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Quirky Rides?

We have a preoccupation with quirky cars and other vehicles. They all have a story behind them.

We acquire rare, unusual and quirky cars for private clients and for film, TV, media, advertising and promotional projects. If you need something odd with wheels, you’ve come to right place whether you’re Joe or Josephine Bloggs looking for an inexpensive future classic or corporate client needing any number of vehicles for a movie.

If you’re looking for something we don’t have on our Cars page then just email info@quirkyrides and tell us what you’re looking for.

We first became known as a consequence of our involvement in the Man From UNCLE movie for which we supplied more than a dozen vehicles, including some of the main players as you can see from the movie trailer.

Quirky Rides supplied a number of cars for the Man From UNCLE movie

We collaborate with people you may have heard of on projects related to quirky rides of all descriptions, so watch this space for future developments.

There are many reasons to be interested in the cars that people have forgotten, laugh at or that “made it” but still look odd.

Some of the oddball cars we’re interested in had a major impact on car design, whether it’s the transition from electric cars (which were the norm before the internal combustion engine ever sat in a car) to petrol/diesel and back again, or the preoccupation with aerodynamic form and the need to reduce drag coefficient, the expression of national pride and preoccupation shown in the US “Space Race” cars of the 1950s and 1960s, or the fantastic curios that emerged from the Eastern side of the Iron Curtain during the Cold War.

This initial blog post is just by way of saying “hi” to you all and to thank you for your interest in what we do. Stay tuned for regular blog posts on all kinds of quirky rides, events and happenings for those who find themselves diagonally parked in a parallel universe.

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Toyota Will Vi

Toyota Will Vi
A rare Japanese “retro” car from 2000.

The WiLL Vi is a subcompact car, produced from 2000 to 2001, with distinctive styling combining elements of many cars. The WiLL Vi was designed by the then newly formed Virtual Venture Company, headed by Jim Shimizu. The unique-appearing reverse-raked rear window had earlier appeared on the Mazda Carol, the Ford Anglia (1959–1968), and the Citroen Ami. The “neo-retro” look represented a period in Japan where vehicles took on the styling of historic vehicles from the 1950s and 1960s, such as the Nissan Be-1Nissan FigaroNissan Pao, the Toyota Origin, the Subaru Vivio Bistro, and the Mitsubishi Minica.

The car was equipped with MacPherson struts for the front wheels and a torsion beam axle for the rear wheels. The car was painted in a number of pastel colors, and the plastic wheel covers resemble sand dollars. One of the few options was a canvas roof, and the vehicle was installed with bench seats for both front and rear passengers, with the gearshift installed on the dashboard.

Quirky Rides has 2 of these rare gems, one of which has the “ragtop” canvas roof. They’re based on the mechanicals and running gear of the Toyota Yaris Mk1 so it’s very easy to source parts and maintain this very reliable car.

The interior is unlike anything you’ll have previously seen with its bench seats, column-mounted gear lever (it’s an automatic) and quirky but useful and functional dashboard.design.

Toyota Will Vi interior
The quirky interior of the Toyota Will Vi

Have a look on our Cars page to see more about the Toyota Will Vi and other quirky cars we have for sale.