Rare cars are cool. With just a few thousand RA65 convertibles produced, not too many of them are still on the road. Luckily, most of them were sold in southern California where the weather preserves the few remaining examples, like @justinurbooty's Super Red vert. Hey, did that car just wink at me?
Number 154 in my quest, or maybe obsession, to illustrate every single Toyota variation that was ever sold on our shores. This was another very hard to find model. The second-generation Paseo was only sold for two years, and the convertible was even more rare with 1997 being the single year that it was sold in the US. Good luck finding a tastefully-modified example of one. I don't think that @kanagoon owns his anymore, but I bet he'll still appreciate the blast from the past. Triple thumbs up for the period-appropriate Momo Ferraris!
This is fudging a little bit, since the Corolla Sunrunner actually started life as a hardtop coupe and was transformed into a convertible by Griffith, but since it was sold through Toyota dealers alongside the coupe, sport coupe, liftback, 2-door sedan, 4-door sedan and wagon, I'll let it slide. (Did they have enough Corolla options in the early 80s? Geez!) This pristine example is piloted around Oahu by @eddiewouldgo and sits on a sweet set of old SR5 rims that he's used on various vintage Toys for a quarter of a century!
Let's go to Shizuoka Japan today. This F-Sported Ultrasonic Blue Mica convertible is owned by @hiroki_7117 and sits smartly on some Ghost Line GL402s and Airrex air suspension... well today, anyway. Based on his photos, it looks like Hiroki gets bored of wheels pretty often as I count several different models fitted into those wells over the last couple of years.
Sometimes I spend more time scouring Instagram for a particular model than it actually takes to illustrate the damn car! I had to resort to CarDomain today where TLMNICK has this nicely-accessorized first-gen Solara wearing some TSW Indy 500 wheels. This marks the 134th model in my quest to illustrate every single body variation that Toyota ever sold on our shores.
Back to the 808 for today's Toyota selection. Check out the seafoam green STR 601s and the stance on @masa_fatlace's droptop Solara. Number 120 in my quest to illustrate every Toyota model variation to hit our shores.
I'm back from a week of whitewater rafting the Deschutes River in central Oregon, and while I suppose that I should be illustrating a couple commissions in the queue, or one of the two winners from the last week, I've decided to break from my routine and have fun with these beautiful lines from the late 20s. The Duesenberg Model J Dual Cowl Phaeton is an amazing beast and even though I have never seen one in person (I think) I have to add it to the collection. Let's make it ummm.... green.
There are a few cars that I consider true sports cars: the Miata, the Boxster, the S2000... but for some reason I have never given much consideration to the overlooked Spyder. Light-ish, mid-engined, agile... I think the biggest curse against this poor little car is just that it was massively overshadowed by it's predecessors. Designed by the "genesis team" in conjunction with the Celica and ECHO, the MR2 could have been so much more with the right marketing. I stumbled onto @10mmslacker and his constant car improvement posts and had some fun following along with his build. Gonna keep watching!