Sometimes you can spend ages at car meets waiting for a truly interesting car to turn up without success, only for one to pop up when you least expect it. In this case, I was driving to work when the pristine AE86 you see here pulled out of a side road and joined the rush hour traffic, leaving me more than a little taken aback! Luckily, a number of my friends knew the owner and invited her down to the Northwest Automotive meet at Krispy Kremes that I covered in my last post, allowing me to get a closer look at the car!
This is Lauren’s AE86, and yes, that’s Lauren as in a girl. While it may seem sexist, it’s not an unknown fact that women are a bit thin on the ground in the modified car scene!
Unlike the majority of AE86s that get posted around the internet, this one isn’t beat up, slammed and wearing a set of Watanabes or SSRs. It’s clean, and by that I mean seriously clean.
The spec is beautifully simple, with nothing too flashy or over the top. Under the bonnet modifications are limited to a K & N air filter, Apekusera Inc 4-1 Manifold and HKS cams, with a Tanabe Medallion exhaust helping the 4A-GE lump to breath better.
Keeping all four wheels on the ground are a set TRD blue dampers and springs and a set of roll centre adjusters, while a 2-way LSD at the rear helps keep this little Hachiroku sideways!
On the inside things are a little bit more modern, with a Bride bucket seat and Momo steering wheel adding some flair to the driving experience.
Oh, and did I mention the replacement dash cluster!?
As I said before, whilst this Sprinter Trueno might not be following modern trends, it’s refreshingly OEM and is in fantastic condition, especially so when you consider it’s 26 years old!
And did I mention that this car gets driven hard!? Stay tuned for some Hachiroku streeto action…dorifto kingu!