Toyota to make limited production spare parts for Hachi-Roku through ‘GR Heritage Parts Project'

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One of Toyota’s most iconic nameplates has got to be the AE86.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • What is the Toyota GR Heritage Parts Project?

    It's a project aimed at reproducing spare parts of old Toyota models where they can be sold as authentic Toyota parts.
  • When will the AE86 parts be produced?

    Production will gradually start this month.
  • Where will it be released?

    While Toyota has not mentioned specific regional markets. But it will be released in the Japanese domestic and overseas markets.
  • Thanks to Shuichi Shigeno’s Initial D (the manga and its anime adaptation), many '90s kids — me included — were introduced to the graceful maneuvers and skillful sways of the famed tofu car as it drifted downhill through tight hairpins and the neverending twisties of Mt. Akina.

    Drift King Keiichi Tsuchiya also contributed to the AE86’s commercial success and its rise to becoming a legitimate cult icon.

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    Unfortunately, the same popularity that put Hachi-Roku on the map made it extremely expensive. Moreover, because Toyota stopped producing the AE86 in 1987, sourcing replacement parts to keep the car in good running condition are difficult.

    Luckily, Toyota’s motorsport division, Toyota Gazoo Racing (TGR), announced that it will be reproducing spare parts for both the Levin and Trueno models of the AE86 through the Japanese carmaker’s GR Heritage Parts Project.

    The project reproduces spare parts that have been discontinued and sell them as genuine parts, in order to support customers who wish to continue driving older vehicles. TGR has already reproduced spare parts for the A70 and A80 Supra, the Toyota 2000GT, and the 40 Series Land Cruiser; the AE86 is the next model in the project.

    According to Toyota, the parts will not only be sold in the Japanese domestic market but also overseas.

    Starting this month, and when preparations are complete, TGR will gradually make reproduced parts available for purchase at Toyota dealers, in the same way as normal genuine parts.

    Toyota says that the confirmed reproduction components are rear brake calipers, steering knuckle arms, and rear driveshafts.

    rear-brake-caliper Rear brake caliper
    steering-knuckle-arm Steering knuckle arm
    rear-driveshaft Rear driveshaft

    However, the reproduced parts will only be produced for a limited period with the special cooperation of its suppliers as each reproduced part will only be available for purchase for as long as stocks last.

    Photos from Toyota

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