Precious little visual information exists regarding this car so please excuse the slightly rough images. What is fascinating is that it reminds me of Patrick Kavanagh’s line that “through a chink too wide there comes in no wonder”. The photo suggests enough to let your imagination to just go flying wildly.
If anyone has a brochure for this car it must be worth as much as I am willing to pay. There would appear to be no chance of this model existing in Europe.
Being a Japanese car, the vehicle is the product of Japanese design which we discussed very successfully this year. Finally, the car has a 2.0 straight six engine which means it belongs in the group of the cars that took the road less travelled. According to CC: “This is a fourth generation Laurel (built from 1980-84) and a fairly rare Givenchy edition built only in 1982. As a
special model, it had the top engine offering; a 2.0 L-series (L20ET) fuel injected, turbocharged straight six, good for 145 hp.” Dwell on that, please. That is a Japanese 2.o litre turbocharged straight six petrol engine. From where I am sitting that makes it a bit of a unicorn.
Presumably the turbocharging made up for whatever the configuration lacked if it had been un-blown. For me turbos exist to make up for the inadequacy of a 4-cylinder and is the least bad option (the others being a raised displacement, oddly-spaced gearing or supercharging). I will leave this to our resident enginologists to discuss. Remember, I’m not an engineer.
All of this makes the 1982 Laurel a remarkably unusual car: a limited edition with its special paint and upholstery coupled to an engine design which today is almost entirely out of fashion.
I had a quick look for Nissan Laurels and found just two. This 1987 costs €2000 despite having 999,999 km on the odometer. You’ll like the lens flare on the photo below. I wonder is the seller one of those people who creates artist impressions for architecture firms. Doesn’t the 1987 car look a lot like a 1982 Toyota Carina?