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1993 Toyota HiAce Super Custom (4th Gen)

Hello.  Spotted a Early 1990’s Toyota HiAce the other day. Not just any HiAce though; this is the Super Custom Limited model, which was spec’d very nicely when released.  This one is also a Turbo Diesel which makes it even more cool, and it’s Right Hand Drive on American shores.  Truly a gem on the LA streets.

One must remember that the HiAce was originally introduced to the market as a delivery truck/van. And like all things automotive, the consumer wanted more luxury and more velvet. The thirst for “super awesome limited luxury custom EFI Turbo S Type R” model vehicles could not be quenched.  But this HiAce gets close. Enjoy

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1991 Mitsubishi Delica LS Van

Spotted this Mitsubishi Delica, referred to in North America as the Mitsubishi Wagon. Seriously, this van was not even given a proper name for the North American market, simply being called “Wagon”.  We spotted a 1990 Toyota Town Ace Royal Lounge (Diesel) in a previous post.  I like these funky Japanese vans from this era – they have a certain je ne sais quoi about them.

Enjoy.

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1977 Honda CVCC

Here on display is a Honda CVCC from the mid to late 1970’s.  The acronym CVCC stands for “Compound Vortex Controlled Combustion” and was introduced from Honda as a reduced emissions engine. This little Honda is basically a Civic, but received a model name that was the same as the engine name.  I wonder how many other manufacturers have named the car model the same as the engine?

Check out some other Honda’s we’ve spotted:

1979 Honda Accord Hatch

1987 Honda Accord Hatchback

1990 Honda CRX

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1984 Toyota Celica Supra

I’ve been stumbling upon some pretty cool vehicles recently, and this Celica Supra from the mid-1980’s does not disappoint.  You may be asking yourself, “Don’t confuse me, is it a Celica or is it a Supra?!” Well the Celica and Supra were one in the same when introduced in 1979.  The “Supra” was an offshoot of the Celica lineup, boasting increased performance and unique styling that differentiated it from the standard Celica.  Fun fact: The Toyota Supra had an inline six-cylinder engine installed since it was introduced in 1979 – Nice!

And check out previous old-school Toyota’s we’ve spotted, like yesterdays 1981 Toyota Corolla Coupe (TE72):

1980 Datsun 280zx

1974 Toyota Corolla 1600 Deluxe (E30)

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1981 Toyota Corolla Coupe (TE72)

Spotted a wonderfully bright yellow Toyota Corolla Coupe from the early 1980’s. Toyota decided to sadly switch to a FWD layout with the thrid generation of Corolla. None-the-less, it still sports the peppy 1.8L 4-cylinder motor and rocks a charming boxy sheet metal style.

Check out previous Toyota Corolla’s we have spotted:

1974 Toyota Corolla 1600 Deluxe (E30)

1980 Toyota Tercel Hatchback (basically a corolla 😉

An if you want to read some more info about the E70 (3rd gen) Toyota Corolla, click HERE

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1979 Honda Accord Hatch

Spotted this gorgeous 1979 Honda Accord on a walk around Silverlake today.  I swear I will bring my nice camera next time so we can have some high resolution pictures! I love the styling on this accord, with the quad circle front lights and the intake vent near the top of the hood. Just great.

And check out previous Honda’s we’ve spotted:

1987 Honda Accord Hatchback

1990 Honda CRX

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1990 Toyota Town Ace Royal Lounge (Diesel)

Happy first 2018 post! Let’s start it off with a bang – and wow this thing is cool.

The 1990 (I think) Toyota Town Ace.  Not just any Town Ace, this is the “Royal Lounge”.  Please somebody tell me there is a better named trim level out there.  “Royal Lounge” exudes excellence and luxury… I mean just look at this van! And it’s 4WD!!  And it’s a diesel!!!  This van is all combinations of right.

I am fairly confident this is an imported model which makes it even cooler. Although I spotted this in Los Angeles, it is rocking Oregon plates.  People will often register imports in other states because it is so difficult to register a imported vehicle in California. Enjoy!

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1980 Datsun 280zx

Up for viewing today is a perfect example of a 1980’s Japanese sports car creation.  Now let us all be honest with ourselves; the 80’s were a great time but emission standards and technology advancements were not favorable for the automotive industry.  Cars became bigger and slower; lethargic for a lack of a better word.  Looking back at sports cars from the 1980’s is sort of like looking at a well worn sock on the floor; you lament it’s stinky performance but it still has the intrinsic value of function and style – So you keep it around.

Other Datsuns we’ve spotted:

1976 Toyota Pickup Truck

1984 Nissan 720 Single Cab Pickup Truck

1974 Datsun B210 Coupe

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2014 Mitsubishi Evo X

The quick “hyper-car” from Mitsubishi is an all out tuners dream.  Turbocharged four-cylinder with AWD and tons of aftermarket support.  Loud, fast and abrupt are good descriptors for the AWD Evo X.  Enjoy this tastefully modified example. Considering this car is no longer produced in the U.S. , I think the Evo X will become a collectors car 2 decades from now.

A little Paul Walker quote thrown in on the rear.

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1976 Toyota Pickup Truck

We’re sticking with the theme of Toyota pickups.  This one comes to us in a blazing orange glory from 1976.  Is it coincidental that all the small pickups of this time such as the Datsun 620 and the Ford Courier, were similar looking and offered this amazing orange paint option?  In matter of fact, all the colors they offered on these trucks were pretty rad.  Bring back more cool colors!

 

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1982 Toyota 4×4 Pickup

Toyota Pickup trucks are a popular breed in Southern California.  As with many of the vehicles roaming LA streets, this Toyota enjoys sunny weather and no snow.  And unless you are close to the beach, that means no salt and no rust. This one is a clean example of Toyota’s iteration of the 4×4 pickup from the early 1980’s. It appears to be repainted and I wouldn’t doubt this has been restored very recently. I can’t really pinpoint this color –  any opinions?

Also check out previous Toyota 4×4 vehicles we have spotted:

1984 Toyota 4Runner (N60)

1988 Toyota Land Cruiser