvendia