Motorcycles Watch Lada And Toyota Roar To Life After Year Buried In Mud
Prototype Toyota 2000GT Headlines Classic Car Auction In Tokyo
If you've ever wanted to see what the classic car scene looks like in Japan, check out this weekend's BH Auction in Tokyo. As cool as it is to daydream about buying rare cars at domestic auctions, sometimes it's more exciting to see what types of automotive forbidden fruit are being auctioned off in other countries. Take this weekend's BH Auction in Tokyo, example. While this is a small auction – just 22 lots – what it lacks in size it more than makes up for with some ultra-rare vehicles. Each vehicle holds its own significance, but the 1969 Toyota 2000GT "MF12L" is probably the most exciting car at the auction.
Clean off the mud, install a new battery, and add some fuel is all it takes to bring these crushed cars back to life.
It's easy to forget how much of an engineering marvel that the internal combustion engine is. A network of precisely engineered pieces can carry you hundreds of thousands of miles with relatively minor maintenance. For a true torture test, see what happens when some Russians try to start aand after burying them in a marsh for a year. Warning: there's some slightly salty language in these videos, so keep your surroundings in mind if watching without earbuds.
New Toyota e-Racer concept is fun, self-driving two-seater
Concept revealed at Tokyo points to the capacity for autonomous cars to cater to driving enthusiastsThe car was unveiled on stage by Toyota boss Akio Toyota, but no details - including technical or performance - were given about it beyond its name. As such, it is believed to be a concept in the truest sense, pointing merely to the fact that electric vehicles can be fun.
From the beginning, the host is confident about getting the Lada going but is less certain about reviving the Toyota. Sure enough, getting the Russian vehicle going isn't too hard. The job requires getting the mud out of the air intake, cleaning off the spark plugs, and installing a fresh battery. Make sure the exhaust can breathe and spray some starter fluid into the carb. After a little wheezing, the powerplant comes to life. While not shown in this video, the host also changed a gasket on the carburetor.
As expected, the Toyota engine isn't quite as easy to restart. Much of the work is the same, including getting all the much out of the intake, adding a fresh battery, and cleaning the spark plugs. There's lots of water in the engine, too, but turning it over with the spark plugs out of the way pumps the liquid out. Once done, the Russians add a little fresh oil. The mill briefly comes to life by spraying starter fluid into the carb but not for long. Some gasoline is enough to get things going, though.
2020 Toyota RAV4 plug-in hybrid revealed ahead of LA Auto Show debut
The "most powerful RAV4 yet" is set to debut at 2019 LA Auto Show.Rather than focusing purely on the fuel economy benefits of the current RAV4 Hybrid, Toyota has chosen to also emphasize the performance advantages of the electrified variant, which is more powerful, slightly faster and a more enjoyable drive than the non-hybrid. It's an interesting strategy that Toyota claims is responsible for a 150-percent increase in RAV4 Hybrid model sales over the previous generation.
To see what these machines looked like before they went into the mud and when they came out, check out the video below. The vehicles were certainly worse for wear after a year underground. The weight of the earth crushed them, and it was a particularly wet year so dirt flooded into the broken windows. The guys weren't very careful when pulling the cars out of the hole, either, including ripping the front end off the Lada.
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