...or to give it its full title: Toyota Town Ace 1800 High Roof Custom. It’s not really a woody, but hey, it’s got a fake wood strip down the side, so it sort of counts! ;-)
And while it’s not an “epic” car, it does mark the beginning of a major trend in motoring, particularly in Asia - the luxury people mover. Friends of ours recently bought a JDM second hand import Nissan Elgrand - and boy, that is a lounge room on wheels. Only, it’s better equipped than our lounge room.
And people in Asia’s traffic logged mega cities basically live in these things. That might sound a bit like an overstatement - but some spend more than four hours a day just commuting - and the kids often sleep, eat and do their homework in these cars. And so they have all the plugs and connectivity and entertainment screens you can ask for.
Mom can even plug in a noodle cooker or a tea maker and serve snacks on board to keep the family fed. Of course, this late 70s version has far less of this sort of thing - but it is one of the first luxury vans to start the trend.
And if you are an eagle-eyed reader with a keen memory, then you will notice that this Toyota looks an awful lot like the Daihatsu Delta Wide Wagon I showed here earlier.
The Daihatsu was a badge engineered version of the Town Ace, so the similarity is no coincidence.
The model is of course another fabulous Tomica Limited Vintage.