Okay guys, just a couple of more JCCS posts and we’ll be done. Today we’ll cover diametric opposites – the trucks and the race cars. The Mazda Rotary Engine Pickup is something that could almost be both. It’s the opposite of a mullet — business-like bed in back, 13B party up front. And in a cruel twist of fate for our Japanese brethren, it was never sold in Japan.
Several examples could be found at JCCS, The bed of this particular one was smoothed out (note the lack of tie-down hooks). We want one purely because they said ROTARY POWER in huge letters across the tailgate straight from the factory.
Much to the chagrin of the Toyotaku, we once said that the Mazda REPU and Datsun 620 could be the two best-looking pickups ever built. Slotted mags and shaved tie-down hooks were the absolute minimum customizations required if you wanted to get in on the mini-truckin’ scene of the late 70s and early 80s.
Don’t get us wrong, we not saying we dislike the Toyota Hilux. In fact, those fender-mounted turn signals are downright adorable. And it might be the only car in the world whose grille could look just as good turned upside down. And being a Toyota Hilux, we know it could withstand an asteroid impact.
Before the Hilux, there was the Toyota Stout, which was a bit larger than the other three. You might think those turn signal pods bear a resemblance to the 1960-61 Chevy Apache, but have you seen an actual Apache lately? It looks like it’s got a butt-shaped tumor growing out of its forehead. The Stout, on the other hand, can look positively sick.
The sole Datsun 220 truck (or “Datsun 1000” as it was called here) was completely overlooked, despite its status as the oldest Nissan at the show. The 220 series hails from 1957-58, and since this is a LHD version it may have been one of the unofficial imports the company brought into the country before Nissan USA was even established.
Aside from the 2000GT, the FJ40 Land Cruiser may be the most collectible Toyota in the US. Despite some obviously non-standard tires and driving lights, this Cruiser was an insanely sharp restoration. It’s also the first vehicle we’d commandeer in the event of a zombie uprising.
Not that we’d ever give up the JNC wagon, but if calamity should strike, which one of these would be the best rig for hauling the our booth to the next show?
Bay Area vintage car shop Performance Options brought their mean mango down again. The last time we saw this TE27 at Toyotafest, it was painted all green, but the vintage-look graphics like the Mobil pegasus give it an nice old school racing vibe.
Most people who race Datsuns go for the 510, but Demetri is known as “The 610 Guru” and thus must rock a battle-scarred 1973 Datsun 610 Hardtop. The car is set up for SCCA IT racing and boasts a seasoned racing pedegree.
To close out this edition, we’ll leave you with a Tamiya radio control Toyota Hilux painted in a supremely cool retro tan with brown striping. After a long hiatus Tamiya just began reproducing these memorable 80s toys, and if you ever come across a real Hilux that’s incapacitated (again, unlikely), just chain fourteen of these babies together.
Just one more installment to go.