Showing posts from February 11, 2018

Random # 199: Toyota A70 Supra

This is a third generation, or A70 in official Toyota terms, Supra.  It was therefore manufactured somewhere between 1986 and 1993, and marks the first time that the model diverged from the Celica on which the earlier two versions were based.  When the two lines split, the Celica changed to front-wheel drive while the Supra, which had always been fitted with a larger six-cylinder motor, retained the front engine, rear-wheel drive configuration previously common to both.

The car featured here, seen in Tasmania's capital city of Hobart, was in great condition and was nicely modified, too.  It was fitted with a very tasteful set of five-spoke alloy wheels, slotted brake rotors, Brembo calipers and what appeared to be an after-market exhaust system.  

Supras were considered to be sports / GT vehicles and this one, fitted with a turbo-charged 3.0 litre engine, would easily fit that category.  Although there were European vehicles in that class available in Australia during the late 80s a…

Random # 198: HZ Holden Premier

This HZ Holden Premier, photographed in inner-city Hobart on a gorgeous summer's day, was absolutely original, with no signs of modification, repaired crash damage, rust or anything but the lightest wear and tear.  The only deficit was the passengers' side rear door was missing the plastic strip that prevents door-to-door damage when parked beside other vehicles.  

Being a Premier, the car featured up-market extras like quad quartz-halogen headlights, front and rear bumper over-riders, fancier hubcaps and extra badging.  Inside, there were velour-trimmed bucket front seats, a T-bar auto shifter and a full console, as well as a higher-spec radio / cassette player.

The HZ was the last of a series of large six cylinder and V8 vehicles that included 1971 - 74's HQ, the HJ of 1974 - '76 and the HX, with a production run that spanned 1976 - 77.  The manufacture of HZs ended in 1980.  

All models from the HQ to the HZ shared the same basic body and range of variants (sedans, cou…