Last week we wrote about two great men from Japanese motoring history. Former president of Toyota Shoichiro Toyoda passed away, while co-founder of Honda Takeo Fujisawa was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame. That got us thinking about creating a Hall of Fame for Japan’s auto industry from scratch. Who deserves to the honored? There are executives, engineers, race car drivers, tuners, designers (like Satoru Nozaki pictured above, who penned the beautiful Toyota 2000GT) and more. You don’t even need to name names. “The person who…” is good enough. Personally, I would like to thank whoever decided to put a crotch vent in my 4Runner.
Who deserves to be in the JNC Hall of Fame?
The most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “What once uncool family car is now desirable?“.
In terms of what is considered uncool by the normies, it’s hard to top a minivan. But as Sammy B pointed out, the Toyota Previa is a unique machine in both design and layout. Meanwhile エーイダン notes that the rear-wheel-drive Nissan Elgrands have been cropping up more and more in the US, and for good reason.
In the same vein wagons, especially economy ones like nlpnt‘s Corolla longroof, have now shifted into the cool column as the body style nears extinction. Like the Miata, Lakdasa‘s suggestion of the Suzuki Vitara was once considered a hairdresser’s car, but underneath it had the bones (ladder frame, 4WD) to be really good at what it was built for. TheJWT says it’s the Toyota Crown, which in Japan was about as ubiquitous a car as one could name. One wonders if the newest Crown will ever have that kind of cachet.
The winner this week goes to ninjastealth, who nominated the Crown of the USA, the Toyota Cressida. For decades it was considered the Toyota that grandpa bought. By the 2000s most people had forgotten the nameplate even existed. If you see one today, it’s far more likely to be lowered on some SSRs than on its way to the golf course.
I inherited an 85′ Cressida in 1993 with the pillow tufted velour interior. I got sideways with a car full of friends in SF, coming down a steep hill when I pulled the E-brake. Only learned 25 years later that it shared the straight 6 with a Supra. It would chirp tires from 1st to 2nd gear
0-60 runs with an auto trans! Very stupid of me and fun looking back.
Omedetou, your comment has earned you a set of decals from the JNC Shop!