Picking a a famous person to hang with is well worn question territory, but we’re going to add our automotive twist to it. You can choose anyone, living or dead, to take a spin in the motor vehicle of your choice. It might be fun to blow a brilliant mind like Leonardo Da Vinci’s in a Mazda Miata, have Kunimitsu Takahashi show you the ropes in a Hakosuka GT-R, or take 1990s Demi Moore on a date in your S13. The possibilities are endless.
Who would you pick, living or dead, to go for a drive with, and in what car?
The most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “What lower-spec car would you be willing to own?“.
There were some great answers to last week’s question, and we loved the fact that they were all over the map, from TheJWT‘s base model to Honda Today to the 555jay‘s NSX (and bonus points for the Star Trek reference). Steve offered a number of choices, from CRX HF to Camry, while Jonathon P. came out of left field with a Geo Storm. Many opted for simplicity over complexity, always a smart choice for a classic car, like Mitch‘s non-turbo FC, or Taylor C.‘s non-4WS Prelude Si, naturally aspirated Z32 and Hiace Super Custom. Sometimes it just came down to rarity, when any trim of a particular chassis is hard to find, like Lupus‘ Stagea or nihonnotekko‘s Mazda HB. And then there are the nostalgic choices, such as streetspirit‘s shortnose Kenmeri.
Some cars are just legendary enough that rare trim levels are interesting enough in themselves. It’s hard to achieve that status, but that’s the case with the Toyota AE86 Lime and Lissé, as chosen by Art:
Either the Corolla Levin GL Lime AE85 or the Sprinter Trueno XL Lissé AE85. It sounds strange willing to own an AE85, but just imagine how insanely rare these cars are!
First of all, Toyota produced 364,758 AE86es versus only 78,523 AE85es. This means only 1 out of 5 Levins or Truenos were an AE85. Then the GL Lime and XL Lissé were trim levels that were aimed for women drivers. This meant it featured special interior (Lime and Lissé embroided in the fabric on the zenki) with a driver vanity mirror, height adjustable driving seat and driving aids as power steering and aircon. It also featured accessories like shoe organizer box that would fit in the passenger footwell! Yes, the Toyota product managers really must have thought very different about women in the 1980s! Unsurprisingly, these cars sold in really low numbers.
Most of the AE85es have been converted to 4A-GE over the past decades as these cars were generally not drifted during their normal use and have an unstressed body. Do it is really hard to find an original AE85. It is even rarer to find a GL Lime or GL Lissé. There has been one for sale on Goo-net for years now, but that car already received a 20 valve treatment years ago. I would love to own one all original just to preserve such a timecapsule from 1980s Japan!
Omedetou, your comment has earned you a set of decals from the JNC Shop!