February 26, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Posted in Magazines | Leave a comment
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The new issue of New Zealand Classic Car appeared in the mailbox this morning. And one item in particular caught my attention, I’m sure you can geuss which, given my proclivity to posting pictures of old J-tin. The early Toyota segment featured the oldest Toyota in NZ, a 1963 Toyota Toyopet Publica, privately imported from Western Samoa at some point and fully restored by a Toyota dealer in the late 1980s/early 90s (the article doesn’t state exactly when).  Also featured is a 1969 Corolla KE10, a completely original 1969 RT40 Corona, a 1974 Corolla KE20, a 1974 MS65 Crown Super Saloon and a one-owner 1984 Cressida. Also covered is Toyota NZ’s 1967 RT40 Corona, what is thought to be the first Toyota ever built in NZ.

I think that it’s great that Japanese Classics of all ages are getting recognition in the classic car scene, where they have previously been dismissed by many nay-sayers, and coverage like this in NZ’s premier classic car magazine can only help improve their status.

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