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The Cars of Lupin the 3rd
« on: April 10, 2012, 02:19:52 pm »
Hi everyone.

Im new here and a big fan of the lupin series (both manga and anime).
Besides Lupin one of my big hobbies are cars where Lupin and I seem to share an interest.

Right from the start he's been driving great looking and iconic cars and i tought of starting my journey on this forum like Lupin started his in the first season of the anime with cars.

From here on im going to carspot the tv-series starting with season 1 and going from episode to episode and talk a little about the cars Lupin and his companions drive (and only those cars, none of the vilians or Zenigatas car, maby some other time).
Im going to focus on the ordinary cars in the series, no trucks, motorcykles, snowmobiles and such.

So lets kick it of with Lupin the 3rd season 1  episode 1, what does he drive?

Car: Ferrari 312
The subtitle says 321 but its probably just a spelling error.

Ferrari 312 is the name of several different formula ferraris wich had 3 litre v12 engines, but the one lupin races is probably from 1966-1969.
the name 312 was taken from having a 3 litre v12.
The car didnt actually do to well at racing, in 1967 it killed a couple of drivers, injured some others and only managed a 5th place in the Constructors championship, the year prior to that they managed a second place in the same championship and only 4th place in 1968.

Still the car is iconic in formula one.

Mine Fujiko drives a Renault alpine a110 "Berlinette" later in the episode.

Produces by the french racing manufacturer Alpine from 1961-1977 and powered by differend renault engines, the first models with R8 gordini engines delivering 95 horsepowers.
The car was based on the renault R8 modell and came first as a berlinetta and later as a cabriolet.
The car had some real rallying pedigree and was most known for its rally successes in the early 1970's, then with a Renault 16 TS engine with two dualchamber weber carburators producing 125 horsepowers and had a topspeed of 210 km/h.
Considered one of its greatest feats were in 1971 when it won the monte carlo rally with swedish driver Ove Andersson.

This car has showed up on other occasions in the lupin series.

If you find something that wrong ( i might have the wrong car sometime) be sure to tell me so that i can correct it or we can all discuss the matter here.

Hope you enjoy the read, ill be posting the cars from episode 2 soon.


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Re: The Cars of Lupin the 3rd
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2012, 11:54:04 am »
Well here comes the second episode.

Be sure to tell me if theres something of special interest you want to know about the cars in general or their role in the episode?

Enter the classic Mercedes SSK!

Mercedes SSK was the last car designed for Mercedes-Benz by the engineer Ferdinand Porsche before he left to found his own company.
The SSK was based on the earlier Mercedes-Benz S, but chassis was shortened by 48 cm to make the car lighter and more agile for racing, wîth the SSK standing for Super Sport Kurz.
Powered by a supercharged single overhead camshaft 7-7.1 litre straight-6 engine producing 200–300 horsepower (depending on the state of tune), the top speed were up to 190 km/h, making it the fastest car of its era.
The SSK was driven to victory in numerous races, including in 1929 the 500 Miles of Argentina, the 1929 and 1930 Cordoba Grands Prix, the 1931 Argentine Grand Prix, and, the 1929 British Tourist Trophy race, the 1930 Irish Grand Prix, the 1931 German Grand Prix, and the 1931 Mille Miglia
The S/SS/SSK line was one of the nominees in the penultimate round of voting for the Car of the Century award in 1999, as chosen by a panel of 132 motoring journalists and a public internet vote.
During its production span from 1928 to 1932 between 31 to 35 cars were built, of which about half were sold as Rennwagen (racing cars).
Many were crashed while racing and subsequently cannibalised for parts, and as a result there are now almost 100 replicas.
Only four or five entirely original models remain, and their scarcity and rich heritage make them among the most sought after cars in the world

Later on in the episode where the "magician" Piker and lupin duels Piker drops out of his plane (that keep on flying without a driver?) and on to a Buick Riviera GS? (not to sure about this one becous theres no clear shot of it) from between 1966-1967 driven by Lupin.

Possible other candidates is the Oldsmobile toronado or cadillac eldorado from the same yearspan?

The Buick Riviera came onto the market in 1963.
It is not really a muscle car, but it did play a major role in the American automotive industry.
In relation to that time period, Buick’s latest model release was seen as cutting edge and extremely stylish. It was a car that incorporated performance, as well as European styling (may be becous of this that Lupin drives it as he tends to drive exotic european cars).
The Gran Sport or GS models were performance options that were available on the vehicles, and included models such as the Wildcat and the Riviera. A few vehicles were produced that carried the option as a model name.
The Gran Sport option was introduced in 1965, and once again surpassed all expectations in regard to luxury and the cars’ performance.
Buick Riviera Gran Sports, were fitted with a 360bhp engine, a 425 cid and included a Posi-Traction rear end. 
The top speed of the Buick Riviera Gran Sport was approximately 125 miles per hour. Later Riviera models were still GranSport options, but were replaced with GS on the badges. The high-performance option of the Riviera, the Riviera GS, was manufactured between the years 1965 to 1975


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Re: The Cars of Lupin the 3rd
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2012, 04:44:00 pm »
This is a really great topic idea. Thanks so much for doing this work.


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« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2012, 12:12:25 am »
Clever topic to get into. This kind of thing helps ground the series and makes it more real. More of an exploratory topic than most as well. I like the inclusion of recent photos of the cars as well.

I'm still a fan of the yellow Fiat 500 of course, I eventually want to buy a new Fiat, and stick an old Fiat body on top of it so that it looks old without the old interior. I also would do that cause I'm hoping the new Fiats have auto gear shift compared to the old ones. If not, then I'd change that too.


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« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2012, 11:47:50 am »
Great to see that people appreciate my effort.

The fun part for me was that looking through the series Lupin has always driven cars with some kind of racing or rallying background and you really should want to when your beeing a thief.
But the more i look in to it i discover some odd ones like the buick riviera wich didnt race (officialy) and trying to figure out why he drive these cars is a lot of fun, for me atleast  ;)

Yea, the yellow 500 is a favorit of mine too, but soon one of my big favorites and partly the reason why i started this topic is going to show up, very briefly and not driven by lupin.

So lets get going with episode 3 wich started out with boats and some more boats... and a plane and then some brief moments with cars, the first one driven by Fujiko.

Willys M38

It was one of several bidders when the War Department sought an automaker who could begin rapid production of a lightweight truck based on a prototype designed by American Bantam.
In 1938 Joseph W. Frazer had joined Willys from Chrysler as chief executive.
He saw a need to improve the firm's 4-cylinder engine to handle the punishment to which the Jeep would be subjected. This objective was brilliantly achieved by ex-Studebaker chief engineer Delmar "Barney" Roos, who wanted

"an engine that could develop 15 horsepower at 4,400 r.p.m. and run for 150 hours without failure. What he started with was an engine that developed 48 horsepower at 3,400 r.p.m., and could run continuously for only two to four hours. . . It took Barney Roos two years to perfect his engine, by a whole complex of revisions that included closer tolerances, tougher alloys, aluminum pistons, and a flywheel reduced in weight from fifty-seven to thirty-one pounds".

Production of the Willys MB, better known as Jeep, began in 1941, shared between Willys, Ford and American Bantam which had initiated the original Jeep body design.
8,598 units were produced that year, and 359,851 units were produced before the end of World War II. In total, 653,568 military Jeeps were eventually manufactured.
The origin of the name "Jeep" has been debated for many years. Some people believe "Jeep" is a phonetic pronunciation of the abbreviation GP, from "General Purpose", that was used as part of the official Army nomenclature. The first documented use of the word "Jeep" was the name of a character Eugene the Jeep in the Popeye comic strip, known for his supernatural abilities (e.g., walking through walls).
Whatever the source, the name stuck and, after the war, Willys filed a successful trademark claim for the name.

The Willys M38 US Army Jeep, replaced the World War II models known as MB and GPW. It was a 1/4 Ton 4 × 4 Utility Truck manufactured between 1950 and 1952 with a total production of 45,473 units. The M38 was based on the civilian model CJ3A.
Willys designated it an MC. However, this version carried a beefier frame and suspension than the CJ3A. Some were assigned to the Korean theatre of operations and after that conflict was over in the mid 1950s, they were manufactured for export overseas.

The water fording ventilation system and a waterproof 24 volt electrical system were the major upgrades on the M38 (MC series). These features evolved from the many experimental configurations performed on the WWII Willys (MB series).
Its windshield could be folded flat for firing and the body was equipped with a pintle hook for towing and lifting shackles front and rear. The headlights were no longer recessed as on previous models, but protruded with a guard wire in front. The "pioneer" tools (axe and shovel) which were carried on the MB's driver side were transferred to the passenger side of this vehicle.

The whole air intake and axle system was fully vented to allow for proper operation under water. Its full floating front axle (Dana 25) was supported by the wheel hub, rather than the axle itself, and provided greater carrying capacity. The rear axle ( Dana 44) was semi-floating. Its powerplant was the L-head 134* with a T-90 transmission and Dana 18 transfer case.

Notice the shovel and axe on fujikos willys, the attention of details to the cars even though their only in the episode for a brief moment.

Next up is a car driven by Lupin later on in the episode, chasing after a crashing plane.

It a modified VW 1200, also known as "Beach Buggy" or the Mayer Manx Dune Buggy

The Meyers Manx dune buggy was designed by Californian engineer, artist, boat builder and surfer Bruce Meyers.
It was produced by his company between 1964 and 1971.
The car featured a fiberglass bodyshell coupled with the Volkswagen Beetle frame and engine. It is a small car, with a wheelbase 36.2 cm shorter than a Beetle for lightness and better maneuverability. For this reason, the car is capable of very quick acceleration and good off-road performance.
The Meyers Manx received widespread recognition when it won the inaugural Mexican 1000 race, the predecessor of the Baja 1000 beating motorcycles, cars and trucks in the process.

Approximately 6,000 of the original Meyers Manx dune buggies were produced, but when the design became popular many copies (estimated at a quarter of a million worldwide) were made by other companies. Although already patented, Meyers lost in court to the copiers, the judge rescinding his patent as unpatentable opening the floodgates to the Industry Meyers started. Since then countless buggies continue to be produced today. Many people recognize this body-type simply as the "Dune Buggy" or "Beach Buggy".

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Re: The Cars of Lupin the 3rd
« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2012, 12:31:43 pm »
because this is badass

i'd always been meaning to look some of these up
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« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2012, 12:54:34 pm »
Heya trolltyg. This is an excellent idea for a thread. One of my Japanese contacts had been compiling his own list of vehicles over the years. Keep in mind if the make is totally unclear or inconsistent (i.e,: the illustration has features from multiple cars), it is not included. Here's the first 6 episodes' worth, for whatever it's worth to you:

OP Ver. 1:
Mercedes-Benz SSK (Lupin) / Cadillac Eldorado (Unknown)
Ep 01:
Ferrari 312B (Lupin /Jigen) / TS7 (Racer) / Tyrrell Ford (Racer) /
McLaren (Racer) / Matra Simca (Racer) / Lotus 72 (Zenigata) /
Brabham BT34 (Scorpion Member) / Mercedes-Benz (Commissioner) /
Renault Alpine A110 (Lupin / Fujiko)
Ep 02:
Mercedes-Benz SSK (Lupin / Jigen) / Cessna (Pycal) / Cadillac Eldorado (Lupin) /
Messerschmitt (Pycal)
Ep 03:
M38 (Fujiko) / Aero Subaru (FA-200) (Fujiko) / Volkswagen Buggy (Lupin /Jigen / Heinlein) /
Cessna 172 (Lupin / Jigen / Heinlein)
OP Ver. 2:
Mercedes-Benz SSK (Lupin?) / Piper PA-22-135 (Lupin) / Cadillac Eldorado (Unknown)
Ep 04:
Fuji Heavy Industries Rabbit Hi Super (Priest) / Datsun (Priest) /
Alfa Romeo Spider (Priest) / Mercedes-Benz SSK (Lupin / Jigen)
Ep 05:
Mercedes-Benz SSK (Lupin / Fujiko / Goemon) / Renault Alpine A110 (Fujiko)
Ep 06:
Renault 4CV (Lupin / Kids’ Meal) / Jaguar Mk.X (Dragon) / Shelby Cobra (Fujiko) /
Jaguar XJ6 (Dragon) / Le Citroën Type H (Dragon / Officer) /
Citroën DS (Zenigata) / Mercedes-Benz SSK (Lupin / Jigen / Rock-Iron)
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« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2012, 01:50:36 pm »
Great list from your japanese friend, going to save me some time.
I was leaning towards the Cadillac Eldorado for the second episode but i didnt think that the back and grille matched up, the side window matches the cadillac better then the buick.


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« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2012, 11:16:34 am »
Not much new in episode 4, just Lupin and Jigen in the SSk, they do drive past a fiat 500, think this is the first time it appers in the lupin anime.

In episode 5 theres not much new either, the SSk and Fujiko takes out the A110 for another spin.
Probably shouldnt start a SSK drinking game.

So lets kick of with the first car from episode 6.
Renault 4cv (well Lupin rides in it so it does count anyway).

On June 16, 1940, German forces took over the management of Renault plants.
All ongoing automotive projects were frozen. A handful of brave Renault engineers with a passion for their work, decided to defy the ban and started secret research studies on a new vehicle. They set two key requirements: the car had to be inexpensive and it had to be frugal in order to adapt to fuel shortages. Thus started the 106 project, which paved the way for the 4CV.

The first 4CV left the Renault production line in 1947. It was available in one body style, one color and one engine: post-war France had no time for niceties! The main need was to meet the requirements of French customers who were rediscovering the joys of freedom and… holidays.

Light (560kg) and economical, the Renault 4cv was able to carry four people in comfort, with the flat floor pan created by the rear-mounted engine.
It was produced in more than one million units, thanks to the new transfer lines that heralded the era of automation.
The Renault 4cv was produced in several versions, from the highly economical “Service” to the alluring convertible  and sporty 1063. It was sold in the US and produced in Japan.
So this is the first car Lupin rides in that has some japanese history.

The 4CV proved to be a strong competitor right from the start, notching up its first win on September 19, 1948 at Mont Ventoux.
In the wake of this victory, the management gave the go-ahead for developing a sports version: the Renault 1063.
Between 1951 and 1954, this vehicle won trophy after trophy: Monte-Carlo Rally, Tulips Rally, Alpine Cup, Tour de France and even the Le Mans 24-hour event. This easily modifiable car even attracted the interest of small-scale vehicle converters, such as Jean Rédélé who used the 4CV as the basis for his renowned Alpine models.

The SSK makes another apperance.

Then Fujiko comes racing along in a AC/Shelby Cobra

ike many British specialist manufacturers, AC Cars had been using the Bristol straight-6 engine in its small-volume production, including its AC Ace 2-seater roadster.
This had a hand-built body with a steel tube frame, and aluminium body panels that were made using English wheeling machines. The engine was a pre-World War II design of BMW which by the 1960s was considered dated. Bristol decided in 1961 to cease production of its engine and instead to use Chrysler 331 cu in (5.4 L) V8 engines.
Although untrue, it is commonly believed that AC was left without a future source of power and that American ex-racing driver Carroll Shelby saved the company from bankruptcy. AC started using the 2.6 litre Ford Zephyr engine in its cars.

In September 1961, Shelby airmailed AC a letter asking them if they would build him a car modified to accept a V8 engine. AC agreed, provided a suitable engine could be found. He first went to Chevrolet to see if they would provide him with engines, but not wanting to add competition to the Corvette they said no.
Ford however, wanted a car that could compete with the Corvette and they happened to have a brand new thin-wall small-block engine which could be used in this endeavor. It was Ford's 260 in³ HiPo (4.2 L) engine – a new lightweight, thin-wall cast small-block V8 tuned for high performance. Ford provided Shelby with two engines. In January 1962 mechanics at AC Cars in Thames Ditton, Surrey fitted the prototype chassis CSX0001 with a 260 ci Ford V8; the 221 ci was never sent.
However, early engineering drawings were titled "AC Ace 3.6". After testing and modification, the engine and transmission were removed and the chassis was air-freighted to Shelby in Los Angeles on 2 February 1962.
His team fitted it with an engine and transmission in less than eight hours at Dean Moon's shop in Santa Fe Springs, California, and began road-testing.

The first 75 Cobra Mark I (including the prototype) were fitted with the 260 cu in (4.3 L). The remaining 51 Mark I model were fitted with a larger version of the Windsor Ford engine, the 289 cu in (4.7 L) V8. In late 1962 Alan Turner, AC's chief engineer completed a major design change of the car's front end and was able to fit it with rack and pinion steering while still using transverse leaf spring suspension. The new car entered production in early 1963 and was designated Mark II. The steering rack was borrowed from the MGB while the new steering column came from the VW Beetle. About 528 Mark II Cobras were produced to the summer of 1965

The AC Cobra was a financial failure that led Ford and Carroll Shelby to discontinue importing cars from England in 1967. AC Cars kept producing the coil spring AC Roadster with narrow fenders, a small block Ford 289 and called the car the AC 289.
It was built and sold in Europe until late 1969. AC also produced the AC 428 until 1973. The AC Frua was built on a stretched Cobra 427 MK III coil spring chassis using a very angular steel body designed and built by Pietro Frua. With the demise of the 428 and succeeding 3000ME, AC shut their doors in 1984 and sold the AC name to a Scottish company. The company's tooling, and eventually the right to use the name, were licensed by Autokraft, a Cobra parts reseller and replica car manufacturer owned by Brian A. Angliss.


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Re: The Cars of Lupin the 3rd
« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2012, 11:59:45 am »
Good work! Keep it up!


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Re: The Cars of Lupin the 3rd
« Reply #10 on: April 20, 2012, 12:55:22 pm »
Just writing to let you guys know im working on episode 8, episode 7 only had more of the SSK and i love the last scene where lupin fights goemon with the SSK.


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Re: The Cars of Lupin the 3rd
« Reply #11 on: April 28, 2012, 12:58:26 pm »
theres really some hard cars to figure out in episode 8 and if anyone can figure out what manufacturer this car is from please tell me, feels like i'm stuck on this episode.
If i cant figure it out before this weekend i'll just have to go on without it for now.


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« Reply #12 on: April 28, 2012, 03:04:24 pm »

Toyopet Crown (※hearse) (Lupin /Jigen / Goemon / Fujiko) / Kaman HH43 (Mr. Gold) /
Kenworth W900 (Gold’s Underling) / BMW 2000C (※Patrol car) (Zenigata) /
Alfa Romeo Giulia (Lupin / Jigen / Goemon / Fujiko / Zenigata) / Land Rover (Lupin)
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« Reply #13 on: April 28, 2012, 05:21:55 pm »
Thanks alot, had them all figured out except the hearse, did think about subaru or toyota.
He has missed one car driven by Fujiko in that episode but i dont blame him, its from a smal manufacturer and just seeing part of the instrument and part of the grille headon with headlights on its a hard gues if you dont happen to own one yourself  ;)

More on that in a few hours.


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« Reply #14 on: April 28, 2012, 06:50:51 pm »
Thanks alot, had them all figured out except the hearse, did think about subaru or toyota.
He has missed one car driven by Fujiko in that episode but i dont blame him, its from a smal manufacturer and just seeing part of the instrument and part of the grille headon with headlights on its a hard gues if you dont happen to own one yourself  ;)

More on that in a few hours.

I'll be interested to see it; he told me that a there were some shown are not accurate representations of any one car, so he doesn't include them on the list. But I know he didn't catch everything, so I'd like to see if he finds that information useful or not.
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