2007/12/11

The Sekine Collection

Last weekend "The Sekine Collection" of classic and sports cars were on display in front of "Cheerio" shopping mall in Kashima City.

The oldest car on display was a 1908 Ford Model T.


Three Datsuns (now Nissan) from 1935, 1950, and 1952 looked very "basic" and were quite a contrast with the high quality cars we associate with Japan today.

Several German and British cars from the 30's to 50's rounded out the collection.


Another interesting car was a white 1967 Mazda Cosmo, the first car to have a two-rotor rotary engine. A luxury touring sports car, they were built by hand at the rate of only one car per day.

There was a yellow 1968 Toyota 2000 GT, which has a beautifully sculpted aluminum body. The type was featured in the James Bond film "You Only Live Twice". Only 337 were built.


Perhaps the most beautiful car there, to my eye anyway, was a red 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV. "Miura" sounds like a Japanese name, but the car is actually named for a ranch in Spain where fighting bulls are bred.

I associate a funny TV commercial with this car. In 1971, singer/actress Sandy Duncan did 3 very popular bank commercials in which she played a teller who has a Greek customer with a difficult name to spell - Yannis Papadopoloulos - (he had to spell his name for her every time he came in). In the last commercial he is buying a car:

"Mr. Papadopoulos! What can I do for you today?"
"I am here to get new car loan."
"Oh that's great! What kind of car are you going to buy?"
"A Lamborghini Miura."
She gives him a puzzled look and he starts spelling it for her
"L-A-M-B-O-R......"

So, for you car buffs out there, here is a slide show. Sorry Porche fans, but I didn't get individual pictures of the Carreras there, except for one. Those cars just don't appeal to my aesthetic sense.

9 comments:

Don Snabulus said...

The older Datsuns, Mazda, and Toyota were a real treat and something seldom seen in the United States of Narcissism.

Thanks for showing them.

nzm said...

The '59 190SL has my heart - I've always had a soft spot for older Mercedes, especially the Pagoda and the Gullwing.

Pandabonium said...

Snabby - glad you liked seeing them. I found them all very interesting from a historical perspective. You could see the evolution of Japan's economy in the cars they produced.

NZM - Those cars were very cool. There was a Gullwing in my neighborhood when I was a kid. That was the 300 SL I think. The pagodas were the follow on, 230 to 280 SLs. Somehow the cars of the 50s and 60s had much better lines than later models - in most countries - which became very angular in an attempt IMO to look "modern".

The Moody Minstrel said...

Ah...works of automotive art from the days when cars were designed with love by people with imagination rather than computers.

ladybug said...

Those were nice! I tend to favor the 1936 Datsun, the Sunbeam Talbotand the 1945 Riley. The 1935 Rolls was nice too.

I think it's because I like the 30's and 40's the best...especially in terms of clothing!

Folkwear has some cool retro styles
http://www.folkwear.com/retro.html

I have the "Sporty Forties" Dress & Sweater and "Rosie the Riveter" patterns. I want to get the "1930's Day Dress", but I really need to make time...to make them!

I also have 2 out-of-print 1930's Vogue patterns, can't find a image now of them....

Pandabonium said...

Ladybug - the Sunbeam is a cool looking car. I agree about fashion back then. I have a picture of my mother from just before WWII - nice skirt, jacket, hat - I was amazed the first time I saw it, since it was just like you'd see in movies of that time.

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