Jul 6, 2014

Abandoned Toyota Crown in Usa, Oita. A VERY interesting story on this one.

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I was walking around the neighborhood when I saw this car. While this may not seem like anything crazy to you, I was blown away. What you are looking at is a (roughly) 1985 S120 Toyota Crown Royal Saloon. Wikipedia:

"Launched in 1983, this model used all three versions of the 5M 2.8-liter engine, the 5M carburetted version, 5M-E single overhead cam (SOHC) fuel-injected version, 5M-GE double overhead cam (DOHC), 1G-GE 2000 cc DOHC, M-TE 2000 cc single overhead cam (SOHC) Turbo, M-E 2000 cc SOHC, 2L-TE 2400 cc SOHC Turbo Diesel or 2L 2400 cc SOHC Diesel engines. Base versions use the new 2-liter 1G-E engine which replaced the old 2-liter version of the M series. The "van" version of the station wagon (the GS126V as well as the GS136V in the following series) used its own unique variant of this motor (the 1G-EJ). The lower grade models were available with Toyota's F292 live axle rear suspension while the rest introduced 4-wheel independent suspension on the Crown for the first time.

The S120 was available in Hardtop sedan (frameless door glass), sedan and wagon versions. The Super Saloon and Royal Saloon versions were packed with features such as dual zone climate control, front and rear stereo and A/C control buttons, parcel shelf mounted refrigerator, automatic headlights, reading lamps for all outboard seating positions, tilt & telescoping steering column, glovebox mounted courtesy mirror among many things. One distinctive styling feature of this generation was the use of a clear panel with patterned backing for the C-pillar trim on the sedans. This is also the last model to be assembled in Port Melbourne, Australia from Australian Motor Industries. For the Japanese market only, Toyota made the 190 hp (142 kW) Twincam 12-valve 3.0-liter 6M-GE available on the Royal Saloon for the mid cycle update. This engine is a popular swap for 5M-GE powered Supras and Cressidas of the same period."

Upon coming around the corner, I saw this thing lurking in-between two panel gaps in the covered parking lot. It looked like it was in bad shape so I know it hadn't been driven in a while. Now, in Japan, old cars like this usually get thrown away, because they have no value to the average Japanese. Sometimes people even pay a car shop or recycler money to haul it away.

The 3.0 alone was worth salvaging... It's not super rare, but rare enough and in demand enough that the old car guys would want to buy it for a swap or spare. 3.0 baby!

I was telling the vice president of a Kindergarten that I teach at, and he told me a story that REALLY peaked my interest in this car.

This all happened about 12 years ago... Apparently, this man loved his car, and despite it being old (really old by Japanese standards), he routinely serviced it, as well as washed it and detailed it weekly. Nobody knows who was involved, but one evening he was murdered. The police never caught the murderer. His wife has not moved the car since, and pays the 40 dollars a month fee to keep the car as a memorial to her husband.

For me this is too good of a jump off point for a manga, anime, or live action movie....

It really has inspired me to write some kind of film about this car.... but I have to finish Drift Girl first... more on that later. I've got too much on my plate as it is right now.

This story is just a little crazy, yeah?

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