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Woody Wednesday: Toyota Town Ace Custom

...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! ;-)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Daihatsu was a badge engineered version of the Town Ace, so the similarity is no coincidence.

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The model is of course another fabulous Tomica Limited Vintage.

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