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The Toyota Usa Museum


The release of the Toyota 86/Scion has not only breathed new life the enthusiast car market. it’s breathed new life into the brand itself. There was a period where it seemed had completely given up on making fun but that’s changed now and we can hope the 86/FR-S are just the first in a new of exciting Toyota vehicles down the line.

With new-found excitement over the swirling in my head, I recently a visit to the Toyota USA Automobile in Torrance, California, located down the street from American headquarters.

I’d never Toyota’s US museum before, and was at the sheer size of the facility. Of Toyota is one of the planet’s biggest and their US roots go back to In other words, there’s  of history to be told at this

Through the 45,000 square collection of preserved and restored vehicles, as well as those by third parties, the museum cars and trucks of every and era. From their models…

…well into the modern

It’s not just production that are on display at the museum, but group of race cars represent the history of Toyota in North America.

The 1958 Crown should a good to start as it represents the first passenger car sold in the United America in the late ’50s was a of huge cars with styling and powerful engines, so the and underpowered Crown never caught on among car buyers in the Instead of giving up though, went back to the drawing to build a car that better to American buyers.

The car that came back with was the (seen on the left), originally for the 1965 model year. The proved to be a success and pushed down the road to huge in the US market.

At the same time the had built a strong reputation for in the United States with the Cruiser, which first on sale in 1958.

As you would the Toyota USA Museum has many of the Land Cruiser in its collection the model’s long history.

The Land Cruiser holds the distinction of being the only model offered in the United continuously from day one all the way to the present.

see a ’64 model year Fj45 Cruiser sitting alongside the FJ Cruier introduced in 2006.

Of the legendary 2000GT is represented at the This car is actually one a few in the collection.

actually a specific corner of the dedicated to the history of the 2000GT, period posters and news as well as a complete version of the Yamaha-developed inline six.

One of the I liked most about the is hot the displays are divided by up by model. this you can really see the evolution of nameplate right in front of Here we have a ’69 Corolla marks the first generation of the sold in the US.

By 1970, (the year of this beautiful wagon) the Corolla had become the popular import vehicle in the States, surpassing cars the Volkswagen Beetle.

One of my personal favorites of the museum’s of Corollas is this ’83 Corolla SR5

Acquired from the original back in 2002, the Corolla is in condition down to the 13″ rallye wheels and Yokohama tires.

on hand is an ’87 Corolla FX hatchback at the NUMI factory in Fremont, I did notice the collection lacked an of the AE86 Corolla, but we all know how it is to find ANY stock AE86, let one in “museum condition”.

While was no AE86, I did find an absolutely example of an ’83 Starlet. Us enthusiasts the Starlet for being an extremely FR platform to build from, but it was new the Starlet was known for its incredible economy numbers. 44MPG and 54 MPG highway according to the info with the car!

The pickup has been extremely important to success in the US, and the museum includes from every generation of truck.

Toyota’s journey into the truck market began the Stout in the mid 1960s. Powered by a four cylinder engine, the proved to be capable work that delivered impressive economy numbers compared to the domestic pickups.

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By 1969 the was replaced by the even smaller which truly established in the truck market and helped the new “minitruck” segment.

In the following Toyota’s American truck continued to expand. The massive Tundra is just the latest in the

The Toyota Camry isn’t for getting car enthusiast blood but you can’t dismiss just how the Camry car has been to Toyota’s in the United States.

This Camry LE is a prototype model represents the first Camry in the US.  Year after since its introduction the Camry has at or near the top of American sales I’ll go ahead and wait here while you call mom and tell her that her Camry is a piece.

Love it or hate it, I leave out the Prius – another important car for Toyota as represented at the by this first generation

Let’s move on to something a bit more exciting now – the Celica

One of the most desirable cars in the museum is surely this ’71 ST.  The first generation won over American car buyers by classic pony car styling and an driving experience in a compact and package.

Another standout the history of the Celica is this All-Trac model. With so focus on the Subaru Impreza and Evo, it’s easy to that Toyota also was a big when it came to all wheel turbocharged fun.

It was the also the Celica line that the was born. This model the first iteration of the Supra was basically a stretched out Celica an inline six in place of the Celica’s cylinder.

Also in this is a beautiful example of the 1982 Supra.

There a few cars better represent the 1980s the angular, flared Celica This was the badass car to have in the era I, and I’m sure many of you were

This immaculate ’93 Supra represents the final (as of now at least) of the Supra. Even though 20 years old now, the JZA80 holds dream car status many.

There’s so much to from the Toyota Museum I’ll need to continue soon in another post. time we’ll check out more historic Toyotas, as as Lexus vehicles and of course the cars.

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