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Toyota Begins Reissuing Parts for Older Models


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

Andrew Ganz
Andrew Ganz
Andrew Ganz is an author specializing in helping in-market consumers get the most bang for their buck -- and the best car, while they're at it. When not virtually shopping for new and used cars, Andrew can probably be found under the hood of a vintage classic that's rapidly losing fluids.

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  1. That is awesome, i learned to drive back in the 80s when i was around 12/13 in a 1957 Land cruiser me and my dad found in a salvage yard, i grep up in a farm so we never tagged it, never had brake lights or anything fancy like that,lol, it was a blast!! i use to paint that thing every month a different color with rattle cans,it was rough of course but it was mine and i loved it.

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