Boo, it’s Halloween! Gather around the campfire and tell us your spookiest tales of automotive terror. Was it that time a simple repair turned into a months-long jack stand occupation? A near miss on the road? A 10mm nut disappearing into a dark and unreachable crevice?
About a year ago I was driving my original, 67,000-mile factory 5-speed SC300, a car I have babied for over 20 years. Suddenly, a truck tire came bounding over the freeway jersey barriers, bouncing a good two stories high and headed right towards me. Luckily traffic was light and I swerved two lanes to get out of its way. In the rear view mirror I saw it obliterate the front end of the Prius behind me. I don’t think my heart moved for a good three minutes afterwards.
What’s your most terrifying car story?
The most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “What Toyota model is the most Toyota?”
Somehow, all the answers this week were correct. Some advocated the trucks, like Ken Graham for the J60 Land Cruiser or Bill Bailey for the Hilux. Others nominated sports cars, like David Leong for the Sports 800 or Chet Manley for the Celica GT-Four. In the middle were proponents of the commoners’ cars like Franxou for the Corolla or f31roger for the Camry. Legacy-san wisely noted that it likely depends on the region, and in Japan Sedanlover‘s Crown would be king.
However, our favorite answer this week came from Land Ark, whose ode to the Celsior/LS400 got to the heart of the Toyota philosophy:
The Toyota Celsior/Lexus LS400 is the culmination of everything Toyota had learned about building affordable, reliable, practical cars and added “the most” in front of every good thing you could say about their cars. Toyota set out to build a Mercedes competitor and ended up eating their lunch. It was higher quality, dead quiet, smooth driving but not floaty, with a powerful but under-stressed V8 engine that would outclass cars that cost twice as much.
Starting in the 1980s, Toyota went from trying to build cars to compete to building cars that others sought to compete with. The LS400 was an attempt to beat Mercedes at their own game and wound up setting the standard that all other cars were judged against. This set the tone for years to come of overbuilding everything in the lineup thus cementing Toyota quality and reliability to this day – warranted or not.
And I say this as my Celsior has been out of commission for 2 months since I can’t get the HVAC blower motor working. I’ve been impressed with all other aspects of the car and in trying to diagnose the problem I’ve been impressed with how easy the car is to work on.
Omedetou, your comment has earned you a set of decals from the JNC Shop!