We all know there were 351 Toyota 2000GTs made, but that does not make them rare. To see one, just walk into any car museum in Japan. There’s plenty of well preserved ones at US car shows too. How about a modernized 2000GT? Did you know that Lexus made only 120 facelifted 5-speed SC 300s? That facelift occurred in 1997, the last year a manual transmission was offered in the US. On top of that, the vast majority of them have been turned into “gentleman’s Supras” or drift missiles with mods of questionable taste. That’s just one example, but we’re sure there are even more obscure cars out there.
What’s the rarest JNC?
What say you, dear reader? As always, the most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “What’s your most heroic repair story?”
The winner this week was Andrij Mishalow, who took a 1,300 mile road trip with no mufflers and a questionable starter. The Coke can trick probably would have worked with some proper hose clamps, but then there wouldn’t be much of an adventure, would there?
Many many years ago, around 1989, I owned a KE 25 with a 3/4 race built 4K. The car looked like crap, the only panel that was straight was the roof, with bog and rust and 3 shades of bamboo yellow paint. I had a 1 3/4 inch exhaust, straight thru to just one muffler out the back.
The exhaust was made by the engine builder, but was not supported in many places like it should have, so it tended to vibrate a bit when driving.
Well, long story short, my best mate and I decided we would drive 1300 miles over 2 days just because we were bored. Well, the exhaust split just before the muffler when we were about 100 miles into our journey, so we stopped beside the road, and fix it as best as we could. All I had in my tool kit was some fencing wire, pliers and some empty cans of coke.
I sliced the can into a strip, would that around the pipe, before wrapping the fencing wire over the can and then tying it off in 2 other places. Worked a treat, for about 10 miles.
We continued our trip, with the muffler placed in the boot, an open pipe, and no stereo that could be heard.
On the way back home, the bolts fell out off the starter motor, so I had to tie wire it, and hot fuel the car on the way back.
Took 3 days for our hearing to return after the trip, but lesson was now learnt. Have more stuff in my tool kit.
Did I mention that I dropped the car off at the engine builder’s place to get the pipe repairs, and he commented to me casually, that he thinks he heard my car from almost half a mile away when I turned up.
Ah, the memories ?
Omedetou, your comment has earned you a set of decals from the JNC Shop!