A pristine example of a very rare car that had a huge design influence on the Vauxhall Astra, the Renault Megane and the Nissan Leaf.
This is a very rare car that influenced the design of moderns cars such as the Vauxhall Astra, Renault Megane and Nissan Leaf
In beautiful condition inside and out and under the bonnet, very well-looked after, drives like a dream. Very low mileage of only 50k!
This is not a car you see every day, or every year, or……..have you ever seen one? But it looks familiar, like an elongated Vauxhall Astra. This is the Toyota Will VS. They hardly ever come up for sale in the UK. I just imported this from Japan and it’s an absolute peach of a car.
Only 4000 of these were ever made and they weren’t exported outside of Japan. This car was the culmination of a Japanese retro design series of cars comprised of the Toyota Will Vi, the Toyota Will Cypha (look ’em up, they’re quirky) and finally the Toyota Will VS.
It’s a 1500cc automatic, although to look at it you’d think it was some kind of hot hatch. It drives really well. It has a chassis MOT in readiness for registration and will be sold with a V5C in your name. All import duties and VAT are paid and it has its required HMRC NOVA letter.
The Will VS is based on Yaris mechanicals and has the ever-reliable 1NZ-FE 1.5L l4 DOHC engine.
The bodywork is excellent, completely straight, no dents or dings to speak of except a small dent on the underside of the left sill and absolutely no rust.
The interior is similarly excellent. The sports seats are unmarked and firm, the embossed carpets are in clean and unworn condition, there are a few marks to the central console storage lid as you might expect.
The dashboard is just beautiful with its retro red display.
It has low profile tyres and alloys wheels.Plenty of tread on the tyres and the alloys are in good condition with a little crazing in the centre of a couple of them. They still look really good on the car though.
The in car entertainment is of high quality with front and rear door speakers. It has a CD and MiniDisc player as well as AM/FM radio. Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) cars have a narrow frequency range on the radio so you’ll only receive Radio 2, however, this is easily overcome by using a bluetooth transmitter we’ll give you, which plays all media from your smartphone through the car’s hifi and also serves as a handsfree ‘phone.
What else can I say about this car? An absolute head-turner. So many people have stopped by to ask what it is. It’s in outstanding condition and as rare as hen’s teeth without being hard to maintain.
The following is from Wikipedia:
The WiLL VS was years ahead of its rivals in car design when it was first introduced in 2001. It was formally introduced at the 2001 Los Angeles Auto Show, as a precursor to the introduction of Scion to North America. It was manufactured at Kanto Auto Works. Inspiration for the design of the WiLL VS was said to have been derived from the Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk Stealth Fighter. It also has many appearance similarities to the Renault Avantime.
The WiLL VS came in three levels of trim. The top of the range model came with alloy wheels, fog-lamps, body kit and tiptronic gearshift. Models are available in automatic transmission, tiptronic, and a six-speed manual, powered by Toyota’s 1800 cc VVT-I engine offering 140 hp or VVTL-I engine offering 180 hp, which is the unit in the higher spec Toyota Celica. The VS joined the revised Vi, renamed the Cypha, and offered WiLL buyers the choice of a wider car with a more powerful engine. The width dimensions of the VS exceeded Japanese Government regulations that taxed vehicles based on exterior dimensions, which buyers of the VS were liable.
In spite of its success in the Japanese market, where the WiLL VS had a cult following, the model was never released overseas. Production of the WiLL VS was stopped circa 2004 and a replacement model was never announced, much to the disappointment of its fans. Nevertheless, some would argue that there was no need to replace the WiLL VS for at least another decade given its futuristic design that some of the newer cars were only beginning to adopt. This would include trend-setting features such as the rakish body shape, aerodynamic angles, projector-style headlamp cluster (regarded as revolutionary in 2001), illuminated speedometer and clear LED tail lights.
The WiLL VS is one of the few concept vehicles that went into production, albeit only in small numbers, only 4,000 were ever produced. In the years to follow, several other vehicles have taken styling cues from the WiLL VS, most notably the 2004 Vauxhall Astra and the Renault Megane.