On January 18, 2009 General Motors, auctioned off about 200 cars from its heritage collection, desperate for cash during the throes of the global financial crisis. Enthusiasts expressed dismay, but many of the cars were SEMA builds or movie cars that didn’t seem to add much to the collection. Others, however, were more valuable, like a 1969 COPO Camaro ZL-1 (a top-spec performance model and one of 69 built). Realistically, it’d be close to impossible for a company to store everything, so what should it keep? One of every model made? Just the important ones? Pivotal concept cars? If you were in charge, how would you call the shots?
What makes a good car company heritage collection?
The most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “What’s the best Japanese car not made in Japan?”
We got answers from all over the world for this one, some expected and some surprising. From the US we had nominations like Lupus‘s Indiana-built Subarus, Blitzpig‘s Ohio-built Honda Accords, Hector‘s Illinois-built DSM cars, Daniel‘s Indiana-built Isuzu Rodeo, theJWT‘s Tennessee-built B13 Sentra SE-R, and Lee L‘s California-built Toyota Voltz.
From the UK we had suggestions like Banpei‘s P10 Primera, Crank_case‘s CH1 Honda Accord Type R, and Kieron‘s multiple Civic Type Rs. Australia gave us mel‘s Mitsubishi Diamante, and Alexander‘s Toyota Aurion, while Asia offered up harshith‘s Toyota Qualis and Negishi no Keibajo‘s Suzuki Samurai.
However, after much deliberation, the crown of very best goes to the J70 Toyota Land Cruiser, made in many countries including Portugal, submitted by Vitor David.:
Toyota in Ovar Portugal builds the land cruiser.
Nothing speacial right?
well its the j70 version with v6 petrol and V diesel engines only for african markets
The same company that builds the j200 still produces the j70