When everyone from Congress to late night comedians is painting your cars as deathtraps unfit for their worse enemies, follow the lead of GM, Chrysler and Alfa Romeo. Embrace your heritage. Show the haters that no matter how much the media repeatedly bashes your cars, there are die-hard enthusiasts out there who want to congregate around painfully beautiful examples of your past work!
Speaking of painfully beautiful, Racetoys had three TE27s. Each one was slightly different from the others, but together they formed a ninana enthusiast’s dream team. First up was this zenki Corolla Levin (note the corner and headlight bezels) rolling on TOSCO barrels.
After our coverage in Part One, someone asked about Cressida wagons. Ask and ye shall receive!
For some reason they were all white, and this MX62 goon was as pure and pristine as the clean fallen snow. With slightly fewer chromey bits and one less wiper for the rear window than the MX72, generational changes certainly fall into the Evolutionary category.
The wheels were simply re-barreled steelies, and if memory serves us correctly, the owner said they were a ludicrous 15×9 on the front and 15×11 on the rear, all under unmolested fender metal (thanks LloyD)!
Everyone should know this golden vision by now, one of three kidney-worthy 2000GTs is owned by the Toyota USA Museum and one of only two made in this color.
The blue Hilux pickup is another Toyota USA museum piece. Despite our ranting, we do want to acknowledge Toyota USA for continuing to support the event year after year. Ever wonder why there’s no Datsunfest? Because, to paraphrase Kanye West, Nissan doesn’t care about enthusiasts.
This beautiful Stout pickup belongs to employees of Cabe Toyota in Long Beach, California. We’ve purchased parts from that dealership many times and can vouch for the fact that many of the employees are true enthusiasts, willing dig deep for your rare parts requests.
Another commenter asked for stock originals. Well, you can’t get any more original than this Celica, the thirteenth one ever built. That’s right, the VIN is a bunch of zeroes and the number 13, and it’s owned by TORC president Joji Luz, who also owns the silver Sports 800 behind it, and the fifth Celica ever built.
The owner of this gorgeous 1975 Celica is part of the NorCal crew that was one of the first to drop Honda F20Cs into various Toyota bodied cars. Purists will be pleased to know that this car runs a more traditional 22R under the hood.
The TA10 Toyota Carina is often unfairly overlooked, as it is mechanically identical to the A20 Celica. See the commonality? They are both of the A-chassis family. This Carina was the only one at the show.
Toyota was no stranger to platform sharing, and as we moved further down the family tree we Celicas evolve into long-nosed six-cylinder Supras. In the US, MA61 owners apparently still prefer large diameter wheels and powerful 7M-GTE or JZ engine swaps.
The FJ75LV Land Cruiser is a special duty version of the 70-series. It has a near-two-ton payload and was so expensive (around $30,000 in 1990 dollars) that only governments and the United Nations could afford it.
This 1970 RT40 Toyota Corona should have outlived its usefulness many decades ago. But the owner has lovingly kept it alive, and in immaculate condition to boot. It was one of the cleanest specimens we’ve ever seen.
Let’s conclude Part Two with a parting shot of another stunning 2000GT, brought to the show by Toysport. This happens to be the same car we profiled in this article. How many red 2000GTs did you think were in SoCal?
That’s it for now, but there’s still more to come. If you missed it, here’s Part One.