A Young Guy’s First Impression of an Old Classic

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The 360-degree top-down visibility helps you appreciate just how tiny and low the car is, since you can basically see the whole exterior while sitting inside. Cody pointed out that you couldn’t quite reach the ground just by putting your arm out the window, but it was scary/cool to realize how close the pavement was. The gearbox felt tight and solid, and shifting was stress-free. Though I would not call it a “peppy” car, the engine made wonderful sounds just getting up to 35 mph, which felt like 55 mph, and was about all the faster one can go in light traffic on on 39th avenue anyway.

We’ll have to work harder if we want to break the car before the Reno trip in June.

Tony Piff

SCM Auctions Editor and Photographer

Tony has long trumpeted the virtues of collecting Japanese cars. His daily driver is a 1970 Toyota Hilux — the one with the turn signals on top of the fenders. His popular “Rising Sun” column keeps a pulse on the J-tin market.

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