Toyota is currently reprinting four old car parts as GR heritage parts (photo by the author).
The domestic old car boom that shows excitement mainly in sports cars. For example, the Toyota “2000GT” released in 1967 was traded at a price of over 100 million yen, and the Nissan “R32 Skyline GT-R” in 1989 was traded at a price of over 10 million yen. It is showing the appearance of the economy. In recent years, the number of popular models has expanded, centering on sports cars produced in the 1980s and early 2000s, and until a few years ago, the models that were available have become the flowers of Takamine.
Against the backdrop of such a domestic old car boom, automobile manufacturers are also making efforts to reprint and sell repair parts, etc. for the most popular models among the discontinued models. On the other hand, some restorers say, “There are many popular old cars that do not have parts from the manufacturer.” This is due to the small number of models that support the parts resale service developed by manufacturers.
For example, Toyota’s “GR Heritage Parts” has four models (2000GT, A70 / A80 Supra, AE86 Corolla Levin / Sprinter Trueno, 40 series Land Cruiser), and Nissan’s “NISMO Heritage Parts” has three models (R32). / R33 type / R34 type Skyline GT-R), Honda has “NSX” and “Beat”, and Mazda has two models (NA type roadster, FC type / FD type RX-7). Looking at the current situation of each manufacturer, it can be seen that parts resale services are being offered to only a handful of vehicle models.
Reprint of out-of-print car parts, latest trends of Honda and Toyota
So why are manufacturers narrowing down the target models for parts resale despite growing market needs? In fact, I recently had the opportunity to talk to Toyota and Honda about that point. At the automobile aftermarket-related exhibition “19th International Auto Aftermarket EXPO 2022” (March 9-11, Tokyo Big Sight), both companies were exhibiting booths introducing old car parts resale services. ..
At the exhibition, Toyota introduced the start of resale of parts for the light truck “Acty Truck” in addition to the Beat for all models compatible with GR Heritage Parts, but the person in charge of each company will be informed of the service content etc. In addition, I asked my question. We interviewed the policies and issues of the old car parts service provided by both companies, and the circumstances in which it is not possible to increase the number of compatible models, so I would like to introduce them.