Prepare to salivate like Pavlov’s dog in a pachinko parlor. Here are photos from Toyotafest 2011! The sixteenth annual gathering of the extended Toyota family took place this weekend at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California, and that means lots and lots of Aichi steel.
The clean hachiroku is an endangered species these days, so it’s good to know unabused specimens still roam. Though two-tone dark blue and black isn’t factory, the important thing is that looks like it could be.
Despite some JDM bits, you can really imagine this thing rolling out of a time machine from 1985 on those SSR Reverse Meshies. But you can just as easily imagine taking it out for a spirited drive in the canyons on a cool evening 20 years from now, as kids point at it excitedly from automated transports.
This is actually a rare 5-speed 1974 S/5, a badge that was only used for one year before they changed Toyota renamed the trim level to the familiar SR5. The gold factory stripe compliments the emblem perfectly.
Like the blue one above, Chun Fung‘s Corolla is the rare AE86 that hasn’t been totally abused by age or drifting. It would be tempting to go crazy with modifications while swapping that JDM Levin nose, but we’re glad he kept it clean with a slight drop and Work Equip 01s.
Aside from the 2000GT, the most valuable classic Toyotas are FJ40 Land Cruisers. The tan 1979 one is a US-market LHD version, while the red 1980 is a JDM one with the steering wheel on the right side. The paint and interior are all original.
Take a good look at Luke Sproat‘s RA29 Celica Liftback because Luke’s from Hawaii, and that’s where the car is headed after the show. It was freshly restored at ToySport here in SoCal with loads of period touches.
It’s hard to believe that the same company that wove the LFA out of carbon fiber started out building humble little cars like Steve Kopito‘s 1965 Publica, but it’s true. We’ll leave you with this for now, but we have many more photos of Toyotas to share with you so stay tuned!