Take a second to essentially submerge your self within the epic radness that’s this Toyota Area Cruiser van on the market on the San Francisco-area Craigslist. Soak within the beautiful tan — virtually rose gold — paint job. Get your fingertips pruny within the clear strains of these vinyl graphics and people powder-coated wheels.
There are over 200 high-res images to scroll through, so take your time. Certainly one of our favourite Instagram accounts, @radreport, is promoting this imaginative and prescient of JDM van life for $15,000, and the itemizing is as informative and insightful because the 1990 Honda CRX Si or the ultra-clean Subaru Legacy Wagon that Rad Report had listed final 12 months. You’re handled to somewhat little bit of historical past earlier than you get to the nuts and bolts of the automobile:
The Vanagon and Eurovan have turn into cult objects, inflated past measure, obsessed and overbid by a category of people that spend extra time imagining “van life” than residing it. It’s bizarre to see a automobile turn into an adjunct—the world’s least dependable purse. However, in fact, principally what you do is grouse with different homeowners and get into prolonged negotiations with some man named Hans or Fritz that will reasonably be engaged on an air-cooled 911.
Possibly if Toyota had found out learn how to launch the Van below an alternate moniker, this isn’t the scenario we’d presently be in. In England, it was referred to as the “Area Cruiser,” an undeniably rad title that does justice to the final lunar transportation vibe it resonates. In Japan, it was referred to as the “Grasp Ace,” which is cool as hell till you by accident put the 2 phrases collectively… Anyway, it was initially marketed below ‘Wonderwagon,” an ideal mannequin title for a automobile with an uncanny quantity of inside house vs. exterior footprint. Why they gave it the repo man remedy, we’ll by no means know.
My objective with this factor has been to honor its marvel. Bringing it out of the realm of quirky-old-thing, in lots of shades of tan, and into the realm of outstanding one-of-a-kind automotive expertise.
Grasp Ace is kind of the unlucky title! Good factor Area Cruiser is within the combine and a fittingly cool title for a cool automotive. This Area Cruiser has working AC and brand-new brakes, and all of the plastics have been cleaned and conditioned. You additionally get a full set of recent shocks, which the vendor purchased simply in case the manufacturing unit stopped making them. There may be an engine gentle on, however the whole lot in regards to the automotive is in excellent working order. The inside is simply as tan and simply as sparking as the outside.
It is a van that has been beloved, and deserves one other robust coronary heart to take care of it. Because the itemizing notes, this factor “…will get extra thumbs up than some other automotive you’ll ever end up in.” It’s a mitzvah to make the world higher by including this automobile to the commutes of mortals in Kias and Nissans.