Land of the Rising Sun-Day: Battle of the "supo-tsu sedan"

Two brilliant cars, two brilliant replicas

I always lust for the '80s and '90s cars, especially sedans. Surely they receive a lot of flak for being boxy, and boring, but they look so much better in my eyes than the current crop of automobiles. Credit where it's due, those modern cars are much more efficient and safe than those boxes on wheels, but they do not have the same charm, the same indicators of decades of careful, progressive evolution (Looking at the Sonderklasse W140, and then W220). Among the '90s Japanese saloons, there are two cars that I particularly lust after, for no obvious reason apart from the way they look; One is making an appearance in white in this post.

If only TLV used the other wheel design, and the stock grille.

If only TLV used the other wheel design, and the stock grille.

The JZX100 Chaser was a part of the X100 triad of RWD saloons, a family that ran back to the late '70s. The Chaser of this generation, as well as the Mark II sibling, found fame in the form of drifting machines, and most examples in Japan are modded to a great extent. Still it is hard to beat the stock Tourer V, with the impeccable 1JZ-GTE unit bolted to the front.

The other guest for the day belongs to the '00s. I prefer its '90 / early '00s brethren, the CL1, but the CL7 remains to be one of the finest ever front drive sedans to come from Japan. Just ask "Gan-san". Those who are familiar with the "ojisan" will know how difficult it is to get that man to praise a car, and then there is the CL7 Euro-R. By the way, if anyone is interested, here is the review for Chaser by the same group of madhatters. (No sub, unfortunately)

With the internal combustion engine slowly beginning to fade away into the oblivion, and car design direction making similar designs move farther and farther away, these two incredible machines will become more and more nostalgic.

These two gentlemen would like to have a word with you about the bygone days of motoring.

These two gentlemen would like to have a word with you about the bygone days of motoring.

Rear detailing is absolutely gorgeous

Rear detailing is absolutely gorgeous

Absolute props to both Inno64 and TLV (oh, what a surprise, lol) for creating these two beautiful replicas. The Chaser is an absolute unicorn (finding one now is very hard, and those on sale fetch almost twice the retail average). However, as usual, Tomytec has left the installation of spoiler and the sunroof air deflector to the buyer, and that is a definite no for me. Wish they actually fitted the spoiler, and the rear airdam. That said, the stock rear looks pretty decent as well.

Inno64 delivers one punch after another lately, and the stock Euro - R is one excellent example. There is barely anything that you would want to change in this, and both brands do an excellent job with the finishing department as well. Details are spectacular as usual. The Euro R gets the mirror inserts as well, and surprisingly rolls too. A perfect home run.

There was a sudden guest appearance from a distant cousin.

Not sure if Crown will also join the Chaser in automotive heaven, at least in saloon form.

Not sure if Crown will also join the Chaser in automotive heaven, at least in saloon form.

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