Turns out The happy ending of this story was actually just the happy middle, with more kindness to come.
2.7 million yen ($ 24,700) is usually a very good price to sell for a 32-year-old car, but it came to a man in Osaka earlier this year in some sad circumstances. The man who walks by Leiz on Yahoo! Japan’s auction site wanted to sell its 1989 Toyota Suprathat he has been driving since the early 1990s. It wasn’t because he had lost his love for the classic Japanese sports car, but because it was needed money to pay for medical treatment for his house catas he stated in the listing.
Leiz set 2.7 million yen as the buy-it-now price for the car and didn’t really expect the auction to get that high, as that’s quite a lot more than this car model would normally fetch in the condition of its vehicle. To his surprise, however, one buyer agreed to the number after his story spread across the internet. It turned out the buyer who walks by MasakobaAlso a car and animal lover from Osaka, he understands how painful it must be for Leiz to part with the Supra, so he made him a deal: He would build a garage on his property specifically to house the Supra, hold onto it, and eventually sell it back to Leiz at an unspecified date in the future for the exact same priceessentially turning the sale into a 2.7 million yen loan to a complete stranger.
▼ A Supra of the same generation as Leiz’s
That sounds like a happy ending, but it wasn’t … because everything has just gotten happier since then. From August Leiz’s cat, Silk Has completed the final treatment for infectious peritonitis in cats and is back in good health. Next, Leiz was on his to-do list to start the long process of saving to buy back his Supra the car itself suddenly stopped in front of his house, and in far better condition than when it was sold. Masakoba has done an extensive restoration of the vehicle in the past few months. The body panels had to be machined, which meant removing the aftermarket aero equipment first and then reattaching it. Working on a car’s bodywork means that the paint needs to be touched up afterward, and instead of going with a cheap generic brand, Masakoba had the entire car repainted at his factory spec at Toyota’s factory. Over time, various rubber components in the engine compartment can begin to harden and crack, negatively affecting performance, so these too have been pulled out and replaced.
After staying in touch with Leiz since the sale and hearing that Silk was now fully recovered, he had his mechanics drive to Leiz’s house in the Supra to show him the transformation … then they left the car there because Masakoba is Return it to Leiz for free to celebrate the clean cat health certificate.
▼ Hold your thumbs up because his greatness has even more levels.
Masakoba was hoping to get Leiz’s car back to him before Silk’s treatments were finished, but the restoration of the Supra wasn’t finished until this month. During the trial, Masakoba, a devout Christian of the Faith, also paid a special visit to the Fushimi-Inari Shrine in Kyoto to purchase an Omamori lucky charm on behalf of Silk. Oh, and why did he send his mechanics to drop off the car? He didn’t want to spoil the moment by getting Leiz to thank him, but rather give him pure joy at the unexpected reunion.
Compassionate, Generous, Open-minded, and Modest? Good Samaritans don’t get much better than that, and we hope Leiz’s days will be filled with the rumbling of his car’s exhausts and the purring of his healthy cat for a long, long time to come.
Source: With news about Livedoor News about Hachima Kiko
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