Toyota launches heritage range, Honda teaches old dog new tricks
Is that a [restored] Supra? Why yes, yes it is.
Toyota has announced a new initiative - the GR Heritage parts, which will supply Original Equipment (OE) parts for its classic vehicles.
It aims to begin the program by providing parts for the A70 Supra, as well as its ever popular A80 model. Both still maintain a loyal following, with people even swapping its legendary 2JZ-GTE unit into the new BMW Z- sorry, the new 2019 Supra model.
The Japanese auto giant has answered the call from loyal fans and enthusiasts, following in the footsteps of competitor Nissan who started a similar initiative for their 90’s Skyline GTR models.
The A80 Supra. Photo by Tim Meyer on Unsplash
The parts list is currently fairly basic - ranging from weather strips to headlights, though one can hope that this list expands significantly. You can expect values for these classic, sought-after models to increase as well - as anyone owning classic cars will easily be able to give you an idea of how difficult it can be to source parts.
Could Honda be joining the trend soon?
Last month, Honda too announced that they will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the S2000, by introducing new parts at the Tokyo Auto Salon.
At the moment, we have a revised front bumper with a modern look, but other changes including an updated suspension system have also been announced.
But wait, there’s more.
The first ever Civic Type-R (EK9) is also getting some goodies too - currently on display at TAS right now as a reimagining of what attracts the youth of today.
It only makes sense to keep a these models going, not only for enthusiasts, but those who are less interested in what newer models have to offer - or lack thereof.