Toyota Will Vi Ragtop White

The Toyota Will Vi Ragtop with its reverse-raked rear window is a JDM car for an individual. It also happens to be a joy to drive. This is our 4th Will Vi and it’s because we like them so much.

These are rare cars. Only a few thousand were made for the Japanese Domestic Market. It’s one of the rarer JDM cars in the UK and was made as part of the “Will Project” in 2000-01, a lifestyle design project that included a number of leading Japanese brands in collaboration.

It’s from a design-inspiring period in Japanese consumer design. The car was built in 2000 but you wouldn’t believe that to look at it or to drive it. It has 40000 miles (66000km) on the clock.

This example arrived minus a wing mirror so we replaced both with retro style chrome mirrors and set them off by adding VW Beetle style chrome-coated wheel trims and knobbly tyres, making this a totally unique car.

If you buy this car you’ll not only be driving a really nice & reliable Toyota car, you’ll also be driving a rare piece of Japanese automotive history that will increase in value over time, not reduce. Use it as a daily driver or a weekend/show car. It’ll get lots of attention. It’s a car ahead of its time; very few were made & there are fewer than 20 of these in the UK

Parts, should it need any, are widely available & inexpensive as the Toyota Will Vi is based on the Yaris chassis and running gear, including the famously good 1298cc 2NZ-FE 1.3 L I4 DOHC VVT-i engine. The engine is lively & responsive as you’d expect from this low mileage example. 

It has automatic, column-mounted transmission and is absolutely lovely to drive.

It has air conditioning, central locking, electric front windows, remote release for boot and fuel filler cap.

The retro interior is in excellent order. The beige bench seats are comfortable and in very good condition as you’d expect from a low mileage car.

The speedo and odometer are measured in KM. An electronic “heads up display” can easily be acquired for less than £20 if you prefer MPH.

Japanese imports are routinely in much better condition that UK cars of a similar age. This is partly due to the lack of salt on Japanese roads and partly due to the Japanese culture of taking care of your own and others’ property. This rust-free, low mileage example does have a few bodywork imperfections, which are reflected in the price, but really nothing major as you can see from the photographs.

Price: £3250.

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