You might start to see classic Toyota models at new-car dealers — at least at their parts counters.
That’s because Gazoo Racing, the enthusiast-oriented division operating within Toyota, is expanding its Heritage Parts Project by adding bits and pieces not seen in a Toyota parts catalog in decades.
For instance, drivers of the classic FJ40-generation Land Cruiser — which was sold here in various forms for the better part of 30 years — will soon be able to order starters, brake master cylinders, and weatherstripping directly from Toyota dealers.
Additionally, owners of the A70-generation Supra sports car sold between the mid-1980s and the early 1990s will be able to buy more driveline components that have long been unobtanium. Those with later A80-generation Supra models from the 1990s can place orders for suspension parts and ignition cylinders long unavailable.
Automakers phase out building new parts for discontinued vehicles as recently as a few years after they are replaced or dropped from their lineups. Contrary to popular belief, no law or regulations require the manufacturers to continue producing parts after a model has been discontinued. Demand for parts fitting older models tends to drop precipitously, though a few enthusiast-oriented models will always have a following.
Toyota is one of few automakers to reissue parts for vintage models to its catalog, though its selection of factory-backed parts pales compared to Mercedes-Benz and Porsche. See Toyota models for sale