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The Carchive (In Video!): The 1979 JDM Nissan Stanza

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Once a week we send a note home to warn loved ones of the imminent danger we face, before donning our biohazard gear and venturing into the foetid, toxic quagmire that is The Carchive. While in there we’ll peer into the gloom in the hope that something, anything worth our while will emerge from the murk, whereupon we’ll hose it down and bring it back to the surface to share with the rest of mankind.

Hooniverse has been bombarded by literally zero emails demanding MOAR Carchive Video, so here we go with a second live action helping. All wave your lighters in the air for the jingle after the jump.

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The Carchive: The Honda N-Series

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Time for us to immunise ourselves with protective jabs and machete our way through the poisonous jungle of motoring history, in the hope of maybe finding treasure in a clearing somewhere. Welcome once more to The Carchive.

Sometimes we chance upon a brochure which represents a category of car which sits at an extreme edge of the automotive spectrum. This diminutive brochure for the late ’60s N360, one of the original Kei cars,  is as fascinating as it is flimsy.

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The Carchive (In Video!): The 1986 R31 Nissan Skyline

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Welcome once more to that time of the week where we blow the dust off yesterdays memories only to hurriedly find some way of forgetting them again as quickly as possible. Today we’re trying something a little different.

The Carchive contains a great many worthless priceless documents which, sadly, don’t translate too well into the format we have developed over the years, either because of sheer length (too many pages to photograph and then yammer on about in type, TL;DR) or because of language. The latter point is the case with the wealth of JDM brochures lurking in The Carchive.

So, I figured, if we can’t decipher the words, maybe we can look enjoy the pictures together? Carchive Video is very definitely still in Beta, but lets see if live action brings the pages to life a bit. Welcome to The Carchive, version 2.0.

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The Carchive: ’75 Audi 100

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Once again it’s time for us to don our waders and slurp our way through the thick gruesome soup of motoring past in the hope of fishing something of interest from among the putrid, foetid slurry. Welcome back to The Carchive.

Today we’re heading back a full forty years to see what Audi were doing back when NSU were still a thing. Were they doing anything differently to how they do it today? Have they changed their direction or are they still working towards the same ideals? The car is the Audi 100 (A6 in modern speak).

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The Carchive: TWR JaguarSport in the ’80s

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Later today Greg will treat you with news of the latest and most exciting developments on four wheels. But before that, lets take a chance to wallow in the mud of the past

My recent encounter with the most sharply clawed Big Cat you could possibly imagine sent me raiding The Carchive for Fast Jag artefacts. In no time at all I came away satisfied, clutching a mid ’80s brochure showing what TWR JaguarSport could do for you and your leaper.

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The Carchive: Oldsmobile in 1985

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We’re enjoying a heatwave right now in the UK. After the excitement of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, followed closely by the sheer overwhelmingness of an encounter with a still-active Ford Granada Estate, what better than to sit back and relax in a shady spot with a long, cool, refreshing brochure?

The Carchive has been closed for maintenance for the last couple of weeks, but now the hard hats and reflective jackets have finally been packed away and I can gain access once again. First off the shelf this time was a Brochure for the Oldsmobile line-up of 1985.

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The Carchive: The Skoda 1000MB.

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Libraries are great. Histories and cultures, collected and catalogued for the benefit of mankind. But all too often they have altogether insufficient car content. That’s where The Carchive comes in.

I’ve still got Eastern Europe in my mind after my little trip to Slovakia, so let’s finish the week off with a look at a socialist relic from before that country was divorced from the Czech Republic. It’s the Skoda 1000MB.

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The Carchive: Z20 series Toyota Soarer

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Apropos of absolutely nothing whatsoever, I fancied a look at something a little out of the ordinary from the Orient. I have a particular fascination with certain forbidden fruits enjoyed by the Japanese in their domestic market and after a little rummaging I soon uncovered this document from 1986. It’s one of my favourites. The Z20 Toyota Soarer.

“SUPER GRAN TURISMO SOARER’S ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY FOR ALL AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT”.

Yep, that’s what they say. They’re right, too.

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The Carchive: The 1992 Dodge Collection

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It’s time once again to dive head first into the automotive kitchen dustbin of the past, rummage through the vegetable peelings of time and uncover another lost mouldy potato of history. Welcome back to The Carchive

Last time we pondered on the almost unimaginable grandeur and luxury enjoyed by the owner of a Vanden-Plas 1500. Today we head forward in time to only twenty-three years ago to have a look at what Dodge could offer us in 1992.

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The Carchive: 1960 Volkswagen Trucks Lineup

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Yeah, I’m not Chris, and it’s not a brochure for some obscure thing that can’t be purchased here in the 50 States, but I thought you might be interested in seeing my most recent eBay score regardless. I’m a bit nutty for all things oddball and aircooled, so when this came up on my computer screen, I just had to put in a bid for it. It’s stuff like this occasionally popping up that makes me bookmark the AACA Museum’s eBay store.

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