Don’t think of this next car as a big white Camry…because while it might share the same basic bland styling direction as a contemporary Toyota, it is superbly well refined example of the horseless carriage. And for all the people who ridicule the meh…zzz styling, the other side of the coin is the new Predator face grill LS500 or the similarly old Bangled butt on a 7-series…which is a great shopping comparison vehicle. Except the Lexus is quieter on the inside, more reliable, cheaper to maintain, and just as executive in execution. This next example is low in miles and high in class — it just needs a few JDM finishing points like a bumper pole and a Crown Athlete grill. Find this 2008 Lexus LS460 offered for $18995 buy-it-now or make-offer located in Stafford, TX via ebay.
The 3rd generation S5 (1967-1971) Toyota Crown isn’t a car you see often on the streets in North America — probably because it wasn’t sold here in large quantities and many were lost to rust. You can’t blame poor parts supply because Toyota has always been good about supporting their used models unlike other auto […]
The 8th generation Toyota Crown (S130) was introduced in 1987 and sold all the way through 1999 in sweet wagon form, but you wouldn’t know it on this side of the pacific. Apparently Toyota’s USA product planners thought we only wanted terrible front-drive economy cars and the few cool things they brought over here were badged as Lexus…and the Crown was saved for the JDM crowd. But, today is your lucky day because someone managed to get a 7 passenger rear-drive 1JZ-GE Crown Wagon all the way into Washington state. It looks cartoonish dropped on airbags, but undeniably cool. Find this 1993 Toyota Crown Wagon offered for $9,850 in Seattle, WA via craigslist.
This next car comes with a bit of a surprise for even the biggest car enthusiasts. At first glance it looks like something from the 1970s — chrome bumpers that look to be JDM or derubberfied, and the interior looks like beige muppet skin straight out of the 1980s and underhood the low vacuum hosed […]
Sales of Ford’s legendary Crown Victoria sedan stopped for the general public after the 2007 model year, but fleet sales continued through 2011. Legend has it that many police departments put in large orders for the aging Panther platform beast because they were concerned about the reliability of the replacement vehicles from Chevy/Ford/Dodge, but if […]
As automotive connoisseurs, we know in our hearts that the manual gearbox is the only correct way to send power to the rear wheels. Likewise, we know that a wagon is the only way to move large amounts of humans (living or otherwise) and cargo about. Our loved ones at best tolerate us for our […]
The 3rd generation Toyota Crown (S50) was built from 1967 to 1971 as the premium full sized offering from Toyota. It was powered by R-series inline-4 or M-series inline-6 engines and offers lethargic performance with cool JDM looks…but who needs to go fast when you can look good sitting still? Find this 1969 Toyota Crown […]
The Imperial was a high end luxury automobile from Chrysler that was so exclusive it spawned its own brand. The Imperial name had been used since 1926 to identify Chrysler Corp.’s top end luxury cars, but in 1955 Chrysler spun off an entire brand to compete with Lincoln and Cadillac. During the second generation (1957-1966) […]
The 3rd generation Toyota Crown (S50) was built from 1967 to 1971 as the premium full sized offering from Toyota. It was powered by R-series inline-4 or M-series inline-6 engines and offers lethargic performance with cool JDM looks. Stuff a more powerful engine under the hood and the performance will match the cool factory…now…what is […]
In 1964 Chrysler introduced a new edition of their Imperial Crown high end luxury sedan. The new version put to bed the 50’s tailfins and chrome of the Virgil Exner designed Imperials, and the Elwood Engel designed 1964 model featured slab sides (you might recognize them from Engel’s ’61 Continental design) and razor-edged lines. It […]