Sunday, January 30, 2011

Weekend Quickies - Sunday, January 30, 2011

1977 Toyota Celica Liftback - The "Japanese Mustang". Toyota introduced this car to the US in 1976. It managed to look more like a Mustang than the then current Mustang II did.

Rust, teenagers and bad modifications took their toll on these cars. It's really nice to see one in this shape.

Located in Albuquerque, NM, click here to see the eBay listing.

1968 Toyota Corona - This is certainly not the most exciting car I've ever written about, but it's great to see one in this condition.

The Corona was not a styling tour de force, but it's not bad looking. From certain angles you can see some Italian and British styling influences.

I hope the new owner keeps this car in the condition it is in today. There are so few unmolested examples of these cars left.

Located in Pacifica, CA, click here to see the eBay listing.

1966 Honda S600 - I can't remember the last time I saw one of these in person.

These are fun cars. The styling is great both inside and out. The 600cc engine has 4 carbs and an 8500 RPM redline. The car weighs next to nothing and the tiny engine moves it at a very good clip.

As the seller mentions, these cars are starting to increase in value. This one is in very nice condition. It will be interesting to see how much it sells for.

Located in Sun Valley, CA, click here to see the eBay listing.

1978 Volkswagen Bus - The murals on this van are actually code for "Attention police officers: Please pull me over and search the van".

Far out.

Located in Cheyenne, WY, click here to see the eBay listing.

2 comments:

rrshadow2 said...

I think older Japanese cars are starting to be more and more appreciated, I think the major downfall with them is that unlike with German cars, their makers would rather see them go to the crusher than have to keep a parts supply going for them

JohnB said...

Years ago I was working an SCCA Driver's School at Nelson Ledges. Saw (what I thought) was a clean Mustang running around but it didn't sound "right."Went to look at it at lunch. Turns out it was a Celica! De-badged and de-chromed the doggone thing looked like a 3/4 size model of Mustang.

the really major downfall with these cars is that they rusted like crazy...