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I was somewhat inspired by a thread on another forum discussing potential American classic cars from the 80s to today and wondering which ones from this era had a chance of being a classic.

Then I started wondering about Toyota and wondering whether any of the cars of that said era would be a classic. The only cars I could think of that easily qualify are Toyota's sport oriented cars ie. Supra, MR2, Celica GT-Four, AE86, etc. but this is no surprise since any sports car is more interesting than a regular car. Generally the company's top flagship in this case the Lexus LS400 also have an easier time becoming the classic, the LS being the primary reason for the Lexus brand's success makes it probably guaranteed.

Yet I do wonder whether since there is a sense of respect for regular Toyotas from the 80s since this was the era where Toyota finally was noticed and made major gains worldwide in order to become the giant they are today. Perhaps there's some rare Toyota trim level making it a collectible which I forgot about.
 

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xB/bB.

- It's a box. It defies what a stylish car should be yet somehow it's cool to have a box.

- The way it's design, it can easily be a "lowrider". Just slap some 18s and minor body extensions and you've got "the look"

- It's roomy inside so it's just as practical as the next station wagon


My other vote goes to the Sera. The only non-exotic to have a factory gull wing door.
 

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I was somewhat inspired by a thread on another forum discussing potential American classic cars from the 80s to today and wondering which ones from this era had a chance of being a classic.

Then I started wondering about Toyota and wondering whether any of the cars of that said era would be a classic. The only cars I could think of that easily qualify are Toyota's sport oriented cars ie. Supra, MR2, Celica GT-Four, AE86, etc. but this is no surprise since any sports car is more interesting than a regular car. Generally the company's top flagship in this case the Lexus LS400 also have an easier time becoming the classic, the LS being the primary reason for the Lexus brand's success makes it probably guaranteed.

Yet I do wonder whether since there is a sense of respect for regular Toyotas from the 80s since this was the era where Toyota finally was noticed and made major gains worldwide in order to become the giant they are today. Perhaps there's some rare Toyota trim level making it a collectible which I forgot about.
Without a doubt the current Gen Prius.

It turned the entire auto industry on it's head. It was the right vehicle at the right time. BT, SKS, affordable Navi in a midsizer...oh and then the fuel efficiency. It was jawdropping when it debuted in 2003. Look at the MT CoTY issue. It went through everything and said '..we still don't understand how it works..'
 

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So we're not talking about 80's Toyotas only?

-1970-1973 Celica
-1st Gen LS400...I agree with that pick
-1993-1998 Supra TT
-AE-86 I guess...but the good ones were JDM

And these will never be regarded as true classics, but they have an important history.
 

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Are we considering only Toyotas that have been available in the USA? What about Toyotas available in the home (Japanese) market? I would nominate the original 1997 Prius. Although never available in North America, it was the world's first mass-produced hybrid vehicle, beating all others, including Honda. (But here in North America, we think of Honda because Honda keeps pushing the fact that they were the first hybrid vehicle sold in North America.)
 

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Are we considering only Toyotas that have been available in the USA?
Oops I forgot to say no restrictions regarding region.

I can't believe I forgot the Prius. :disappoin
 

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Supra Turbo
MR2 Turbo/Supercharged
Celica GT-Four and the RWD version from the 80s
AE86 GTS only
Scarlet
Chaser
Altezza 3SGE
Corolla TS?? The car that had the 2ZZ suprcharged... I know its available in the UK
Camry? :lol:
 

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Are we considering only Toyotas that have been available in the USA? What about Toyotas available in the home (Japanese) market? I would nominate the original 1997 Prius. Although never available in North America, it was the world's first mass-produced hybrid vehicle, beating all others, including Honda. (But here in North America, we think of Honda because Honda keeps pushing the fact that they were the first hybrid vehicle sold in North America.)
The 1st gen Prius was available in the US.
You are referring to this one right?
 

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This is the Gen 1 Prius in RHD only. Our Gen 1.5 version that we got in 2000 included:

- new NiMH battery (instead of D-Cells)
- engine max rpm raised to 4,500rpm (up from 4,000)
- battery voltage raised (naturally, it's a more powerful battery. Don't know the amperage)
- more engine power
- colour-keyed bumpers (without the plastic strips)
- standard rear spoiler
- 6.5" updated touchscreen
- Some markets got folding rear seats. Obviously we didn't.
- new lightweight alloys
- new taillight cluster






Look closely at the interior shot and you'll notice that the screen is NOT touchscreen and that there's a row of buttons at the bottom.
 

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I really don't think that (other than said Prius, xB/bB, LS400) Toyota has really had another 'hit' that was so successul.
 
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