2003 Toyota Verossa

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Vehicle: 2003 Toyota Verossa

Engine: 2.5 twin cam

Transmission: Four-speed

Colour: Pearl white with silver roof

Name: Alan Hunter

From: Invercargill

When and why did you buy it? I bought it in 2014 because it was a Lexus type. It is classed as a poor man’s Lexus. I have had a few cars, but this is the only one that won’t be sold

Have you altered it in any way? I had to replace the rear shocks because they were leaky. I fitted after-market KYB shocks that work well

Where’s your favourite stretch of road? Dunedin to Oamaru. This car is great on this hilly road

Top speed? Its top speed is unknown as it has never been to the race track to find out

Worst driving experience? South of Oamaru when a big Yank tank came towards me head-on. I was lucky the road was clear of other cars, and I was able to dodge it

What other vehicles of note have you owned? Hillman, 1974 Ford Fairmont, 1984 Holden Commodore SLE, 1987 Nissan Skyline diesel, 1996 Nissan Laurel

Best music to drive to? Anything country

Describe your driving style: At my age, now just cruise and be safe, and just enjoy the car that drives as good as the Verossa

If you could go for a drive in any vehicle it would be a…? One of these with a V8 in it or a proper V8 Lexus

What was the first car you ever bought? Hillman

Do you belong to any clubs? I used to be in the Eastern Southland Car Club and use to race a Mazda rally car

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