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80s toyota van wht knmr f copy

     Saw this 1980s Toyota Van while driving through Kenmore/Tonawanda Sunday on the way to the Amherst Theatre to see Grand Budapest Hotel. While this looks like something you might see in the parking lot of any fake Eastern European nation, it was actually a Japanese minivan which was known in the home market as  the MasterAce; other names around the world were Tarago (Australia), Space Cruiser (in some parts of Europe), and Model F (in other parts of Europe as well as in Latin America). In North America, however, it was given the quite unimaginative name of “Van.” You could get these things as passenger vans with seats and windows, or as delivery vans with neither. They soldiered-on here from 1982-89, when the Van was replaced in the export markets by the possibly even-more ungainly-looking and poorly named Previa.

80s toyota van wht knmr r copy— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know

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  • Sean Danvers

    Hey now, the Lite Ace/Master Ace was and is the Toyota HiLux of the minivan world. And for the record, the Previa was the most futuristic looking thing I had ever seen when it came out.

    • Jim Corbran

      Yes, the Previa was furutistic-looking. So was the Pacer.
      Styling is always subjective.