Before you scream, “Bloody murder, tires that old are dangerous!” they are strictly for shows only.
Motorsports photographer extraordinaire Larry Chen shared photos of what is literally the most detailed and meticulously restored 1972 Toyota Corolla Sprinter Trueno build (nay, factory-level restoration) on Instagram earlier yesterday (July 7, 2020.) The most surprising detail about the build is that every single part on this car is replaced with an OEM part or restored to better-than-new condition, including the tires. Yes, this TE27 (the chassis code for this Corolla) is rocking Bridgestone RD-102 tires from 1972 with the original tires stickers.
OK, so the tires aren’t 50 years old, but they might as well be.
Check out his Instagram post below.
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I've never seen anything like this before. @bigmikemuniz who is known as "the Corolla guy" fully restored this 1972 Toyota Corolla Sprinter Trueno and he found a set of brand new old stock original tires with the sticker intact. These were vacuum sealed back in 1972 in Japan by Toyota for whatever reason. Every single part on this car is brand new or fully restored. This is basically a brand new 50 year old car. He doesn't let the car roll on these tires, when they are not on the car they get deflated and vacuum sealed again for the next show. We shot an almost hour long @thehoonigans Autofocus episode on this car. Also in case you were wondering this car is not for sale, and it's getting donated to the Toyota museum in Japan when Mike is not around anymore. Absolutely insane. @team_wildcards #wild⭐️cards #hoonigan #hooniganautofocus #autofocuslarrychen #autofocus #toyota #toyotausa #corolla #sprintertrueno #toyotacorolla #lifeofchen #sirplease
A quick google search on this build brings up an article from our friends over at Japanese Nostalgic Car when this same ’72 Corolla was displayed in Long Beach. Not only does their post also highlight these OG tires, but editor Ben Hsu goes through just how exhaustive this restoration.
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She's back in the states from Dubai! Hopefully for the last time so I can start driving her around 👍 . . #Early1972 #Toyota #TE27 #Sprinter #Trueno #BigMikeMunizBuilt #NoCompromiseBuild #Wild⭐Cards #HomeGarageBuilt @jaylenosgarage #concoursqualitybuild #MuseumQualityBuilt #TheGentlemanTE27 #BigMikeMunizToyotaTE27Garage
Restored over six years at an estimated overall cost of $150,000, you will not find a better looking ’72 Corolla on planet earth. Every single part from the cooling hoses to the leather door cards are period correct Toyota factory parts.
It’s so fresh that even the steering wheel is wrapped in a protective plastic so oily hands do not accidently stain the factory piece. Even the door cards still have the original plastic, wrapped back in 1972, with Japanese kanji denoting these as spare parts.
And as for those tires, according to Larry Chen’s post,
These (tires) were vacuum sealed back in 1972 in Japan by Toyota for whatever reason. Every single part on this car is brand new or fully restored. This is basically a brand new 50 year old car. He doesn’t let the car roll on these tires, when they are not on the car they get deflated and vacuum sealed again for the next show.
As they stored these in some dark and dusty storage area in Japan, they presumably never suffered the deteriorating affects of sun oxidation. While anyone with half a brain wouldn’t drive with these tires on the street, they are more than likely safe enough to inflate for show duties.
If you are wondering what will eventually happen to this build later on down the road, a quick peek on the owner’s Instagram reveals this Corolla’s headed to the Toyota Automobile Museum in Japan as it’s stipulated in his will.
Larry Chen says The Hoonigans shot an hour-long episode of this build on for a special episode they’ll probably release on Youtube so head on over to their channel, subscribe, and enable notifications by pressing the bell icon so you’ll be the first to know when it drops.