The earliest memories that I have of this car was before the hype of the Japanese anime series Initial-D. This was the car that I saw parked regularly in front of a house in Gombak, near Kuala Lumpur during the late 1980s. I was fresh out of high school at the time and basically bothered little about cars. The only thing on my mind those days was get my driver's license, spend time doing absolutely nothing productive with friends and ogle at girls at the local McDonald's. It was bliss. The guy who owned the Levin was a cousin of my schoolmate, and we used to see that car parked outside his grandmother's place every day as he came to pick his kid up after work. During that time, it was another small Japanese sports car that did not really arouse any of my senses. It was just like any other sports car that looked nice and was pretty fast for the time. Comparable to anyone who owned a Honda Quint Integra or a Nissan Sylvia of the era.
The only thought my friend and I had about his cousin as we played badminton in front of his house was that he had a flashy car and that his wife was an ex-stewardess. I think the fact that his wife was an ex-stewardess appealed to me more than the AE86 itself at that point of time. Amazing that a small Japanese sports car that I basically saw everyday became a famous drift car, a cult car as well as an anime and movie star too. I heard later that he used it till around 1995 and sold it off for a bigger car. A bigger family and the fact that it was getting old were the given reasons. He must have sold it for around RM25,000.00 at the time but imagine if he waited to sell it after the anime series as well as the life action movie came out. He could have sold it for RM45,000.00 or slightly more due to the interest in the car.
Twenty plus years on, the new FT86 concept car was unveiled. “FT” standing for “Future Toyota” and it would be good news to all who like driving a smallish rear wheel driven car if it goes into production. I think there is very high chance due to the fact that Toyota is currently lacking in basic sports coupes. There are no more really sporty small Toyota's since the Celica and MRS which were discontinued a few years back. It is about time for one. And if we look at the FT86 in the picture below, the Toyota FT86 G sports kitted version was displayed at the 2010 Tokyo Auto Salon, showing the car off with performance parts for the car; rims, trims and spoilers. This shows that there is a high percentage that Toyota will make this "Future Toyota" into a production Toyota very soon. A picture of a 'stock' FT86 concept is shown after the G sports version pictures.