Thursday, August 2, 2012
Lamley Group Model of the Day: Tomica Toyota 86 in red and "special color" silver...
After my long winded post about my foray into Japanese diecast cars, I can't stop now, so here is another, and one I am quite fond of.
However, this is not a classic Japanese car, but it is bound to become one. The Toyota 86, or Scion FR-S, or Subaru BRZ has been an oft-discussed auto this year, especially among the nostalgic set. Having a lightweight RWD will do that.
I have been very excited about this car, and like JNC would like to snag one and file away under "future nostalgia". Well, today I was tempted. The wife and I took in her Subaru Tribeca to the dealership for some upkeep, and the whole drive there I quietly wished for something to be in the parking lot. We got there, were told it would take about 45 minutes, and I shrugged my shoulders and looked at here with a "what to do?" glance.
I knew what to do. Off to the showroom floor, where this was parked outside:
I started chatting with Mario, the salesperson, and got him to open the door. We continued to chat, and I got him to give me the key. Further chatting convinced him to make a copy of my license. Finally Mario was waving to my wife and I as we took the BRZ out for a spin.
I am still smiling. My wife is just happy no one pulled us over, considering the I-15 is littered with public servants and I was trying to see how high the digital display numbers could go.
But what else are you going to do with a RWR car and a manual transmission? (By the way, I want to meet the person that buys one of these as an automatic...) We flew through some mid-day Salt Lake traffic and then gave the car back to Mario.
Word is they are taking delivery of a BRZ Limited in white tomorrow. No one has reserved it. It hurts me that I am not snagging it. One day...
Anyway, I hope to see a diecast company do the BRZ. I am a Subaru nut with two in my garage, so it is probably appropriate for me to take the Subie side. But even without a BRZ I can still scratch that itch with the Tomica Toyota 86.
The Tomica comes in two colors - standard in red, and a special limited version in silver. And I just learned about a special dealer version in black. If I can get my hands on that one it will of course be featured here.
So until I get my real BRZ, Tomica's 86 will do just fine...
Tomica Toyota 86 (red and silver):