Let's Talk About These Crazy JDM Side Window Wipers

Toyota's side wipers, with washer jets coming from the side-view mirror, have to be the craziest excess of the 1980s Japanese economic bubble.

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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.

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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!

Todays "seriously, you're kidding?" JDM car feature is the front side window wiper. As optional on the Toyota Mark II.

— Chris Haining (@RoadworkUK)

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.

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    Benpei.net via Minkara
    Benpei.net via Minkara
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    Banpei.net via Minkara

    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.

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