Lost Kannons

Gather ’round the campfire kids, it’s time to tell the legend of the lost Crowns. About 10 years ago, Shige Suganuma of Mooneyes was given a set of mysterious pictures taken at a junkyard in Northern California, one that served as the final resting place for many a Toyota Crown. Both zenki and kouki S50 sedans, suicide-doored Kannon sedans, and at least two who-needs-both-kidneys ultra rare Kannon wagons.

With neither address nor complete phone number to go by, years of research revealed nothing. That is, until the advent of Google Earth. Like a modern day Indiana Jones, Mr. Suganuma pored over grainy satellite photos galore until he located the exact building that marked the gateway to Shangri-La. And as luck would have it, a four day visit to the States for the All-Toyotafest in Long Beach afforded the perfect opportunity to bolt up the coast in chase of this booty.

Alas, upon arrival, not a single car remained. The man who owned the junkyard passed away seven years ago, the yard subsequently sold, and all the cars were carted away. The current owner of the property had no clue as to their whereabouts, but chances are they live on in the recycled fender of a new Tacoma, or your toaster. You can read the entire story on Shige’s blog.

Stories like this bring us to tears. Just think of the thousands upon thousands of nostalgics that have disappeared like this, unwanted and unloved. The prevention of such tragedies is one of JNC’s primary missions. Please, rescue those classics and if you can’t, post it in the forums for someone who can! Hell, just bring a camera every time you go to a junkyard. The nostalgics, and us enthusiasts, are depending on you!

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3 Responses to Lost Kannons

  1. Lowell said:

    This story is a sad one indeed. Seven years to late to rescue a treasure trove of classics. They probably all went to the car crusher without anyone knowing their true worth. This is what Egyptian archaeologist must have felt when they discover a new tomb, only to find it has already been emptied out by robbers centuries before.

    I agree, a rescue network for Japanese classic cars is needed!

  2. Toyotageek said:

    I was just looking through some old files in the TORC archive a few weeks ago, when I saw some of those exact same pictures! At the time I wondered “Where was this? Where are these cars? Who do they belong to?” The info written on the back of the pictures, left no clue. Now I have an answer! Thank you guys!

    Too late for those treasures, but it makes you wonder what is still lurking out there, hidden away just waiting to be discovered!

  3. Whit said:

    I have 1ooo JY pics. from Central New York and know this type of story firsthand.
    There definately is a thrill when finding a new JY with 70’s Japanese cars.Usually
    they have just been parked and forgotten about for 15-20 years.

    So the camera always goes with me to the JY.I have posted many of my JY pics. on

    Whit N.Y. U.S.A.

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