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75 Years Of Toyota On Display

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As it turns out, my to the Toyota Automobile Museum in Japan earlier this couldn’t have happened at a time. Not only did I get the chance to see the usual displays, but I also had the fortune of dropping by during the of the enormous ‘Toyota 75′ exhibit, celebrates the company’s 75th

Since this was my first trip to the museum I wasn’t sure what exactly was part of normal lineup, and was part of the special exhibit. I found out that many of the I saw at the Toyota 75 exhibit were that are rarely – if ever– put on display.

In fact, there was concern from some at that the special exhibit be too Toyota-centric for a museum that and celebrates all forms of international history. While I absolutely the idea of promoting the love of the car rather than just the brand, Toyota 75 was extremely done and easily one of the most car museum exhibits I’ve seen.

Because of the sheer of the exhibit, it’s going to me a couple posts to properly everything. Because this was a showing (it wrapped up in the spring), I to do my best to document everything I could.

Fittingly, the exhibit begins a tribute to Kiichiro Toyoda – the of Toyota Motor Corporation and a man who had a belief in the future of Japan’s industry. Also displayed is a authentic replica of the 1936 Model AA – the company’s first passenger car.

The Model AA was inspired by the American cars of the and was powered by an OHV straight-six based on a design. With a retail of ¥3,350 yen, there 1,404 Model AAs produced 1942, when the war put a halt to development.

Following the war, re-emerged with the Model SA in – the company’s first small Because of production restrictions set by the occupation, Toyota chose to on technical innovation, with the SA state-of-the-art technology like independent suspension and column It also carried the ‘Toyopet’ which was chosen as part of a contest.

In the early 1950s the introduced the Toyopet Super, a that was built primarily for use by booming taxi market.

Because of its commercial use and the poor conditions of the time, the Super was to take a beating. It featured a frame, rigid axles and rear, and performance that match many of the American and cars of the time.

Next up an extremely important car not for just but for the Japanese auto industry – the 1955 Toyopet Crown. past models, the Crown was entirely using Japanese and was designed specifically for Japanese

Because of its smooth ride, and sturdiness, the Crown quickly on among both private companies and government agencies. It marked the beginning of one of Toyota’s successful and longest-running nameplates.

the Crown’s long-running history and its importance to Toyota, an entire of display is dedicated to this It’s a fine way to see the evolution of the and the advance in Toyota’s automotive itself.

In 1962 the radically-changed generation Crown debuted more powerful engine and styling that was very of American cars of the time, flat body panels and lights up front.

Then the Crown Eight in 1964. on the standard model, the model an extended wheelbase and a 2.6-liter V8

With features like steering, power windows and control the Crown Eight set new for what was possible in a Japanese car.

In 1967 that was replaced by the all new Toyota Century. For after, the V8 and later V12-powered would serve as transportation of for Japan’s most important – both in the corporate and government

The Crown meanwhile continued to with the third generation series debuting in 1967. Japan’s economy growing the 50 series Crown was marketed to individuals, as well as the companies had already made it so successful. also one of my personal favorite of the Crown – no bias I swear!

saw the introduction of the 60-series Crown, commonly known as the Kujira The S60 Crowns featured wrap-around and other bold styling that were a dramatic from the previous model.

car buyers however, weren’t keen on the Kujira’s new styling. The gave up its leading spot in the for the first time since its in 1955.

So It’s not surprising when the next generation arrived in 1974, it was wearing more conservative styling. The new also came equipped other options like disc brakes and a four-speed transmission.

An updated take on the same formula was used again in when the new sixth generation appeared.

By the mid 1980s Japan’s period was in full swing and the generation Crown very reflected the tastes of the era. It was available with both aspirated and turbocharged powerplants, and for the time independent rear


The Crown got even more with the introduction of the eighth car in 1987, with options electronic air suspension and traction For 1989 the top-end model even be had with Toyota’s 1UZ-FE V8 engine.

In 1991 the got a complete redesign, and the higher end were split off into the luxurious Crown Majesta

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The newest iteration of the Crown on in the exhibit is a 10th generation car 1995. There have four subsequent generations of car since, with the most debuting at the end of last year. that for history?

Another important car that’s part of the is a 1983 Toyota Camry The second generation Camry first generation Camry was a drive sedan sold as of the Celica line) was Toyota’s ever transverse engine, drive car. Although it become a massive success in the Camry would become the of Toyota’s success in North

Also appearing for the first in the early 1980s was the Toyota When it was released in 1981 the was the replacement for the coupé versions of the and Corona Mark II and it would become the Japanese market of the Lexus SC.

Speaking of Lexus, the of the luxury brand is an important of of the Toyota 75 exhibit. Here the is represented by the groundbreaking first LS400. A true world-beating sedan.

I didn’t forget the sport cars either ≠ the 1965 Toyota Sports 800 and its combination of sports car handling, weight and stellar fuel A major part of Toyota’s DNA.

Then of course the 2000GT, which I don’t think needs much at this point.

Or perhaps you your Toyota-built dream to be of the more modern variety. The LFA is represented at the exhibit in both dressed…

… and scantily clad

Even better, there’s a of very cool dioramas tell the story of the car’s process from start to

The dioramas were built by of volunteers to ‘hand down the of craftsmanship’ that defines the production.

It’s really the best thing to getting an tour of the now-completed LFA Works

So there you have it. We’ve from 1930s sedans to V10-powered supercars and we’re half way done!

Next I’ll return with from the Toyota 75 exhibit, Corollas, Celicas, Coronas and a lot more.

Mike Garrett

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