As mentioned on this site before, Japan in the late 1980s was all about fresh wealth and general economic optimism. As a result, carmakers couldn't work fast enough to come up with more and more extravagant options. And in 1988, it was Toyota's turn to pull an ace from the pack.
At this point, I should confess that a tweet from Chris Haining opened my eyes to this amazing option. It's a "seriously? you're kidding" JDM car feature indeed!
I had to know more about this option, available on the 1988 Toyota Mark II, Cresta and Chaser sedans, so I reached out to Dutch JDM expert , who added the following jaw-dropping insight:
Given the fact that many Japanese sedans featured rear window wipers as well, the theoretical number of wipers could easily add up to 9 or 10:
- headlight wipers
- windshield wipers
- mirror wipers (Nissan Cima Y31/Leopard F30)
- side wipers (Toyota Mark II X80)
- rear wiper (double on the Mark II X70 van or Camry V30 van)
That's right. Up to ten wipers on a car.
Having covered the side windows, we might as well take a good look at the Nissan Cima's mirror wipers, because that's about as late-'80s Japanese auto-excessive as you can get.
Luckily, Banpei has dedicated a whole video to the subject:
Then came the early 1990s, and the Japanese economic miracle was suddenly gone. And so were those extra wipers.