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Aloha from Cecil...my 48 year old Toyota Celica ST.  I bought her along with a pair of really “groovy” bell bottoms from a  Local Toyota dealership in 1972.  No longer have the bell bottoms, but “Cecil” is still going strong.  Only change I’ve made is the paint job.  She was painted this Color green in 1975 (It was ocean blue when I bought it) and It spent years parked outside. You gotta love the California weather for car preservation!       My dream is to restore the original color back and re -apply the racing stripes that were on it when I bought it.  It Took me a few years to find the OEM decals but I have them...Also I will be hooking the   8 track speakers back up on the optional tape deck I bought for her.......Now to find my 8-track tape albums???  In the meantime, you can find me cruising around the Torrance/Redondo Beach area playing what ever I can find on the original AM stock radio with my windows rolled up because the air conditioner will be on and works as good as the day I bought it.  Very 😎 cool!!!!  Please wave,  We’ll give you a honk!!

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My 2003 Mazda Miata SE, 1549 produced all this color. I’m the 3rd owner, car has been in Florida since new. It’s in great shape being mostly dealer maintained since new. It’s a hoot to drive and fits a full set of golf clubs in the trunk. What could be more special!

 

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This is my 1988 Toyota Celica ST.  After driving various imports my entire life, I found myself no longer owning a car with a manual transmission in 2014.  I moved and became more involved in the local car scene in 2016. In 2018 I was both ready for an additional car and missing manual shifting. I wanted an 80s era car for the reliability, reasonable price tag, and because that was really the generation of cars I grew up with. I found this car locally in Tucson.  It had been a snowbirds car that was only used 3 months for its first 30 years.  It had 63,500 miles and spent its life garages.  The car had plenty of deferred maintenance, but had not been abused.  The only modifications are adding the passenger side mirror from a junkyard find and replacing the original 13 inch steel wheels with wheels from a 2000 MR2 Spider.  It is a joy to drive, clean, and show.  

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Here’s a 1977 Datsun 280Z, 2.8L, fuel injected, 5 speed, manual steering, power nothing, but it’s so fun.   Kingston, Ontario, Canada 

It’s a treat to own...super reliable, daily driver.  The way I’ve kept it so nice, north of the American rust belt, is ...undercoat, and then undercoat some more... greasy on the bottom, and shiny on top.😎

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 Yes, I’m the original owner of this 1987 Toyota Corolla GTS, notch back coupe!

I looked in almost every dealership in Southern Ontario, (Canada) to find this fully optioned coupe. Most dealers only had the hatchback version.

My two toned metallic, paint, power sunroof, AM stereo, FM stereo, ETR  cassette, aluminum alloy wheels and Toyota floor mats was my first brand new car. It is all original other than the usual wear items, brakes, shocks, tires, ignition wires, and a little bit of body work around the rear wheels. Not too bad for an AE-86 with a 165,000 km on the stock 4AGE power plant. 

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Many years ago my Dad had 3 young sons. Unfortunately, his 280Z Zzap edition he owned at the time didn’t have a back seat, so he had to trade his Z for a vehicle more family oriented. Because of that massive sacrifice, a friend and I built this 74 260Z for his 55th birthday. It was delivered to him outside his garage with the original key inside a jewelry case as the garage door was being raised. Beautiful Florida driver! Thanks again Pops!!!

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1992 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR-4

 

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I love seeing all these beautiful Mazda’s - when I’m at a show it’s usually me and 20 Miatas. This is my 1984 RX7 with 34933 original miles. I went looking for a sensible sedan, saw this on the showroom floor, and bought it. I couldn’t even drive it - had to wait for my parents to come home from vacation so my Dad could go pick it up with me. He gave me my 1st stick shift driving lesson leaving the dealership. He’s also the one who gave me a junker car so that I could put the RX away during our Buffalo winters. He told me “ that car’s going to be special some day.” I wouldn’t have it now if it wasn’t for him and my parents still show up at every show I enter. 

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Thank you very much.

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Beautiful Z’s, Dave!