Probably some of you are glad to see the last of Toyota Week. You can blame me (who else?); when I started writing the 1969 Corona CC, it really came home to me just how significant that car was. And GN’s splendid collection of vintage reviews, which is the best thing that’s happened to CC in a while, pushed me over the edge.
Eugene is Toyota City, Oregon. It’s by far the most prominent brand, although Subaru is undoubtedly giving it a run for the money. And the town is full of old ones, so my files are brimming with them. I’ve written up many of them over the years, but there’s still dozens that have never been posted. So here’s just a random sample of the Toyotas that you didn’t see this week.
I’ve done a CC for the gen1 Tercel Liftback, but here’s a two door sedan. I spotted a bright red one the other day, but didn’t even stop, as I have a few others too.
This 4A-C E86 Corolla coupe lives down a cross street from us, and has for many years. And it still gets used.
There were two of these Cressida woodys around town for a long time. Now one had been turned into a bosozuko-style custom.
Here’s a sweet circa 1975 Corolla wagon.
This is the successor to the one above. We’ve been walking by this one for many years, and it’s still in regular use.
These folks like old Toyota vans. The one in front is a 4×4 version.
This one is a rather unusual Westfalia-like pop-up camper.
This Hilux has a heavy load.
One of Toyota’s most brilliant cars.
One of the later Cressida wagons, serving as someone’s home on wheels.
Are there lots of Prii in Eugene? Did you have to ask. Even two green gen1 versions randomly found together.
This is one of my favorite pictures ever. I was shooting these three parked Prii with a Continental Mark V in the back, when another one photo bombs the shot. Yes; there are a lot of these here.
I saw this one around town on the streets for ages before I finally caught up with it. It’s a plum.
This Corolla Liftback and ’72 Cadillac hung around in this spot for many years. I’ve written up the Caddy; it was my very first CC. The last time we walked by recently, the Caddy was gone. The Toyota outlasted it….symbolic.
During the Great Hatchback Era, even the staid Corona got one.
This one’s for long-time CC reader MikePDX, who used to have one.
An older Land Cruiser sporting a nice shade of green.
Another classic Corolla wagon.
And the Land Cruiser behind it.
A Camry wagon with twin wipers on the back window. These were/are rather highly coveted, as there were no more Camry wagons after it.
I probably showed you this before, but a foam-covered Toyota Chinook is something that deserves a second look.
A Eugene “ricer”.
I shot this late Corona wagon just the other day. And there’s a Corolla wagon in the parking lot. There’s not as many really old Toyotas around anymore, but we haven’t seen the last of them yet. Which means there’s plenty of material for another Toyota Week. Or two.