In recent times, Toyota is a name that is synonymous with econoboxes and workhorse vehicles that can run for a million miles with no hassles whatsoever. But this boring existence of the iconic Japanese brand once had an exciting past. There were Toyotas that set the pulses of enthusiasts racing once they hear its name. Remember the scene in the original Fast and Furious movie in which the late Paul Walker shows up with a totaled Supra and his garage junkie/techie kid goes “2JZ? No s***!”. That’s the sort of respect these Japanese rockets got from the petrolhead lot in those early times.
For fans of the classic FJ-43 Land Cruiser, “The FJ Company” from Miami created a machine that blends the classic looks with some modern amenities. Called the “Signature” edition, this vehicle starts off as an original 1981 FJ43 Land Cruiser, the chassis of which is taken as the base for construction.
First drive: 2017 Porsche 911 1,000,000 and 911 classics in Scotland (’67 Targa, ’85 Clubsport, 964 Turbo & 996 GT3)
It’s not very often a car museum wheels its finest exhibits out the door, transports them to a destination with fantastic driving roads, throws you the keys and says: “Here you go. Have fun!” It’s not a common occurrence even for us weather-beaten career motoring hacks. However, the Porsche Museum handed a small selection of automotive hacks from around the globe (including this DriveArabia scribe) what amounted to an early Eid present, laying on an epic road trip through the Scottish Highlands in some of the finest ‘toys’ in its collection.
Jaguar Classic debuted its first ‘Reborn’ Jaguar E-type at the Techno-Classica Essen show in April. An initial batch of 10 “expertly sourced and comprehensively restored” examples of the ancient E-type are now offered for sale direct from the new Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works facility in the UK.
While we were touring the countryside in Texas during the 2015 Ford F-150 event, we spotted several rusted-out cars by the side of the road. But they were not just any old cars. They were the true definition of classics, ripe for the picking as project cars for restoration.
The original Hummer H1, even in civilian grade, never became a bestseller due to its exotic price for what was essentially a bare-bones truck with a CD player. As such, it is pretty rare to spot one, although we have seen a couple up close. However, those trucks still made an attempt to be civilised. So it piqued our interest more when we saw a true military-grade Humvee in the flesh.
When we went to the 2014 Toyota Corolla launch event in Dubai, the last thing we expected to see was the original 1966 model. The fully-restored E10-generation coupe is a far cry from the Corolla of today, but in some ways, represents what the Corolla has been all about for nearly the past five decades.
We don’t run around trying to get photos of ho-hum supercars. And we’ve never shown in real interest in classic cars either. But every once in a while, a car pops up that you just have to snap for posterity. This was one such car, which we later identified as a 1948 Porsche No.1 Type 356, spotted when we were out for a walk on one of Dubai’s artificial waterfronts.
The longest-produced model in the global automotive industry — the Volkswagen Type 2 Microbus, made legendary through portrayals on the silver screen, is going to be phased out.
Classic gems are always pricey. But a classic Mercedes-Benz is a different game altogether. Still, couple the Mercedes-Benz value to Formula One-winning heritage and a legendary driver, you’ll end up with a car that’s well worth US$ 29.65 million, or about Dhs 110,000,000.
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