Lack of stodge

These days, you recommend Toyota to someone, and you get this back: “BORRR-ing.” Then again, that’s been their stock in trade in North America for years: the ultimate automotive appliance.

Dial over to Japan, circa 1982, and you see the very antithesis of that premise:

A few of those actually sneaked into the States, bearing Tercel badges.

(Via Murilee Martin.)


  1. McGehee »

    25 June 2019 · 12:37 pm

    Considering the automobile is a ton or more of very hard material hurtling at high speed among other tons or more of very hard material, also hurtling at high speeds, anything that reduces the excitement level of being trapped inside one of these hurtling hunks ought to be regarded as Not A Bad Thing™.

  2. fillyjonk »

    25 June 2019 · 2:56 pm

    I’m not gonna lie: I love the pure wtf-ery of some of the older (and heck, maybe current, I don’t know) Japanese commercials. Not for nothing there was a classic Simpson’s episode with “Mr. Sparkle” as a central theme.

  3. jsallison »

    25 June 2019 · 9:00 pm

    I would’ve thought the Pontiac Bonneville epitomized ‘boring’, but the ’99 model served me in good stead for over 300,000 miles, bought it from a rental company with 25k on the clock. Would’ve gotten another one if the marque still existed.

    I’m on my second Honda Accord since, with over 400,000, boring, reliable miles between them, first was a trade in with 14k on the clock that I crunched into a barrier on I-44 in an ice storm, 2d a repo with 19k on the clock and pushing 200k as we speak. You commute a 186 mile round trip from Lawton to OKC, reliable is more important than boring. And reliable they have been. I’ll pick up coffee at Stripes, or Loves, for the boring part.

  4. Rob O'Hara »

    25 June 2019 · 9:08 pm

    We owned one of these — an ’84 model! My strongest memory is that my mom bought a light blue model right before a planned vacation to the Grand Canyon, and something went out on it so the dealership ended up loaning us a dark blue one that was also 4WD. Three years later, the Toyota was out and mom upgraded to an ’87 Chevy Astro.

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    26 June 2019 · 7:57 am

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