Modern Art Monday – Hello Camry Edition

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for making a car feel like your own. A cocoon shaped from sheetmetal and glass, it’s a place made for spending time, and you should feel comfortable in it. A car of your own should also reflect your values, your interests, your taste; it should stand for what you believe in when it comes to transport.

And then there’s this 1987 Toyota Camry. There’s no way to sugarcoat it: it’s completely decked out in pink fluff and Hello Kitty merchandise inside. The theme does not only extend to seat covers and whatnot; the whole dash and all plastics have been painted pink. It looks like the entire Japanese popular culture has been carsick in it.

Make the jump to see it in all its overly cutesy glory.

I first became aware of this maelstrom of meow when I saw it being advertised for sale, for a thousand EUR. With 366 000 km on the (pink) clock, it was offered for sale with the possibility to convert it back to stock by taking necessary parts from a parts car. I do not know if anybody jumped at the offer; the ad has expired, the car still stands the way it was advertised and nothing has been done to the cabin, except for possibly making it worse. I also believe nobody than the original seller could bear to be seen in it.

There are numerous faults on the car, according to the ad. Some starting issues persist, the electric windows play up and the winter tires are only adequate.

As well as being rather rusty, the car also seems to have a cracked windshield that may or may not cause problems at inspection. However, the ad mentioned that the aforementioned parts car would be thrown in.

= “Blonde Behind the Wheel”

I especially like/loathe the ubiquitous pink having made its way even on the rusty tow bar beam. The bike transporting rack hasn’t gotten a pink hue, though.

So, how do you feel about this purr-sonalized Camry? Do you want to cuddle it, or stuff it in a bag and throw it in the river?


[Images: Copyright 2012 Hooniverse/Antti Kautonen | Interior pic]

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