You know the old saying, “diamonds are forever?” Although no vehicle may last forever, you may find some Toyota customers who think otherwise! This is the story of the very 1972 Toyota Carina currently in our showroom at Toyota of Escondido.
Jim and Radyn Howe moved to Escondido California in 1962, and over the course of a decade failed to find their perfect vehicle. The Howe’s wanted a vehicle that was reliable, gas efficient (for the time), and reasonably affordable. In 1972 the Howe’s found their perfect vehicle, the Toyota Carina! They bought their Carina from Reynold’s Toyota, which is now Toyota of Escondido, and that is only the beginning.
In 1972 the Howe’s found their perfect vehicle, the Toyota Carina!
On May 22, 1972 Jim and Radyn Howe made a lifelong commitment. Over the next 14 years the couple used their Toyota Carina as their daily driver, and they loved it.
When Jim Howe passed away in 1986 Radyn sold their Buick and kept their Toyota Carina as her one and only car. The 1972 Toyota Carina served Radyn faithfully for another 24 years! (14 + 24 = we’re at 38 years in this story in case you lost count)
Over the years Radyn had received numerous inquiries and offers for her beloved Toyota Carina but she refused them all, unable to part ways her beloved car. When Radyn Howe passed away in 2010 her three children with left with the dilemma of what to do with their parents old Toyota Carina, which Radyn Howe was so attached to.
The 1972 Toyota Carina served Radyn faithfully for another 24 years!
Toyota of Escondido expressed interest in restoring Mrs. Howe’s Toyota Carina and displaying it in our showroom. Not wanting to sell their mother’s beloved vehicle, and being thrilled at the prospect of if being restored to its original beauty, the Howe children decided to donate the 1972 Toyota Carina to Toyota of Escondido. As promised the Carina has been fully restored and drives as it should, and is still on display in our showroom today!
As promised the Carina has been fully restored
Jim and Radyn Howe are survived by their three children, Jerry Howe, Ken Howe, and Cheryl Mullett. Toyota of Escondido would like to kindly thank the Howe family for their donation.
IN MEMORY OF JIM AND RADYN HOWE
This is just one incredible story of how Toyota’s have been a part of people’s lives, not just in Southern California, but all over the world. For more incredible Toyota stories visit the Camry Effect. To start your own lifelong Toyota adventure visit Toyota of Escondido!
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