The Jeep-like FJ40 Land Cruiser is one of the most collectible and capable classic 4-wheel drives but there is another Land Cruiser lurking. As we have said before, it is the favorite 4X4 of the Taliban, all sorts of terrorists and the UN – the Toyota FJ62 Land Cruiser. Okay, so maybe they prefer the less flashy white and not today’s metallic beige, but you have to admit seeing news footage of screaming terrorists waving rifles out of the windows of these Cruisers. Read More
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The Toyota Supra has always had a big and loyal following. When they first entered the market it, along with the Celica, was known as the Japanese Mustang. But in the 90s, the Supra really stood out. They became powerful, well-built sports cars and some say a technology tour de force. This ’94 is a good example of one that hasn’t been drifted into oblivion. It looks pretty stock except for the wheels but the originals go with the car. Now this one is an automatic and when you talk Turbo, you shouldn’t thumb your nose at a well set-up automatic. Read More
We love survivors of all kinds. That simply means it doesn’t matter too much what it is, if it is really old and has avoided the pitfalls of aging, then it is interesting. Well, we may want to modify that statement a wee bit since you probably won’t be seeing a low mileage Chevy II unless it is a 396cid, 4-speed car. Today’s survivor is what we and others call the Japanese Mustang. We are pretty sure our pony car inspired Toyota to come up with something similar and in their wheel house. The Supra has its roots in the rare Toyota 2000GT since the M-Series engine that powers the early Supras is a version of that engine. The Supras design is influenced by the Celica that was designed in California by Toyota’s Calty Research Center. The Supra was longer to accommodate the inline 6-cylinder engine. Read More
If you ever watch a Mecum or Barrett-Jackson auction on TV you will have undoubtably seen a restored FJ40 cross the block at almost 6 figures. Insane as it is, FJ40s have become the daring of the restored 4X4 crowd. Maybe that isn’t so insane since Icon4X4 has made a living selling recreations of FJ40s at over $135,000. What is the allure? We can’t really say for sure. The FJ40 is basically a slightly better Jeep than a Jeep. After all, they were virtual copies of the Jeeps left behind during the war. Read More
Sometimes a car will find its way onto Mint not because it is rare but because so few survive in fine condition. The Rambler American we featured today falls into that category. And now the Rambler has company with this really sweet Toyota Celica ST. The styling of the Celica has really held up over the years. This one has a few too many doo-dads on it like the dealer installed vinyl roof and side stripes but they were popular back then so we will give it a pass. Read More
The Toyota Supra Turbos have a unique following. They are the favorite of the tuner generation and we can understand why. The Supra, like today’s featured ’89 Turbo, is a good car waiting to be great. Back in ’89 Car & Driver wrote nice things about the package and the value it represents compared to the Porsche 944 Turbo. The Porsche being two times the price but according to C&D, the Porsche is more refined. The Supra was fast, turning in a respectable 144mph (153 claimed) but the engine lost its composure at the upper rpm range. Read More
We are huge fans of the FJ40 having owned one in recent history. They are robust and very capable off-roaders and just the devil on the highway. This one looks like one of the nicest examples restored to original condition.
We thought we would contrast the classy, original Land Rover Series 2A in original condition with a challenger. In this case the challenger is a fully restored Toyota FJ40. This is a very nicely kitted example in a great color for a Cruiser. It has a hi-lift jack, shovel and roof rack plus a host of suspension upgrades. Read More
We try very hard keeping our cars in perfect condition. That doesn’t mean we put them in a plastic bubble and never drive them. It means we keep them clean and serviced frequently. But no matter how hard we try; they do start to show their age with bumps and grinds littering their landscape. Read More
This model was the first Land Cruiser we owned and it was a good ride. They are virtually indestructible and very capable off-road. Mind you there isn’t one computer on this Cruiser yet it still manages to claw its way out of every bog you go through. Read More
Okay, if it weren’t a station wagon, it wouldn’t be here. Vintage station wagons are just fun cars to have. You know you always need something to haul around stuff on occasion but not frequently enough to buy a new Mercedes-Benz E350. So why not get a cool wagon with that period Japanese funky styling. Read More
There isn’t too much to say about this Toyota other than it has only 18,000 miles and looks brand new. We see cars like this from time to time and they aren’t really collectible but totally useable cars that are great conversation starters. Yes, you’ll be paying 2 or 3 times what other Celica GTs are going for but this one has a cool factor that will get you noticed. Read More
Every year, those who are truly passionate about the collector car hobby either descend on the Monterey Peninsula or are glued to the computer monitor or TV to watch the action at the auctions live. All of the best auction houses are represented and the competition for top offerings in keen. You’ll see great cars at Goodings, RM Auctions, Mecum, and Christies. I am sure I left out a few. There are plenty of cars in all price brackets so don’t think this is just for the Gulfstream IV set. We decided to take a break at offering you new featured cars with so many available in California. What we will do is try as best we can to report on sales. We’ll be a bit specific, and show you auction results on cars that we would typically feature on Mint. So there will be that eclectic mix that our readers like so much.
Let’s start with a look at the RM Auction Catalog (click on the cover). There is an enormous amount of information on the 500+ offerings at RM. Each description has an auction estimate and hopefully we can fill in with the final hammer price as the week progresses. Now on to some auction results from Mecum…
Mecum always has a good mix of affordable and outragious cars at any of their auctions. But at Monterey, we think they do search out a fair amount of imported and sports cars. So their tagline “Muscle Cars and More…” is true here. Click on each image for a larger size.
- 1970 Ford Bronco V8 SOLD at $25,000
1969 Jaguar SOLD at $39,000
You don’t know why you want this but you do. Sounds like a country western song about a horse. The HJ45 is kin to the perennial favorite Cruiser the FJ40. We don’t see them often here because they were not imported by Toyota. So this truck came from somewhere else and in this case that place is Central America. It looks ready to do battle with anything. Read More
There really isn’t too much to say about this FJ60 other than it is in remarkable condition – for an FJ60. At least for us east coast residents. These are so rare in rust-free original condition that when one comes available, we feel obligated to let you know. The FJ60s are wonderful vehicles and are almost indestructible. Perhaps that is why in addition to it being an Australian Outback favorite, it is seen in the remotest parts of the Middle East and Africa. And you’ll see them lining the streets in Williamsburg, Brooklyn too. Read More