Isuzu Gemini - 1985

Isuzu Gemini

A very popular taxi cab in Manila, however it is used as private vehicle by some companies in Philippines due to its very economical diesel engine.  Isuzu cars like Gemini are known with tough quality body and engines, since it was made in Japan, its parts are very common and sure quality are proven. Isuzu Gemini was a compact sedan car first release to the market in the year 1974 with four door and two door sedan and coupe style, the first of its engine was called PF50 and later it comes with 1.8liter and diesel engine PFD60.

Isuzu Gemini was also common in Japan, Isuzu designed a version of sports feature named Isuzu Gemini ZZ/R, this is equipped with Isuzu G180W 8 valve Engine with fuel injection.

In 1980 – 1985, the well-known Isuzu Gemini reached on its top sales in Philippines. Commonly it was use for taxi cabs from huge taxi companies in Philippines, also traders and companies takes an advantage of having this cars because of its diesel engine and can save gasoline cost. Spare parts of Isuzu Gemini and all other Isuzu cars are not difficult to find in Manila. In proven time, Isuzu Gemini was very tough that its models could not get obsolete in due time. In competition with other taxi cab cars in Philippines, till date Isuzu Gemini leads the role of a model taxi cab that was really a big help for all users and taxi businesses.

1979 - 1988 Mitsubishi Lancer Boxtype

Its a toys for the big boys type of car, Mitsubishi Lancer Boxtype is fun to own because of its very sporty look and can be easily customized by car enthusiast and racers.

The Mitsubishi Lancer Boxtype 1988 was called a second generation Lancer. Mitsubishi Lancer Boxtype Model was marketed in Europe in the name on Lancer EX with turbocharge 4 cylinder engine. A model of Mitsubishi Lancer in Europe was the first lancer to use the 4G63 engine and in the other Mitsubishi series second generation models like Mitsubishi Galand VR4 and Lancer Evolutions.

Mitsubishi Lancer 1979-1988, in Philippines it was popularly known as Boxtype with 3 variants of models like, SL, GSR and GT. Car buyers attract to its new specification of silent shaft engine and because of SL and GSR Variants with very limited models of Automatic Transmissions.  Mitsubishi Lancer Boxtype sales in Philippines was stop because of its new model also known as the fifth generation lancer cyclone and the first front wheel drive of Mitsubishi sedan.


Mitsubishi Lancer Boxtype made started in Japan in the year 1979.  It was distributed with entirely new designed engine compared to previous Mitsubishi lancer models and using the new carburetors system equipped with MCA (Mitsubishi Clean Air Engine) passing the US and Japan emission standards. In addition, Mitsubishi Lancer boxtype had improved with its engine noise and vibration for smooth driving experience.

Ford Cortina 1982

It was then one of the popular car in Philippines during the time of President Marcos. Ford Cortina was imported to Philippines during 1982 considered as small family car in Great Britain, however in Philippines it is considered as big sedan car.

The Ford Cortina was sold to mass market extremely well, it was common to Europe but not in other Asian countries, it was proposed to be distributed in Philippines because of the Spanish influences.

Ford Cortina can accommodate tight maximum passengers for more than 5, and its compartment capacity can accommodate at least 4 large luggage. During 80’s most of this vehicles are used to steel materials by private organizations and even human beings can hide to its huge compartment.

The Ford Cortina was produced in five series models named from Mark I to V (1 to 5) and later the last model was named as Ford Cortina 80. In Europe, Ford Cortina’s design was similar to Ford Taunus where in America it is named as Ford Taurus. Some Body parts are shared by this two models on the market. The Ford Cortina models and variants was sold for over a million amount, some car enthusiast treated Ford Cortina as an extinct model. The Ford Cortina name was inspired by Italian name Cortina D Ampezzo which is a town in Southern Benito in Italy.

The Ford Cortina 1982 is a sudden change in both body and engine, it was adjusted with fuel economy and improvement of power output, full options was also in range market for 2.3V6 Engines and given with electronic ignition. For its body, rust proof where applied to make it a lot better than the old Ford Cortina body variants.

In 1982, the Ford Cortina was Great Britains second best selling vehicle and very popular of large family car. Although today Ford Cortina’s existence to Asian Countries had disappear  but in Europe it is now under the ownership of Ford Heritage.

Nissan California - 1989 Model

During the late 90s Nissan California was very popular in Philippines because of its sporty wagon design. Nissan California released and named first distributed in North America in competition with wagon sedan American Cars. Nissan California was the only wagon offered in fastback version in relation with Nissan Sunny or also known as Nissan Sentra in Asia.

Nissan California was the extended Sedan Boxtype version from Nissan Sentra. It was launched during 1966 as Datsun 1000 and later the production ends and distributed as Nissan Sentra and a version of Nissan California.

Nissan California and Nissan Sentra is also known in USA and in Mexi co it is named as Nissan Tsuru.

Nissan California is a compact model line and larger than Nissan March but not as big as Nissan Bluebird or Nissan Maxima. Although Nissan California has no latest version, Nissan Sentra was produced continuously and still very competitive these days. Nissan California 1989 uses Nissan A engine. In Japan Nissan California is a very special model named Sunny California, and its market target was a private buyers and competition from family vans, because vans are usually designed in long back seat in Japan, Nissan California is design to make passengers more comfortable seating in a luxury car sedan.

Usual Nissan California owners in Philippines was a private group or families, Nissan California wagon attracts Philippine buyers because of its compact sporty wagon design and simple size sedan size not like bigger wagons in USA.

Mercedes Benz 240-D (1974)

The Mercedes-Benz, a very popular, luxurious and Obsessive Car Brand. The Mercedes-Benz were introduced in Philippines after the Americans reduced their imports of American cars, one of the successful market car distributed was the Mercedes-Benz 240d were as popularly known in Europe as W115 models.

These models are a series of coupes and sedans introduced in the year 1968 by German Car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz, and a series of production and distribution to the whole world till 1976 with names designed printed on the Engines.

Mercedes-Benz 240D also known as W115 models specified with 4 cylinder engines and distributed in a model series from 200, 220, 230 and 240. All of those Mercedes-Benz were features as a three box design or popularly known in Asia as sedan box type vehicle. Later the Mercedes-Benze designs were given categories with S-Class.

Mercedes-Benz 240D models are part of Mercedes-Benz market as a new model range or cars “New Generation Models” which started in 1968. Major changes in designs was made including the bug type designed and bat type tales were removed and made as furnished trunks with light colors. For Mercedes-Benze ID plates mentioned start No. “8” due to their introductory models in 1968.


The Mercedes-Benz / W114/W115 designs were the first production of Mercedes-Benz with the newly engineered chassis of semi training rear arms and ball joints front end. It was used then in all new Mercedes-Benz passenger design vehicles before the upgrade of the multi-link rear suspension that started in 1980’s. However, even 80’s has passed, still so many car enthusiast use this sedan because of its comfort and simple design with tough suspensions.

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class Chassis would be the last design with low-pivot swing axle and king pin wishbone front ends. The same as Mercedes-Benz Saloon car series the Mercedes Benz 240D boosted with advance innovation. In the series of year models of Mercedes-Benz D240 was developed with D-Jetronic fully electronic fuel injection system, also the center console where shown with ribbed taillights. Later Mercedes-Benz D240 coupe models are also introduced in the market with 6 cylinder engine and in some countries like Argentina Mercedes-Benz 220D was uncommonly made as pick-ups.

Toyota Corolla DX - 1982 Boxtype

Toyota Corolla 1982 DX - Boxtype

Fourth Generation (E70)

Toyota Corolla DX 1982 Model is a major restyle made for South East Asian Countries, it was redesigned in March 1979 (square edged design) or a competitions with Mitsubishi Lancer and now a Toyota Corolla DX Boxtype. Toyota Corolla’s common design was a simpler treatment of the grill with headlamps and rear lamps edge style. Toyota Corolla DX made with a new A series engines for the range a complete change and for the series of models to come. This was the last model to use the K and T series engines.

History of Toyota Corolla

Toyota Corolla models are in line of subcompact and compact sedan cars manufactured by Japanese Company Automaker Toyota. Toyota Corolla models become very popular in the whole world since it was tagged introduced in 1966. For the Past 40 years Toyota Corolla models is sold for an average of 1 per 40 seconds, every series are made for new and several redesigns. The name of Corolla is a part of Toyota Motors tradition of naming cars as Crown. Corolla is a latin name for a small crown.

Toyota Corolla models are manufactured in Japan and in several countries distributed or assembled in neighboring countries like Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Pakistan, China and India, most common assembly Toyota cars are in Taiwan, Thailan and United Kingdom. Production in United States was ended in March 2010.

Toyota Corolla’s early models were mostly rear wheel drive and later models are in front wheel,
customize models are also made with 4 wheel drives. The first generation of Toyota Corolla was introduced in 1966 with the new 1100cc engine and later where redefined as Corolla Sprinter in 1968. The Second Generation Toyota Corolla was made in the year 1970 with E20 engine restyled with more rounded body and the newly introduced 1400 cc T and 1600 cc 2T OHV engine were added to the range. The Toyota Corolla Third Generation was introduced in  April 1974 with more rounder, bigger and heavier structur. The range was rounded out with the addition of a two-door hatchback.

Ford Laser 1982


Release Date: Jan-1981

Max. Power: 54kW
Power to Weight Ratio: 15.93:1 kW/kg
Fuel Consumption: City(8L/100km), Hwy(5.6L/100km)
Dimensions: L(3960mm), H(1375mm), W(1630mm)
Towing Capacity: Brake(500kg)
Turning Circle: 9.2m

Ford Laser is compact car sedan release in the market by Ford in Asia, South America and Africa. Ford Laser has been manufactured to some other markets with convertible options and pick-up versions.

The 1982 1.5s Sports Edition, Ford Laser Hatchback was Ford’s Sports Star that captured the magic of Ford’s performance, value and competition.

Ford Laser 1982 features are equip  with low profile radial ply tires, 5J steel wheels, sports handling suspension that included a front stabilizer bar and upgraded shock absorbers, 5-speed manual transmission, halogen headlamps, the unique black color design and body side molding, Super graphic body-side stripe, power mirrors and power door locks, front mudguard, skirt design guard, locking petrol cap, sport fell steering wheel and gear shift, 3-point armrest, driver’s foot rest, unique sports interior with black cloth trim and red stripping, deeply contoured separate fold-forward rear seats with recline and adjustable head restraints, automatic return memory on front passenger seat, tachometer, full center console, cut pile carpet, heated rear window and heater with side window demister.

1979 Mitsubishi Celeste

The first and most Asian sporty vehicle that I ever seen during 80’s, because of its 2 long door specification and hatchback with rear blinds sporty spoiler, pinoy teens use this as their proud asset to impress girls (“Daming Napasagot Nito”). Mitsubishi Celeste is a redefined vehicle and complemented by liftback coupe in the concept of Mitsubishi Lancer.

During 1980’s with the succeeding Mitsubishi Galant FTO that was also named as new Model of Mitsubishi Celeste or aka Colt Celeste in some markets; it was sold as Mitsubishi Lancer Coupe in Australia,  Mitsubishi Lancer Celeste in USA and Mitsubishi Arrow in Canada.

The Mitsubishi Celeste was originally available with 1.4  and 1.6 liter options, while a bigger 2.0 liter model was added in the latest models of 80’s. An even larger 2.6 liter four was available in USA in competition with Plymouth.

The Mitsubishi Celeste was face lifted in 1979, receiving shark front square headlights and bigger squarer bumpers. Production of the Mitsubishi Celeste and imports in Philippines ended in July 1981 and it was replaced by the front wheel drive Mitsubishi Cordia early 1982. However, because of Filipino enthusiast to Japanese cars they continued to remodel and modify the looks of Mitsubishi Celeste and still in use until today in the resell value at most 80,000php.

Mistubishi Lancer 1976 L-Type

It was my first Dream car when I saw it in my Seaman Ninongs House, I was amazed with its L type rear lamp shape and the dressed up rear rise trunks with spoiler. Mitsubishi Lancer L Type was an upgraded type of the first Mitsubishi Lancer A70 1973 Model.

In L Type Mitsubishi Lancer models received a facelift and creating the L-shaped/upright rear lamps in favor of wide rectangular units. The Front indicators where enlarged and bigger rubber bumpers where made with new redefined engine grilles. This generation gradually became the A140 series in Japan with the introduction of new engine 4G32, the Lancer GSR was designed as A73 until the last generation lancer in spite of having bodywork modifications.

The existence of Mitsubishi Lancer L-Type was the series that emerged in the United States with its market competition to  Dodge Colt for the 1977 model year. It was offered for one more model year before the Dodge Colt name was gradually transferred to the front wheel drive. The competition model series of Mitsubishi Lancer L-type with the other car brands was with the generation of big safety bumpers with aluminum shining skirts. The modified lancer L-type with loud sound exhaust mufflers creates attractions to the public additional impressions to the car beauty and performance.